A shared language for the world's streets.

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.

Why we need SharedStreets

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.

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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.

Standardize

SharedStreets is working with cities and companies to set standards for how data about vehicle activity and physical infrastructure is described and shared.

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Produce

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.

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Anonymize

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.

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Share

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.

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