Bikewise is a new site that allows bicyclists to report crashes, hazards, and thefts. The information is then reported to … um … other bicyclists? It’s not clear exactly who looks at the reports, but man alive are there a bunch in Seattle! That’s because it’s a project of the Cascade Bicycle Club, and it’s been slow to catch on outside of the Northwest Dreadlock Belt.
But surely, San Francisco, we can make use of this website. It’s actually really well-designed, so it would be a shame if it never caught on. Or, wait, should we be reporting bike problems to SeeClickFix, which is basically exactly the same thing except more complicated? Or to 311, which is basically the same thing except they won’t show you anyone else’s report? Or to one of these telephone numbers, which are basically the same thing as the internet except for old people?
It sure would be nice if all of those “submit hyperlocal complaint about city service” websites all shared their data with each other — or better yet, with the city! Eh, but that would take work. And isn’t it enough just to complain? We’ve always thought so.