FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: David C. Murphy,
President, Angelenos Against Gridlock
ANGELENOS AGAINST GRIDLOCK LAUNCHES CROWDSOURCING SITE FOR 405 FREEWAY PROJECT COMPLAINTS & IDEAS
SUBMIT AND VOTE ON THE TOP COMPLAINTS & IDEAS FOR THE MUCH-DELAYED 405 MEGAPROJECT
LOS ANGELES, CA – Angelenos Against Gridlock announces the launch of a new crowdsourcing site to aggregate the most important complaints and ideas regarding the much-delayed I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. Launched as part of a complete redesign of Angelenos Against Gridlock's website, endinggridlock.org, the crowdsourcing tool will empower frustrated Angelenos to submit, aggregate, and vote for the top complaints and ideas about the 405 construction megaproject.
The crowdsourcing effort is built using software from UserEcho (http://userecho.com/), whose feedback submission tools let users submit, comment, and vote on ideas, so that the most important issues rise to the top.
The site is designed to amplify the most critical ideas and issues to ease construction impacts on commuters and residents, improve mobility, and to speed completion of the much-delayed billion dollar 405 megaproject originally due to have been completed this past May. More than 300,000 daily drivers travel in the Sepulveda Pass on the 405, and overall as a freeway, the 405 is ranked by the Federal Highway Administration as the busiest freeway in the nation.
"Given the scale of the 405 project and its daily impact on literally hundreds of thousands of drivers and residents, we wanted to empower Angelenos to make their voices heard," said David C. Murphy, President of Angelenos Against Gridlock. "Being on or and nearby, the 405 can drive you mad. Why not bring Silicon Valley smarts to the Sepulveda Pass? Popular sites like Reddit allow users to vote topics up or down so the most compelling posts become clear -- now, our new site applies similar crowdsourcing and voting technology to empower legions f frustrated Angelenos to join their voices to improve their daily quality of life," Murphy said.
How to Submit and Vote on Ideas:
1. Go to http://endinggridlock.org and click on the 405 logo (or use the menu at the top (under Faster 405 Campaign)) to go to our crowdsourcing site. It's both web and mobile friendly (but please don't visit it while driving--we want you alive!).
2. Submit ideas one at a time. (Detailed instructions: write a brief subject in the initial text submission box, prompting an automatic search for duplicates; then, click the blue Post button that appears. The next screen lets you post full details with a longer description and optionally upload photos or videos; click Post when done--that's it!)
3. To vote on ideas other people submit, click "Latest Updates," then hover over a submission's current vote count (to the left of each topic) and click the up or down arrows that appear, to vote up (agree) or down (disagree).
Other Ways to Submit Ideas: Submitting directly to our crowdsourcing site as detailed above is the best way to make sure other Angelenos can vote on your ideas (and it's mobile friendly, too!). But if you have trouble or prefer, ideas/complaints can also be submitted on our Facebook page (using the embedded UserEcho tab or by simply posting to our wall), posted to our Google+ page, tweeted to us, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or submitted via voicemail to 424.262.0405.)
Note -- be sure to continue to submit ideas directly to Metro, too: don't just submit urgent issues to our site; continue to send complaints and ideas directly to Metro (see their Contact Us tab for their emails and hotline--we're not affiliated with Metro). Our site is not the way to get urgent issues fixed -- rather, by also posting ideas on our crowdsourcing tool, your ideas become public so that other people can amplify your voice with their votes and comments, so the most important topics rise to the top. We'll invite Metro's 405 Project staff to follow what the top voted priorities are, to inform their actions.)
The Power of Crowdsourcing Ideas
The power of amplifying each others' voices is illustrated by a recent example from the offline world. At a Metro 405 Community Meeting, Angelenos Against Gridlock staff called for high-visibility electronic messaging signs to be placed along the 405 warning motorists of upcoming exit closures, and the idea was repeated by numerous other residents speaking after us at the forum, and by a Los Angeles Times Opinion LA blog post the next day, leading to successful implementation of the idea by the 405 Project team. "With our 405 crowdsourcing site, we're empowering all Angelenos to amplify each others' voices, so that the best ideas to "rise to the top" and to garner the attention of 405 Project officials," Murphy said.
This crowdsourcing effort is made possible by Elon Musk's generous support of Angeleons Against Gridlock.
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Angelenos Against Gridlock (www.endinggridlock.org) advocates for world-class transportation options for Los Angeles, with a fully-built out rail system, bike safety improvements, timely freeway and road improvements, and more. With programs ranging from pro-transit outreach supported by funders like the David Bohnett Foundation, to the Faster 405 Campaign (faster405.com) funded by Tesla & SpaceX Founder & CEO Elon Musk, , a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. Rose FoundationAngelenos Against Gridlock is fiscally sponsored by the Angelenos Against Gridlock has been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, and by the LA Times, LA Daily News, LA Business Journal, Curbed LA, LA Observed, HuffPost, and more. Join us in fighting for a LA to meet its full potential, by tackling our most infamous problems.
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