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USE BERKELEY CONSIDERS TO GIVE INPUT ON BICYCLE PLAN
Register for online forum designed for civility

Berkeley, California (Thursday, April 20, 2017) - Weigh in on whether the City Council should adopt the Berkeley Bicycle Plan 2017 using Berkeley Considers, an online forum intended to broaden civic discourse in a constructive and civil manner.

The bicycle plan is Item 27 on the May 2, 2017 agenda. View and give input on this Berkeley Considers topic, which was selected by the Council Agenda Committee.

Registered users on Berkeley Considers - found at www.cityofberkeley.info/considers - can post their comments online with or without their name. Anyone can view registered comments.

On Berkeley Considers, each person on Council-focused topics will be allowed one comment, a feature enforced through registration and through the platform operator's analysis of 25 different fraud detection data points, such as IP addresses, browser identity and similarity between email addresses.

The forum will also be moderated so that comments comply with our guidelines for civility, which prohibits elements such as hate speech, personal attacks or obscene materials.

In the process, the intention is to create a more informed community and provide Council with a broader array of voices.

The platform is operated by Peak Democracy, which has used its software and services to broaden civic discourse around the country and Canada.

When registering, you will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is used only by Peak Democracy to identify statements from residents in and near Berkeley - so that users know which statements are from local residents. They will keep your information confidential, they do not accept advertising, and they will not share contact information, as noted in the company's Privacy Policy.

Of course, community members can, at any time, mail the full council through one email address: council@cityofberkeley.info.

Online forums are not social science, nor scientific polling. But, as with public comment, it is intended to provide the Council with additional data to help in its decision making process.

Look at the question before you. Consider what others are saying. Let the City Council know what you would like them to consider for Berkeley.

 

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