Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - By Ryan Mannion - No comments

'Tis the Season for Potholes

With pothole season upon us SeeClickFix HQ is buzzing with excitement. Every Spring we see a considerable spike in citizen engagement platform wide. Our CEO Ben Berkowitz is famous for saying "potholes are the gateway to citizen engagement" and as the data shows he is spot on. We are all looking forward to see what municipalities have in store for their citizens this year!

Last year Chicago had some fun instituting the first annual "Potholepalooza" encouraging citizens to get out there and report potholes using the SeeClickFix app. 

Chicago IL Press Release:
Tired of Drivin ‘N Cryin’ in Traffic over the Minor Threat of potholes in the Pavement?  Ready to see nothing but The White Stripeson the roadway and not worry about The Cars swerving to avoid potholes?
This weekend, if you are motorist or a Motörhead, participate in the first-ever “Potholepalooza,”  the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) call to Chicagoans to report as many street potholes as possible.  Then watch the show next week as CDOT has The Cure for your Moody Blues and fills all of the potholes reported from Friday, April 5 through Sunday April 6 so that your car doesn’t do the Harlem Shake and give you Divine Fits


Heat map of Chicago DURING Potholepalooza:




















Heat map of Chicago AFTER Potholepalooza:




















Champaign Illinois is off to an early start with an article published a few weeks ago informing citizens on how those annoying potholes are created and how SeeClickFix can help.
Filling potholes is a continuing process that takes place year round, weather permitting. For example, in the period between June 2012 and July 2013, Champaign filled 21,000 potholes
“I have a feeling that once spring gets here, we’ll have more than enough potholes to keep us busy,”
When Champaign residents see potholes around town they can take advantage of the public works’ department’s app SeeClickFix. The app, which launched last year, allows people to take photos of the problem. Then, it geolocates where the photo was and adds it into the database to be fixed, said Champaign Public Works public information officer Kris Koester. The resident who submits the photo will receive a notification when the request is added into the database and when it is fixed.

The Daily Illini Article




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