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Give to Streetsblog SF and You Could Win a Dahon Folding Bike

When Streetsblog San Francisco launched in 2009, I was glued. There I was, a student at SF State University frustrated by the constant missed opportunities to make the city’s streets safer for walking and biking and to speed up Muni. But the city’s movement for livable streets seemed to be coalescing into something bigger, and the launch of Streetsblog seemed to come at just the right time.

As a reader, the coverage from Bryan, Matthew, and Michael in those first years gave me a new perspective on what was standing in the way of everything from corner sidewalk extensions to protected bike lanes (remember the bike injunction?) to Bus Rapid Transit routes — and it helped connect me with ways to take action.

Thanks to reader support, Streetsblog has been able to persevere, and for the last year-and-a-half I have had the incredible privilege to manage and produce Streetsblog SF. If you value the coverage we provide, please make a contribution to Streetsblog during our spring pledge drive, so we can continue to bring you the latest in livable streets.

Since a group of fearmongering merchants started to threaten the redesign of Polk Street for safer walking and biking, Streetsblog has been the only news source cutting through the misinformation and holding our supposedly bike-friendly leaders’ feet to the fire. When the Mayor’s Office endorsed a proposal for SF’s next freeway removal, we broke the news and got the conversation rolling. And no one else is covering important issues like parking policy or regional urban planning in as much detail as Streetsblog.

We can’t do it without support from readers like you. And to sweeten the deal a bit, anyone who makes a gift of $50 or more (or a monthly gift of $5 or more) will be entered into the drawing to take home an awesome folding bike, courtesy of Dahon:

In the coming months, Streetsblog will need your support as we push our electeds at City Hall to fund the city’s visionary bicycle and pedestrian strategies, track the re-shaping of Market Street, hold the SFPD to its pledge to enforce the most dangerous driving behaviors, and see through the SFMTA’s implementation of delayed protected bike lanes and pedestrian safety upgrades on Fell and Oak Streets. Plus, when KTVU broadcasts ridiculous scaremongering reports about bike-share, who else is going to call them out?

Thanks to all our donors for making Streetsblog possible. Please make a tax-deductible gift to help us raise $40,000 by June 1 and keep us going through 2013 and beyond.

– Aaron

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Thanks to Everyone Who Gave to Streetsblog and Streetfilms in 2012

On behalf of the staff of Streetsblog and Streetfilms I’d like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who donated to our year-end pledge drive. Reader support is what keeps us going, and this year everyone contributed in a big way.

We’ve counted up the online donations and the checks that came in the mail, and all told you raised $57,360 for livable streets journalism in the last 67 days of 2012. That’s huge!

Donors from all over the country won prizes supplied by our fantastic sponsors. Streetsblog SF supporter Scott Zimmermann won the Patagonia jacket. Sam from DC is taking home a collection of jazz CDs from Sunnyside Records. Five readers are getting posters courtesy of ARTCRANK. And the grand prize, a Specialized hybrid bike supplied by our friends at Bicycle Habitat, is getting shipped out to Zane Bishop, who’s currently studying planning at Ball State University in Carmel, Indiana. Ride it well, Zane.

Since we’re so, so close to hitting the $60,000 goal, we’re going to leave the donate banners up on the site until the end of this week, or until we hit the target, whichever comes first. There are no prizes to claim, just the satisfaction of putting us over the top, making us take down the fundraising banner, and helping Streetsblog and Streetfilms get off to a great start in 2013.

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Get Involved With Streetsblog — Internship Available

Streetsblog San Francisco is searching for an intern who wants to get involved in online media covering the local livable streets movement. The intern will perform tasks like posting daily headlines, updating the events calendar, maintaining the appearance of the site, and writing content for the blog.

Ideal candidates will have experience in reporting and/or communications, possess a strong familiarity with San Francisco, and share our passion for progressive transportation and planning policies that make the city a better place for transit, biking, and walking. Interns would be paid a small stipend for their work and have the opportunity to take on more challenging responsibilities over time.

Availability requires about 5 to 10 hours per week. Early morning availability for up to three days per week is needed to post the day’s headlines.

People of color, LGBT individuals, women and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, references and three writing samples to abialick@streetsblog.org.

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Give to Streetsblog SF and You Could Win a New Bike

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:

Every donation will help Streetsblog SF produce reporting and commentary in support of streets that work for people, not cars. Our coverage helps more San Franciscans get engaged with livable streets issues and makes the case for safer, greener, and more affordable transportation options.

Streetsblog SF is here to hold officials accountable for decisions that affect our streets and transit system, and to highlight how the city can get things right. When the Board of Supervisors caves on sensible reforms for funding Muni, or the District Attorney makes a blatantly false claim blaming victims of traffic violence, we’re there to spotlight it. And when the SFMTA rolls out infrastructure that makes it safer and easier to get around by biking or walking, we get the word out and show how better streets improve San Franciscans’ quality of life.

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.

Your tax-deductible gift will help us:

  • Highlight new street designs and raise expectations for the SFMTA’s roll-out of protected bikeways, better Muni routes, and safer streets for walking.
  • Make the case for smart development that fulfills the promise of a transit-first city instead of dumping more cars on the streets.
  • 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.

So far this fall Streetsblog has raised $35,000 from our annual benefit, and we’re counting on our readers to help us reach our fundraising goal of $60,000 for 2012.

Thank you to everyone who has helped keep us going. Please give to Streetsblog SF today and support journalism that makes our streets safer, greener, and more livable.

– Aaron

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Congratulations to Our Two PUBLIC Bike Winners

Photo: PUBLIC Bikes

In case you notice a particularly gleeful smile on someone riding a PUBLIC Bike this week, it may just be one of the two lucky winners of our Streetsblog pledge drive contest. Congratulations to Caryl Gay and Brian Manford, who will soon be hopping on their brand new PUBLIC V7 bikes.

A huge thanks again to all of our readers, and to PUBLIC Bikes, who stepped up to help us exceed our fundraising goal of $30,000. We’re very excited and encouraged to be going into another year continuing our coverage with a strong foundation of support.

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Give By Midnight: Last Chance to Win a PUBLIC Bike

With just eight hours left in the Streetsblog+Streetfilms spring pledge drive, we need about $2,000 to hit our target of $30,000. Help us meet our goal and you’ll get the chance to win an awesome PUBLIC bike or a set of Yehuda Moon comics.

The continued support from our gracious readers has been crucial in helping us produce the original reporting, commentary, and videos that influence the decisions shaping our streets and neighborhoods. If you read Streetsblog regularly, please consider giving.

And one last reminder: A lucky supporter who gives $50 or more to Streetsblog SF or Streetfilms before midnight will get to choose one of these tantalizing PUBLIC V7 or PUBLIC C7 bikes, thanks to the folks at PUBLIC Bikes.

We’ll announce the winners of all our pledge drive giveaways on Monday. Thanks for contributing and for making Streetsblog and Streetfilms an effective online voice for livable streets.

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Help Put Our Spring Pledge Drive Over the Top (and Win Free Comics)

We’re rounding the final turn in our spring fundraising campaign, and thanks to hundreds of generous donations to Streetsblog and Streetfilms the finish line is within sight. Just $3,500 in donations this week and we’ll reach our goal of raising $30,000 by June 1. Your support enables us to produce high-impact content making the case for livable streets and green transport. So if you haven’t given yet, no more holding back – now’s the time to contribute. The pledge drive ends Friday at midnight.

Our next giveaway: Three lucky supporters will win a complete set of Yehuda Moon comics. For the uninitiated, Yehuda Moon is the all-weather cyclist and crusading bike shop owner heading up a cast of characters who tell stories from the streets and bikeways of northeast Ohio. The comic is the work of Rick Smith and Brian Griggs, and it’s full of brilliant, universal insights into bike culture.

Thanks to Brian and Rick, we’ve got three Yehuda Moon compilations (each consisting of four volumes) to award at the end of the week:

Readers who give $50 or more to Streetsblog SF will also be entered to win a new PUBLIC city bike courtesy of PUBLIC Bikes. Only three days left to put yourself in the running.

Many thanks to all our readers who contributed to this pledge drive and supported our work. One more push and we’ll reach our goal.

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Two Weeks Left in Our Spring Pledge Drive — This Week: Win a Vaya Bag

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blogging for a quick pep talk. Thanks to our generous and supportive readers, Streetsblog and Streetfilms are almost halfway to our goal of raising $30,000 by June 1. We’ve got two weeks left to raise $17,000 — help us reach that target so we can keep making the case for designing cities around people, not cars.

Your donations directly fund the original reporting, commentary, and videos we produce – powerful content that influences the decision makers who shape our streets and neighborhoods.

For a bit of added incentive this week, we’re giving away a new handmade messenger bag from Vaya, makers of bags and other bike accessories using recycled materials, to one lucky reader who donates by May 24 at midnight. Here’s a look:

And don’t forget the big drawing at the end of the pledge drive for a beautiful PUBLIC V7 or PUBLIC C7 bike courtesy of PUBLIC Bikes — everyone who donates $50 or more to Streetsblog SF will be entered to win.

If you value the work we do at Streetsblog to advance livable streets and green transportation, please give. Thanks as always for reading.

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Give to Streetsblog and You Could Win a Planet Bike Commuter Pack

Thanks to everyone who’s stepped up and chipped in for our spring pledge drive. Your donations are helping us keep the lights on at Streetsblog and Streetfilms so we can deliver high-quality reporting, commentary, and videos covering the movement for safe streets, effective transit, and livable cities.

So now May is upon us, it’s Bike Month, and we’ve got 31 days to hit our target of $30,000. Five readers won subscriptions to “Yes!” magazine in our first round of prize-giving, and thanks to the generous folks at Planet Bike, we have some fantastic accoutrements to give away to three lucky donors. Each package includes:

Here’s most of the package in one place (note: not to scale)…

Reader contributions are an indispensable source of support for Streetsblog and enable us to produce in-depth coverage of the livable streets beat, from local neighborhoods to City Hall to Congress. Please give and help us put together the articles and videos you see on our site every day.

And remember, readers who earmark their contribution specifically for Streetsblog SF will be entered to win a new PUBLIC V7 or PUBLIC C7 bike courtesy of our friends at PUBLIC Bikes.

Happy Bike Month everyone. Thanks for reading and supporting Streetsblog.

– Ben

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Give to Streetsblog SF This Spring and Win a PUBLIC Bike

Photo courtesy of PUBLIC Bikes

It’s been a challenging and fulfilling privilege to be the editor of Streetsblog San Francisco these past few months, but to my mind, our work has only just begun. San Francisco’s livable streets movement has more momentum than ever, and we’re counting on readers like you to help us continue to bring high-impact coverage that informs people and influences policy decisions.

With the launch of our spring pledge drive, we’re bringing back our highly-popular PUBLIC Bikes giveaway for two more lucky supporters:

Donate $50 or more by June 1 and you’ll qualify to win a beautiful PUBLIC V7 or PUBLIC C7 bike! Donate by Monday, April 30 at midnight, and you’ll qualify twice. Early birds get an advantage!

Anyone who gives by April 30 will also be eligible to win a one-year subscription to Yes! magazine, which happens to be Pete Seeger’s favorite publication.

Reader support has been absolutely essential to sustaining Streetsblog San Francisco, and we’re relying on your continued contributions to help us deliver high-impact coverage of the local movement for safe streets and effective transit. Here are a few examples of the recent impacts we’ve had and how your gift will help us continue to make a difference:

Streetsblog SF continues to reach more and more readers, with more followers on Twitter today than any other original news source in the Bay Area.

We’re grateful to our readers who stepped up in a big way to keep us going last year, and to PUBLIC Bikes, who has been a steadfast partner through its second successful year. Only with continued support from our readers can we provide high-impact local coverage connecting more and more people to the movement for sustainable transportation and livable streets.

– Aaron