Everyone has experienced it: you’re riding along and there’s a car in your path, perhaps a delivery truck or (if you’re in NYC) a police car. It’s so bad there’s been a hilarious viral video about it:
Back in the early years of the urban cycling revolution, circa 2004-2007, there was an awesome guerilla project called: I Parked In A Bike Lane.org It’s still there, but sadly hasn’t had the funding or inertia needed to really take over the universe. But perhaps that’s because all those awesome tell-tale stickers got expensive to keep printing & giving away for free. And then there’s the argument that just because someone drives like a jerk doesn’t deserve to have their car sticker’d. Bah.
ENTER THE FUTURE
Now that everyone has a smartphone and uses twitter and hashtags, there’s all kinds of new shaming (cough, er. uh.. “accountability”) options. My favorite so far is from an NYU/ITP graduate student called #BKME. It’s short, easy and there’s a clever way of organizing it in different cities while staying local, ie. @bkme_ny or just the handy geo-locating feature of your smartphone.
Who We Are
We are cyclists mftest in NYC.
These bikelanes belong exclusively to us.
We are determined to defend them to stay alive.
This is why we made bkme.org, as a way to authorize urban access for us all.
Think of it as an Open Data platform for collectively recording each violation against our bikelanes, socially in real time.
We are all connected and we must participate in this revolution together.
Starting now we always bike together.
Join us and defend your bikelane.
This is just the beginning.
Viva la Velolución.
Keep in mind we are in super alpha but we are working hard to make BKME even better.
Here is how to join in:
Whether on bike or on foot, Use your mobile device and take a photo of the offending vehicle, take down the license plate and tweet it all to #bkme with your GPS location enabled (here’s how to get a Twitter account and activate geolocation on your device).
We are working on some really cool ideas for the future.
To stay current, follow us at @bkme_ny.
Have a comment or suggestions, want to go for a ride? Awesome!
We would love to hear from you! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The BKME Community