With the launch of Streetsblog’s year-end online pledge drive  comes an exciting opportunity to win a sweet new bike. Thanks to our friends at Bicycle Habitat , over in NYC, everyone who gives $50 or more online will be entered to win a new Specialized Sirrus or a Vita hybrid bike. If you win, you can choose which one of these beauties you want and we’ll ship it to you:
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In the year ahead, increasing numbers of San Franciscans will discover the benefits of protected bike lanes, and they’ll want more. Some Muni lines will see improvements, but the pace of change has to be quicker to make a difference for most residents. The need for complete streets and effective transit will be as great as ever. We’ll be on a mission to ensure that people-first transportation policies keep moving forward, and we need your continued support to do it.
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- Keep the pressure on SFPD and the DA’s office to get serious about traffic enforcement, crash investigations, and saving lives by deterring dangerous driving.
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