Anyone out there have a similar problem?
I would love to have a totally up to date geographic inventory of bike racks in my fair city, but this is particularly challenging due to instances where people will privately install bike racks without any associated permit process. For years bike racks have been installed without any sort of tracking, so there is a wealth of inventory out there undocumented. I have already made efforts to become more integrated in bike rack tracking for new construction projects, but I am throwing the bigger problem out there to the throbbing brain for input. My office's solution to this problem in the past has been to perform GPS field work, which has worked fine within the downtown area. However, our boundary is far too large and staff is far too small in numbers for this approach to work long term.
What I need is an incentive for people to self-report (something along the lines of free advertising through our FB page, but with a little more pop). Also, if there is an app out there where people can photograph a rack, GPS it, and send it to my office, then I can start to brand the idea as people participating in the planning process. Any other ideas?
Thanks for reading...