Two Weeks to Go in Our Spring Pledge Drive — Support Streetsblog Today

We’re in the home stretch of the Streetsblog spring pledge drive, and more than 150 readers have joined the legion of Streetsblog superheros, pledging their support so we can keep delivering news you can use about active transportation and livable streets. But we need more readers to step up to reach our goal of 400 donors by June 1 — if you haven’t given yet, please make a donation today.

Your support enables us to bring you high-impact reporting that puts public officials on the record and holds them accountable. In early January, we called on SFPD Chief Greg Suhr to stop pointing the finger at people walking with cell phones and blaming the victim. Two weeks later, Suhr announced major policy reforms, fully endorsing Vision Zero, and he now consistently states that drivers have the most responsibility to keep people safe on the streets.

Streetsblog consistently challenges the misinformed and backwards positions staked out by city leaders. No other media source has done more to contest Mayor Ed Lee’s rationale for eliminating Sunday parking metering, or to put the heat on the SFFD for opposing safer street widths.

Like many media outlets, Streetsblog is grappling with how to survive and thrive financially. We believe our readers value the impact of our reporting and will contribute to keep it going. If you agree, don’t assume other people will take care of it. Please make a secure, tax-deductible donation today. We need 250 more donations by June 1 to reach our goal!

This week, we have a $200 gift certificate from bike apparel maker Velocio to give away to one lucky reader who gives before midnight on Tuesday.

Thank you Velocio, and thank you to everyone who’s pitched in to the pledge drive. Keep it going this week and help us finish strong.

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