SharedStreets is a non-profit digital commons for the street. It's a data standard and a platform that serves
as a launching pad for public-private collaboration, and a clearinghouse for data exchange.
More than lines and points on a map, SharedStreets is a system for sharing actionable information across city
and company lines, and helps communities around the world better understand and manage their streets.
How would you describe the location of a parking meter? Or a bus stop? Or the on-ramp to a highway? If you’re talking with a friend you
might use landmarks: the parking meter is in front of the coffee shop; or the bus stop is at the corner. But in a digital world, where precise,
machine-readable descriptions are mandatory, we need a better solution.
Today we often use points and lines on maps to describe places, but when it comes to streets, existing geographic
representations alone don’t quite meet our needs. We need more than just a point in space, we need exact coordinates that match
the increasing demands we’re placing on our streets.
SharedStreets creates a structured language for the street, unlocking new ways of collecting, analyzing and sharing information.
A shared language lets us exchange information about what’s really happening on our streets, breaking down barriers the between
public and private sectors, and combining layers of data in new ways to make streets work better for people.
Explore how SharedStreets works »
At the heart of SharedStreets is a linear referencing system which allows the identification of specific street segments (lines),
and sub-segment locations (points), to be linked to same street. But the story of the street doesn’t end there. Take a bus stop, with
SharedStreets, it is no longer just a point on a map, it is described in relation to all the other things happening on the street around it.
SharedStreets is working with cities and companies to set standards for how data about vehicle activity and physical infrastructure
is described and shared.
Learn more about SharedStreets data standards »
Creating data about streets is complicated. SharedStreets builds open source tools that help cities produce
and maintain structured information about their streets—from curbsides to road closures.
SharedStreets tools also help private companies produce and share standardize data about how we use streets.
Learn more about open source tools for SharedStreets data »
Information about where we go as individuals is incredibly sensitive, but understanding how we move as
a community is crucial to planning and operating our transport system. SharedStreets provides methods for creating new
insights about our collective movement while protecting individual privacy.
Learn more about SharedStreets data standards and matching tools convert movent data to aggregated insights »
Sharing data is about more than just the map—it’s the foundation for open collaboration and trust. We’re building the tools
and governance structures that help private companies and cities work together to create a shared understanding of
what’s happening on our streets.
Join us in developing new models for data sharing and collaboration »