Your Support Will Help Us Push for Better Transportation Options in 2015

Public bike, model R16
Donate to Streetsblog before the ball drops tonight and you could win this snazzy PUBLIC road bike.

Perhaps you’ll be ringing in the New Year tonight with a cozy evening at home, avoiding the crowds and congestion. But if you’ve opted for a night out on the town, it’ll be a good night to reflect on how fortunate we are in Chicago to have a wealth of transportation options. Walking, biking, Divvy, the CTA (free tonight), Metra, ride-share, and taxis are all great alternatives to private automobiles on what’s surely the worst night of the year for driving.

Here at Streetsblog Chicago, our mission is to make the city an even better place to get around car-free. Our hard-hitting reporting and transportation advocacy makes the case for greater investment in transit, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure, and redesigning roadways so that they work well for all users — not just drivers.

If you value having a daily source for news about the livable streets movement, please support Streetsblog with a tax-free donation. If you like, you can earmark your gift so that it directly funds Chicago coverage.

2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Streetsblog Chicago. We’ll be closely tracking the municipal election to provide you with info about the candidates’ positions on transportation and safe streets issues. We’ll be amplifying the voices of advocates urging governor-elect Bruce Rauner to kill the wasteful, destructive Illiana Tollway. And we’ll be standing up for the exciting progress to come on bus rapid transit, protected bike lanes, and transit-oriented development, even if they’re attacked by media pundits and neighborhood NIMBYs.

If you care about creating healthier, more productive, and more vibrant streets, please give today to help keep Streetsblog Chicago going. As an added bonus, we have a beautiful, new R16 road bike from our friends at PUBLIC Bikes, which we’ll be raffling off to readers who donate by midnight tonight.

Thanks for reading and supporting Streetsblog Chicago. Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve, and a terrific 2015.

– John


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