In struggle against traffic-safety scofflaws, OurStreets app is set to let D.C. users report violations

A District-based transportation app is testing the idea that city dwellers can dent everyday road dangers with their smartphones.

The app’s developers are piping user-reported data into the city’s enforcement agency overseeing Uber and Lyft drivers, and they are seeking to expand to other departments and cities as well.

OurStreets, set to be released in January, will let users report cars blocking crosswalks, plugging up bike lanes and squatting in spaces reserved for people with disabilities. Reporting speeders, red-light runners, aggressive drivers, near misses, improperly parked scooters, and blocked fire hydrants and bus lanes will be a few thumb taps away, they say.