A Pilot Deployment of an Online Tool for Large-Scale Virtual Auditing of Urban Accessibility


Manaswi Saha, Kotaro Hara, Soheil Behnezhad, Anthony Li, Michael Saugstad, Hanuma Maddali, Sage Chen, Jon E. Froehlich


ASSETS '17: Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, October 2017, Pages 305–306, https://doi.org/10.1145/3132525.3134775


Project Sidewalk is an online tool that allows anyone—from motivated citizens to government workers—to remotely label accessibility problems by virtually walking through city streets. Basic game design principles such as interactive onboarding, mission-based tasks, and stats dashboards are used to train, engage, and sustain users. We describe the current Project Sidewalk system, present results of a pilot public deployment with 581 users, and discuss open questions and future work.