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Austin's interactive map for traffic safety complaints up to 7,500

Three months after the City of Austin started an interactive map for traffic safety complaints, it's now up to 7,500 issues. (CBS Austin)

Austin residents have posted thousands of traffic safety complaints online that could help the city target improvements.

The city unveiled its first completed project from the 2016 bond Thursday morning. In the future those projects could use information from a new vision zero input map that asks the public what traffic issues they see. Users can target complaints to specific intersections.

Since the map went online in March, people in Austin have posted 7,564 complaints. These include speeding, crosswalks, running red lights or stop signs, a lack of sidewalks and several more.

A lack of sidewalks is the top complaint with 1,426 issues.

“They have to walk in the middle of the street,” homeowner Enrique Trejo said, referring to his children who walk to school on a street without a sidewalk.

Trejo’s street had two complaints. It’s already set to get a new sidewalk in the next 30 days. However, the city public work’s office said they’ll use the feedback from the public on this map to target future sidewalk locations. Those locations will use some of the $37.5 million provided for sidewalks in the 2016 transportation bond.

The pedestrian safety action plan is also using this vision zero input map.

“The vision zero map was a really important tool, it really acted as a crowd source piece of information,” pedestrian coordinator Joel Meyer said. “It’ll be a really good tool for the city to use to compare to our crash data to really understand what’s happening on the ground.”

On 29th Street and Jefferson in Austin, it had three complaints about drivers running through stop signs.

“Oh daily, all the time,” bicyclist Adam Clarke said about how often he sees people run stop signs at the intersection.

“It’s really dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians, anyone walking, families, anything like that,” Clarke said.

Clarke said he likes the idea of the map and wasn’t surprised to hear of the number of issues.

“Honestly if you spread awareness even more I’m sure there would be a lot more complaints than that,” he said.

He says the solution for the intersection will be police ticketing drivers.

“Once people that are using it constantly see that then hopefully they’ll think twice before doing it the next time,” Clarke said.

Through the pedestrian safety action plan, it could use the map to target enforcement at that intersection.

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