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Project Sidewalk: Mapping The accessibility of Columbus sidewalks


Project Sidewalk, an online program from the University of Washington, aims to map out the sidewalks and share the mobility data with city officials. (WSYX/WTTE)
Project Sidewalk, an online program from the University of Washington, aims to map out the sidewalks and share the mobility data with city officials. (WSYX/WTTE)
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It may not be something you notice But once you're in need of a sidewalk to get around it's a different story.

When Dean Allemang broke his ankle he had to get around on a scooter.

"When you break your ankle, you become very aware of how well your city does or does not support mobility," said Allemang.

It's one reason he's involved with "Project Sidewalk." An online program developed at the University of Washington that maps out the sidewalks in your community.

And now the group needs your help to review Google maps and input data.

"The website walks you through a map of Columbus and asks you questions. Like look at this picture of the sidewalks, tell us if there's a blockage, tell us if a wheelchair can go through. Also tells us what's wrong with it or right with it," said Allemang.

All of the data will eventually be shared with the city.

"One of the targets for this is to feed the data into Smart Columbus, the operating system so that anyone using the data can combine this with it and have smarter behavior in their app," he said.

Once the group is finished mapping downtown Columbus, it will start working on other Columbus neighborhoods.

The group is looking for people to join them at their mapping meetings.

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