Friday, September 6, 2013

Columbus iPhone App Gets Update

Yes, the City of Columbus has an iPhone app.  And an Android App, if you're so inclined.  

It's actually been out for a couple of years now, and it gives locations of city services and the like.  I've not mentioned the thing here on Carless Columbus in the past because, frankly, I haven't found it all that useful (and if the features I'm talking about have actually been part of the app in the past, I apologize, I just discovered them recently).  

But, I'm happy to say that's changed.  The app now has a link to the Columbus 311 service line where you can file service requests with the city to get things fixed!  This includes issues like potholes, requesting bike racks, and a multitude of other issues (not all bike- or even traffic-related).  So you need never worry about forgetting to file a request to have a pothole fixed again - just pull over (PLEASE) and file your claim as you find the pothole in question, or see a great spot for a bike rack, or whatever.  

Not that it has anything to do with carless commuting, but the app also lets us know when recycling and trash days are in the neighborhoods around the city.  This is definitely a big plus.  


  

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4 comments:

  1. I'm not sure how much app development runs, but at 160k, I would think a local columbus firm could produce an excellent app at that price.

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    1. I would agree with that. It's not so much that the app was/is poorly designed or anything like that, it's just that I never found it all that useful Now I do.

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  2. The idea respects have an app for our city.Anyway to spend that much money and get nothing that is bad.Delaware city developed their app for free and the app is functional unlike this one where you needed to download 20mb and it uses excites 70 MB of memory and still freezes and moderate.Likewise why Coleman's portrait is there,would we say we are gonna transform it with Evert leader!?That is an example for an expensive app that went bad.

    Rachel Wood.

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    1. Agreed. A lot of of it is still pretty useless, and it's not even that great an app. But it's got a few items that are helpful - even if the execution isn't top notch.

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