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Give to Streetsblog Today and Help Us Deliver Your Livable Streets News

The Streetsblog spring pledge drive got off to a strong start in its first week — thanks to everyone who donated and moved us toward our goal of 400 donations by June 1. Keep the momentum going and make a tax-deductible gift today to media that matters to livable streets in San Francisco.

Your contributions supply the resources we need to write and report about the city’s pressing street safety and transit issues. One of our generous contributors last week, James Dashe, said he gave to Streetsblog SF because “nobody else provides the sort of comprehensive coverage of these issues as you do.”

If you value Streetsblog’s in-depth coverage of San Francisco transportation — and how we hold civic leaders accountable for making our streets safer — please make a donation today.

San Francisco is starting to see real changes from law enforcement agencies, which are backing up the Vision Zero rhetoric with policy changes, and we need to keep on fighting for the expansion of bikeways and implementation of the Muni Transit Effectiveness Project. Your donations help ensure Streetsblog is there to call out our elected leaders when they pander to the not-in-my-backyard crowd instead of putting the public interest first.

If you donate before Tuesday at midnight, you’ll be entered to win a package of zines and books donated by feminist bike activist and writer Elly Blue, including The Culinary Cyclist, PDX by Bike, and her contribution to the sci-fi/women’s studies/bicycling genre, Bikes in Space.

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Thanks to everyone who’s supported us. Your one-time gift or monthly donation will help sustain high-impact media that makes our streets better.

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Be a Streetsblog Superhero and Give to Our Spring Pledge Drive

We’ve all seen the graphs: Driving and car ownership have passed their peak in America, while transit ridership and biking are on the rise. On the ground, however, city buses still move at a crawl, bogged down in traffic. Most streets remain too dangerous for most people to feel comfortable biking on them. And the traffic death toll continues to put our cities to shame compared to our global peers.

Streets aren’t going to fix themselves. Every street redesign is a fight, and every proposal to shift subsidies away from cars and driving meets stiff resistance. If you follow Streetsblog and Streetfilms, you know it takes a lot of smart, committed people to make change happen. By connecting people to information about what’s going on with transportation and planning policy in their communities, we’re accelerating the transition toward safe, efficient, equitable streets.

We need our readers to pitch in so we can keep on delivering the high-quality reporting and videos you expect. Please make a tax-deductible contribution to our spring pledge drive and help us reform the cars-first status quo on our streets.

Every month more than 200,000 people come to Streetsblog and Streetfilms. So for this pledge drive we’re asking you to step up and be a superhero. Out of hundreds of thousands of readers, we need just 400 donors to reach our goal — will you be one of them? We now accept both one-time gifts and recurring donations (think of them like a monthly subscription payment to Streetsblog), and you can direct your contribution to support the Streetsblog site of your choice.

As always, we have a few extra reasons for you to give. If you make a donation before Tuesday at midnight, you’ll enter a drawing to win this nifty hip pack made from recycled bicycle tubes, courtesy of Montrose Stitchery:

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Thank you for reading and for supporting Streetsblog and Streetfilms.

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Get Involved With Streetsblog — Internship Available

Streetsblog San Francisco is seeking 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 potentially writing content for the blog.

Ideal candidates will have experience in writing and 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 or late night 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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Meet Our New Sacramento Teammate: Melanie Curry

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Streetsblog SF and Los Angeles have a new hire starting on February 1 that will dramatically expand our coverage. I am pleased to announce that Melanie Curry will be as full-time writer covering news out of the California capitol and across the state.

Melanie will be covering statewide issues that impact transportation, open space, livability and public health. Her focus will be watching laws as move through the legislature, policies as they advance through the executive branch, regional plans as they are adopted by regional planning organizations, projects as they advance through Caltrans, the California High Speed Rail Project and anything else that pops up.

Her work will appear on Streetsblog Los Angeles, Streetsblog San Francisco, sometimes on the other Streetsblogs, and on other Southern California Streets Initiative publications including Santa Monica Next and LongBeachize.

Melanie worked for many years as an editor, most recently for Access, the University of California-published transportation research magazine. She has a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and has worked in transportation consulting and at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

Her preferred mode of transportation is a bicycle, although buses and trains can be useful too. Her daughter’s first commutes were in a child seat on the back of a bike.Melanie has lived in Culver City, Mexico City, Cordoba (Spain), Singapore, Oakland, and Berkeley, where she now makes her home with husband and nearly grownup daughter. Her goal is to change the perception that bicycles are dangerous, and wants everyone to have the chance to experience the joy and freedom of that perfect transportation machine.

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Streetsblog Seeks Freelance Reporters in the East Bay

Streetsblog SF is looking for experienced freelance journalists in the East Bay who are knowledgeable and passionate about livable streets and sustainable transportation issues — from public space expansions like the botched Latham Square project, to open streets events like Oaklavia and Sunday Streets Berkeley, to efforts to build safer bike lanes and improve service on BART and AC Transit.

East Bay reporters would be expected to cover public hearings and press conferences, and seek interviews with advocates and policymakers.

Streetsblog freelancers are paid per article. If you or someone you know fits the bill, send resumes and writing samples to abialick@streetsblog.org.

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Give to Streetsblog SF for a Chance to Win a Sleek New Bike Lock

We’ve got another great reason to donate to Streetsblog’s year-end pledge drive — give before midnight Sunday, and you’ll be entered to win a sleek TiGr titanium bike lock:

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One of these sleek bike locks is going to a reader who gives $50 or more by Sunday at midnight.

With parking-obsessed merchants — and now even the city’s own Fire Department — standing in the way of street safety measures that save lives, progress is far from assured. As the city takes up ballot measures to fund major improvements to its networks for transit, walking, and biking, there’s a lot on the line in 2014.

Streetsblog needs your support to counteract the misinformation and hold city leaders to their promises on livable streets and a better Muni.

Also, don’t forget, everyone who gives $50 or more before the end of the year will also be eligible to take home a new Public C7 or V7 bicycle. We have bikes to give away to two lucky readers:

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A huge thanks to the readers who’ve contributed so far — every donation brings us closer to our goal!

– Aaron

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I’m Getting Married to the Girl I Met on Muni

Therese and I at Inner Sunset Sundays in 2011.

Six years ago today, I struck up a conversation with Therese as we walked through the fare gates into Powell Station to wait for the N-Judah. I’d seen her there before, since we both regularly took the train after our late-night retail shifts in Union Square through the holiday shopping season. Last weekend, while waiting for the N at the same place on nearly the same day, I asked her to marry me, and she said yes. She still has the Muni transfer from the day we met (pictured right).

Obviously, we’re really excited, and I wanted to share it with our readers. But I also think our story is a testament to the social connections and opportunities that are fostered by using public transit, walking, and biking. Therese and I would have never met if we commuted by car.

Therese’s transfer from 2007.

In fact, one of the main reasons Therese and I both happened to move to SF from the Los Angeles area is because it’s a relatively easy place to live car-free. The chance for everyday social interactions while traveling is one of the greatest benefits of living in a walkable city. I’m sure you all can share countless stories of coincidental run-ins while making your way around on Muni or walking down the street.

A bit more introduction: Therese and I earned our degrees together at SF State, and today she still takes the N to her office job in SoMa. (She says she would take her bike, as she has to other jobs, but getting to South Beach is a bit far and feels pretty dangerous.) We share an Inner Sunset studio with our cat George (who is actually a girl).

That’s all for my little personal announcement. I also wanted to thank everyone who’s donated to keep Streetsblog going, both in our current fundraising drive and in the past few years. (And that reminds me — please give if you haven’t already!) Here’s to a bright new year ahead.

– Aaron

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Give to Streetsblog SF and You Could Win a New PUBLIC Bike

Streetsblog SF relies on support from readers like you to keep people plugged in to San Francisco’s movement for livable streets. Please make a tax-deductible gift to Streetsblog SF — your support is what enables us to produce high-impact reporting and commentary making the case for safer streets and effective transit.

When the SFPD responded to Amelie Le Moullac’s death on Folsom Street by blaming victims and neglecting to search for key video evidence, Streetsblog was there to report on the injustice. In the wake of the incident, Streetsblog continued to shed light on the anti-bike bias entrenched among too many SFPD officers. This coverage is raising awareness of systemic problems and creating pressure for change.

With an audience that includes city supervisors and top officials at departments like the SFMTA, Planning, and the SFPD, our coverage continues to make a clear impact. Following a Streetsblog post highlighting SFPD’s continued use of the word “accident” to describe traffic crashes, the department re-named its Major Accident Investigation Team to the Major Collision Investigation Team. Streetsblog coverage helped galvanize support for safer conditions on Polk Street and Folsom Street, where the SFMTA is out this week putting the finishing touches on a new buffered bike lane. After Streetsblog highlighted the abysmal state of funding for bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements, Mayor Ed Lee pledged to put money behind the SFMTA’s Pedestrian Strategy, and Supervisor Eric Mar called a hearing on funding the Bicycle Strategy (which happened this morning).

There’s still much to be done. Crucial funding measures for safer, more reliable transportation options are expected to hit the ballot next November, and major street redesigns are in the pipeline for 2014. We know nothing changes easily here in SF — Streetsblog needs your support to keep the pressure on.

If you value Streetsblog’s work countering misinformation spread by opponents of progressive transportation policies, if you want journalism that holds city officials’ feet to the fire, please make a contribution.

For extra motivation, thanks to our friends at PUBLIC Bikes we are giving away one C7 and one V7 bicycle to two lucky readers picked out of a hat after December 31. Take a look:

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Support from our readers helps sustain Streetsblog SF. Thanks for donating!

– Aaron

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Streetsblog Hiring a Reporter to Cover Statewide News Out of Sacramento

Streetsblog is happy to announce the opening of a new, full-time Sacramento-based reporting position to cover livable streets news from around California and the state capitol beginning in early 2014.

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The writer would cover the state legislature, executive branch, Caltrans, high-speed rail, and other issues outside of the greater Los Angeles and Bay Areas, working closely with the editors of Streetsblog LA and San Francisco, as well as the team at OpenPlans, Streetsblog’s parent organization.

Major funding for the position comes from the California Endowment and a generous anonymous donor. And, of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our readers.

Streetsblog LA is also hiring a local reporter in that area. You can find the text of the applications for the Sacramento position and LA position on Google Drive. They will be posted tomorrow on the Streetsblog jobs board.

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Grand Opening: Show Your Love for Streetsblog SF With a Hoodie or T-Shirt

It’s getting cold out there, but Streetsblog’s got your back. Streetsblog San Francisco hoodies, t-shirts, and stickers are now available at our new online store.

Trust me, there’s no way to look more fashionable when that hottie’s eyeing you as you strut through the crosswalk, glide down the bike lane, or sit fancifully on Muni. Plus, the proceeds help support our work covering livable streets and sustainable transportation in SF.

The holidays are coming up fast — wink, wink.

Click here to check out what we’ve got for sale.