Broken Sidewalks Quack Me Up! Contest
July 26 – September 7, 2020
Share pictures and written descriptions of unsafe and inaccessible sidewalks — and win great prizes!
We will be awarding prizes in the following categories:
- Most 311 reports.
- Best and worst sidewalk / path along a construction site.
- Best and worst sidewalk near a school or park.
- Most uneven sidewalk.
- Smoothest sidewalk.
- Narrowest sidewalk / path of travel.
- Widest sidewalk / path of travel.
- Worst ramp.
- Best decorated duck.
- Most attractive sidewalk (both safe and accessible).
- Most original sidewalk design (both safe and accessible).
- Good sidewalk that became rapidly unsafe.
We hope you win a duck trophy!
And view some of the pictures from our Contest Launch on July 26 in sync with the Americans with Disabilities Anniversary below.
The SF Sidewalk Search Party has been meeting since May 2019. This community-driven group has been strategizing ways to educate City departments and private construction sites on making sure temporary pathways around construction areas are accessible for all types of mobility.
As part of our work, we created a Sidewalk Bill of Rights outlining the conditions that all temporary paths of travel should meet.
Quacked Sidewalks Campaign
Before the shelter-in-place, we planned a community action to bring attention to inaccessible paths of travel at construction sites along South Van Ness. With our new reality of social distancing, we have planned a virtual activity instead, to help us practice in our own neighborhoods. This will help us prepare for when we’re all together in person to bring attention to inaccessible paths of travel at construction sites with a mass 311 mobilization!
Duck Squad Shelter-in-Place Waddling Orders: Take a picture of an inaccessible sidewalk with a duck in the corner and post your photos to the SF Sidewalk Search Party Facebook page! (Note: You must “join” the page first.)
- Presentation from 4/27/20 Zoom Talk
- Download, print, and share our low vision duck and wheeled duck cutouts for your photos.
How to Use 311 to Report Inaccessible Sidewalks
It’s easy — and important! — to report inaccessible, unsafe sidewalks to the City using 311. Download and share a flyer with 311 reporting instructions. There are three ways to contact 311 in San Francisco: call 311 from your 415 phone (or 415-701-2311 outside of SF), download and use the SF 311 app (iOS, Android), or go to the sf311.org website.
When reporting to 311, be sure to include the following information:
- Location. A street address is required, so just use the closest address when the location is vague.
- Photo. A photo helps the City understand the problem.
- Description. Make sure to describe the problem, even if you submit a photo.