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Riders Alliance’s Volunteer Day for Transit Benefits

A New York City commuter who uses pre-tax transit benefits can save hundreds of dollars a year on public transportation. But riders can only take advantage of the tax break if it’s offered as a benefit by their employer.  Join us when we ask train and bus riders to sign our petition to Mayor De Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito asking them to pass the Affordable Transit Act, which would help hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers access this transit tax break by requiring employers of 20 or more people to offer the benefit to their staff.

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Manhattan Community Board 12 Transportation Committee Meeting

DOT will present of safety improvements at Saint Nicholas Place, West 155th Street, and Edgecombe Avenue.

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Calling All Streetsblog Superheroes: Sunday Is Your Last Chance to Give

Here we are with just a couple of days left in the Streetsblog spring pledge drive, and we’re two-thirds of the way to our goal of 400 donors. Every contribution makes a difference — please give what you can and support our coverage.

There’s a tremendous window of opportunity in New York right now to win safer streets and better transit, with momentum in both City Hall and Albany. By keeping New Yorkers informed and active on these issues — and by keeping public officials on their toes — Streetsblog makes the most of these chances. We rely on the support of our readers to produce our reporting and commentary, and the contributions we get during our pledge drives help keep us going the rest of the year.

Don’t forget, we also have two fabulous and useful items to give away to a couple of lucky donors. Your tax-deductible contribution before Sunday at midnight will put you in the running for a Cleverhood rain cape or a CINCH belt from Vespertine, available in one of three colors:

One final note: If you are feeling the guilt pangs of a regular Streetsblog reader who has yet to contribute, I suggest giving as soon as possible so you can fully enjoy the beautiful weekend.

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Time Is Running Out to Become a Streetsblog Superhero — Give Today

This is it! The final days and the final giveaway of our spring pledge drive. So far, 221 superheroes have donated to Streetsblog and Streetfilms. To reach our goal, we need 179 more readers to step up and give by Sunday at midnight.

If you’ve been holding out until the end of the pledge drive to make your mark (or just casually procrastinating), now’s the time to fill out our secure donation form and contribute to media that makes streets safer and more sustainable.

More to the point, if you value the impact of Streetsblog in your city, if you want to see more coverage making the case for 21st century transportation policies that work for people, not cars, if you value the way Streetfilms help great ideas for city streets go viral — your gift makes it all happen.

In keeping with the superhero theme of this pledge drive, our final giveaway will reward one lucky donor with an impervious cape and another with an eye-grabbing yet utilitarian belt. Give before midnight on June 1 and you’ll be entered to win a Cleverhood rain cape in Ocean State Blue, imparting the power of dry all-weather biking, or a reflective CINCH belt from Vespertine, which makes you extra-visible and is available in your choice of three colors:

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Big thanks everyone who’s contributed so far. One more big push and we’ll reach our goal.

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Streetsblog and Streetfilms Are Searching for a Development Director

After three stellar years with Streetsblog and Streetfilms, our development director Christa Orth is embarking on a new chapter with the fundraising consultancy Wingo. Christa masterminded the creation of a fundraising system essentially from scratch, and it’s safe to say Streetsblog and Streetfilms would not be in the position we are today without her. If you’ve ever attended one of our benefits or happy hours here in New York, you probably heard her ebullient laughter. We’re going to miss her and we wish her all the best.

We are now accepting applications for the development director position, which is based in our headquarters in New York. Here’s what we’re looking for in our next hire…

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Founded in 2006, Streetsblog and Streetfilms produce powerful media that makes the case for designing cities around people, not cars. With outlets in four major cities plus coverage of national policy, Streetsblog is the marquee news source in the movement for streets that work better for walking, biking, and transit. Streetfilms is the go-to online video site for educational and fun short films about how smart transportation policy results in better places to live, work, and play. Streetsblog and Streetfilms are projects of OpenPlans, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Streetsblog and Streetfilms have a robust fundraising program supported by small donors, large donors, foundations, advertising, and corporate sponsorships. We seek an experienced development leader to work with our staff, board, and volunteers to grow our fundraising, so we can increase the impact of our media outlets.

Responsibilities

Working closely with the Streetsblog Editor-in-chief, the Development Director will be responsible for strategic planning, implementation, and oversight of all efforts to raise approximately $800,000 annually and grow additional support over time. Activities include:

  • Work with the Streetsblog and Streetfilms Advisory Board to grow our base of small and large donors
  • Identify prospective foundations, write grant proposals and reports, cultivate relationships with existing philanthropic supporters
  • Grow individual funding base through online fundraising campaigns, direct mail, and events
  • Solicit corporate sponsorships and manage corporate funding relationships
  • Oversee all events including our annual fall benefit, The Streets Ball (250+ attendees)
  • Write organizational materials including funding reports, appeals, and acknowledgments
  • Manage the Salesforce donor database, generate reports for finance reconciliation and budgeting
  • Supervise volunteers and other members of the development team

Qualifications

Qualified candidates have a bachelor’s degree and at least five years development experience, with demonstrated growth in responsibilities over time and a track record of raising funds from a number of sources. Must have experience working with major donors and managing an annual funding program. A passion for and understanding of livable streets issues is a plus.

Please send your resume and cover letter to developmentdirector@openplans.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the position to start by June 15th or earlier.

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

We’re rounding into the home stretch of the Streetsblog spring pledge drive. If you haven’t given yet, please make a donation today. Your support makes a world of difference.

When you give to Streetsblog you’re helping to set the agenda for streets and transportation policy in NYC. Ideas that surface in Streetsblog posts have a way of turning into official policy. We were reporting on the success of London’s 20 mph zones back in 2010, and today humane speed limits are in place in a growing number of neighborhoods — and could go citywide. In 2011, Streetsblog reported on the problems with NYPD’s public crash data release. As of this month, police release that information daily in a format that lets more New Yorkers see where streets are especially in need of safety fixes.

Streetsblog reporting puts public officials on the record and holds them accountable. Earlier this month, Brad Aaron got to peek inside the head of Queens State Senator Tony Avella to see the kind of thinking that the campaign for safer speed limits is up against in Albany. And remember when it looked like federal and state bureaucrats were ready to tangle NYC bike projects in years of red tape? Streetsblog broke that story, and it’s not a problem anymore.

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, bike apparel maker Velocio has generously put up a $200 gift certificate for their goods, to be awarded to one lucky donor 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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Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Ran Down Pedestrian on Sidewalk

Via Gothamist: Early Saturday morning, a driver ran over a pedestrian on the sidewalk in Astoria inflicting serious injuries, then sped off, continuing to drive on the sidewalk. Police told Gothamist that the victim suffered a broken leg and concussion, and they’re looking for help locating the hit-and-run driver.

The collision at 30th Avenue and 45th Street was captured in this disturbing footage sent out by the 114th Precinct:

When we talk about Vision Zero, we’re talking about preventing violence like this on NYC streets.

If you have information about the perpetrator of this hit-and-run, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS, or submit a tip to the Crime Stoppers website.

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Become a Streetsblog Superhero and Support Media That Makes a Difference

We’re about halfway through our spring pledge drive, and we need more readers to shed your mild-mannered identities, don your superhero capes, and give to Streetsblog and Streetfilms.

Readers who’ve contributed to our spring campaign call Streetsblog a “trusted source of news” that produces reporting which “makes a difference” for safer streets. Every day our team is working to produce stories that keep you informed about what needs to change to make our city work better for walking, biking, and transit. Who else is going to hold City Hall’s feet to the fire on parking reform, or track the progress of badly-needed street safety overhauls through the city’s most torpid community boards?

Please join the readers who’ve given so far and keep Streetsblog and Streetfilms going strong with a tax-deductible contribution today. You’ll be making a difference for media that makes a difference.

And, if you give before Friday at midnight, you’ll be entered to win this sweet rack-mountable bag from Po Campo:

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Thanks as always for supporting Streetsblog and Streetfilms! Your regularly scheduled posts will resume shortly.

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Vanderbilt Avenue Bike Corral Community Meeting

Three Vanderbilt Avenue businesses have applied for bike corrals: Milk Bar, 620 Vanderbilt (at Prospect Place); Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt (at Bergen St); and Bar Chuko, 565 Vanderbilt (at Pacific St).  This public meeting will provide community members the opportunity to submit feedback on the proposed corrals, which will be important in convincing Community Board 8 to support the applications.

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Keep the Momentum Going — Give to Streetsblog Today

Thank you to everyone who gave to Streetsblog and Streetfilms in the first week of our spring pledge drive. We need about 320 more donations to hit our target of 400 before June 1. Help us keep the momentum going and make a tax-deductible gift to support media that makes a difference for our streets.

Reader contributions fuel the excellent reporting about livable streets issues that you read every day here on Streetsblog. Right now, City Hall is thinking big about street safety, surface transit, and — fingers crossed — parking reform. The more support we get from readers, the better equipped Streetsblog will be to make the most of these opportunities.

If you value the information and commentary we publish and appreciate how Streetsblog frames the debate about transportation and planning in New York, please drop a tip in our secure donation form. You can make a one-time pledge or, even better, sign up for a monthly contribution. Every bit helps.

We’ve got a fun giveaway this week for two lucky donors. Author Elly Blue has graciously donated a collection of books and zines, including The Culinary Cyclist, PDX by Bike, and the one-of-a-kind anthology Bikes in Space. Give before Tuesday at midnight and you’ll be entered to win.

Thanks for supporting us and a happy Bike Month to all.