Let’s advocate for bike lanes in Skopje – summary of Macedonian workshop

postits macedoniaIt’s the third and last day of our Macedonian workshop. Yesterday the group decided on the project the will be working on for next couple of months and it will finish on POINT data-thon.

20 initial ideas for a data project

The group composed of representatives of the following organizations: Eko – svest, Coalition All for Fair Trials, Pogon, CRPM, Public, MCMS, FOOM, Finance Think, Reaktor, FINKI, YEF started with about 20 initial ideas, and finally they decided on only one. The ideas went from very big long-term strategy ones introducing more participative democracy to much more specific ones like the one about advocating for better public toilets in public administration buildings or in schools. The final one project focused on bicycles in Skopje.

Let’s advocate for better bike lanes in Skopje!

The project aims at collecting data important for advocacy regarding bicycling in the city. Since in Macedonia bicycles are the “other vehicles”, there is very few data on traffic. That is why the activists want to crowdsource the data using a mobile app and use it for evidence-based advocacy. Combining that with data collected from the police on stolen bikes and bike accidents, we will get an accurate heath map and understanding on what the real bicycling situation in Skopje is and use it for improving it. That will make the situation better, lives safer and help in urban development of Skopje as well as its ecology. The group will work on the project in the following couple of months, so stay tuned!

Also here are the goodies from the workshop:

Dona Dzambarska’s presentation about data and open data (in Macedonian):

and also some pictures from the workshop on flickr.

You can also read more: about the first day of the training and what is Data Academy project.

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