OpenStreetsNYC Toolkit

For Open Streets in NYC to be a success, the NYC’s Department of Transportation depends on community partners to staff and schedule volunteers. These volunteers move barriers twice a day. Sometimes they perform mid-day shifts and repair them. Additionally, community partners help activate open streets by coordinating various community activities like artistic performances, food drives, community clean ups, events for children, open culture events, community cultural events, and extend open space for local businesses to operate.

This OpenStreetsNYC Toolkit helps community partners manage the logistics of volunteers, time, and communication.

This toolkit is sponsored by a generous donation by Airtable’s COVID-19 relief program.

Features: Logistics management of forms, volunteers, calendars, partners, automated email confirmations and event scheduling. Tools used are Airtable, Google Sheets, Slack and Whatsapp.

Target audience: Community Based Organization, Open Streets Community Coalition, Community or Business Improvement District.

List of partners: North Brooklyn Community Coalition, Sunnyside/Woodside Open Streets, Fort Greene Open Street Coalition, Loisaida Open Streets, Reimagine103.

Lead: Noel Hidalgo & Onedeige James
Support Lead: Onedeige James