Spotlight on Streetsblog: Making City Streets Safer
Last week, in collaboration with local bike shop Bicycle Habitat, we donated a bike to be auctioned off at this year’s Streets Ball, the annual fundraising gala of safe-streets organization Streetsblog.
We’ve donated to a couple of organizations before–Transportation Alternatives and Bike and Brain, to name two recent partners–but have never had the chance to be a part of a fundraising event where we could meet such a diverse group of activists, learn a good deal about the safe-streets efforts here in New York, and have a great time! And if we haven’t, lots of others probably haven’t, either, so we thought we’d share all the cool stuff we learned…
What is Streetsblog?
According to their website, they’re “a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities.” By covering the safe-streets movement–which includes improvements to street design, public transit, bike infrastructure, and more–Streetsblog actually strengthens, amplifies, and drives the movement. They nationwide network and all of its local branches are produced by the non-profit OpenPlans, and sustained by grants, sponsorships, donations, and advertising.
How Can People Get Involved?
Follow them! Streetsblog sheds light on what’s working, what’s not, and everything in between, so sign up for their daily email digest, which will include information about ongoing projects, how elected officials are voting, newly discovered problem areas, and wins. The organization also shares their content on social media, so you can stay in the know by following them on Twitter and Facebook.
Donate! Help this great organization do more reporting, rallying, etc. by giving them your money! Safe city infrastructure is something we all need and from which we all benefit, so instead of giving your dad another pair of socks for the holidays, consider making a donation in his name! There are also occasionally fundraisers–Streets Ball, for example, is an annual gala–and giving to the silent auction is a great way to support them. The same goes for buying a ticket–except that your ticket will also get you into a room full of positive people doing great things! Win-win.