The FixMyStreet homepage
|Type of site||Site for reporting potholes, broken street lights and similar problems|
|Created by||User-generated/Public Authority generated|
|Alexa rank||412,245 (December 2013[update])|
FixMyStreet is a mySociety website through which users can report potholes, broken street lights and similar problems with streets and roads in the United Kingdom to their local council or related organisation, and see what reports have already been made.
The site was initially funded by the Department for Constitutional Affairs Innovations Fund and built by mySociety, in conjunction with the Young Foundation; the code for the site was written by Francis Irving, Matthew Somerville, and Chris Lightfoot. The site was originally launched as "Neighbourhood Fix-It", but it was decided to change to a shorter and easier name in June 2007 when one became available. A FixMyStreet app was developed in 2008 to enable iPhone users to report problems using their phones, and since then volunteers have written apps for Nokia and Android, as well as another app for the iPhone.
FixMyStreet won an award at SustainIT eWell-Being Awards in 2008, and has been listed in various newspaper best or top websites. The site was an inspiration for the government's "Show Us A Better Way" contest.
A version of the site for reporting abandoned empty homes, in conjunction with the Empty Homes Agency, Shelter Cymru and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, was launched in late 2008, and was called "a model of easy use" by the Guardian. This site was repurposed for the Channel 4 TV series The Great British Property Scandal in December 2011, which was nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy.
In 2010, FixMyStreet was closely integrated with The Guardian's Guardian Local project. Emily Bell wrote in her launch message: "A hugely important part of this project has been the involvement of MySociety, who we've collaborated with to provide customised versions of their civic tools, allowing and encouraging local residents to report issues, contact their representatives and generally become engaged in the governance and care of their locality.", and Alistair Tibbitt, Development Manager for Greener Leith wrote "the Guardian certainly deserve plaudits for integrating the local FixMyStreet service so tightly into their new Edinburgh Beat Blog."
FixMyStreet has inspired similar sites in other countries. The NUUG funded the development of a Norwegian version of FixMyStreet, FiksGataMi, which also led to the FixMyStreet open source code becoming more generic, easier to install, and able to handle different maps, including OpenStreetMap.
Other inspirations include:
- Australia: FixMyStreet (http://www.fixmystreet.org.au/)
- Belgium (Brussels-Capital Region only): Fix My Street (http://www.fixmystreet.irisnet.be/)
- Canada: FixMyStreet (http://www.fixmystreet.ca/)
- Cyprus: FixCyprus (http://fixcyprus.com/)
- Georgia: http://chemikucha.ge/
- Germany: Mark-a-Spot (http://www.mark-a-spot.org/)
- Korea: FixMyStreet (http://www.fixmystreet.kr)
- Netherlands: Verbeterdebuurt (http://www.verbeterdebuurt.nl/)
- New Zealand: FixMyStreet (http://fixmystreet.org.nz/)
- Greece: fixMyGreece (http://fixmygreece.com/)
- Japan: FixMyStreet (http://www.fixmystreet.jp/)
- Sweden: FixaMinGata (http://www.fixamingata.se/)
- Switzerland: Zurich's ZueriWieNeu (https://www.zueriwieneu.ch/)
- Tunisia: FixKairouan (http://fixkairouan.org/)
- FAQ, FixMyStreet
- "Fixmystreet.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
- Social sites develop a social conscience, Victor Keegan, Guardian, January 2008
- Politicians are using the internet to harness your bright ideas, September 2008
- Residents turn to web in lane fight, Western Mail, February 2008
- FixMyStreet now covers Northern Ireland, July 2012
- eWell-Being Award, mySociety blog, May 2008
- Top 100 sites for the year ahead, Guardian, December 2008
- Best Green websites, Telegraph, November 2009
- Websites set government data free, BBC News, November 2008
- How web tools could help the economy, Guardian, 20 November 2008
- BAFTA and Emmy nominations, May 2013
- Guardian Local project launches with Leeds blog, Guardian, 17 February 2010
- Let's fix our streets!, Guardian, 24 March 2010
- FixMyStreet in Norway, mySociety blog, March 2011