Safe Lanes automatically reads the license plate in the photograph using optical character recognition as well as the location, date and time the photograph was taken saving you time and ensuring that violations are accurately reported. On average, it takes less than 6 seconds to report a blocked bike lane violation using the Safe Lanes app. Many reporting apps, such as San Francisco's official 311 app, do not read the metadata embedded in the photograph which makes it difficult if not impossible for city officials to determine exactly where and when the violation occured.
Our platform also analyzes reports submitted through our app and identifies locations that consistently experience a high number of violations at specific times of the day helping city officials optimize their limited enforcement resources. These insights are also shared with local planning officials to inform curbside management and determine loading zone placement in future bike lane designs.
Safe Lanes was created in April 2019 in the wake of the death of 30 year old Tess Rothstein who was crushed to death by a box truck on Howard and 6th while riding her bike in an unprotected bike lane. As more and more people get out of cars and onto bikes in the global fight against climate change, we believe that everyone has the right to a safe, comfortable path of travel via well designed, protected bicycle lanes.
Safe Lanes was created by Stephen Braitsch, a community activist and 10 year member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and is currently developed by a small and passionate team of amazing volunteers. Interested in getting involved? We're always looking for awesome people to jump in and help out.