Transport Providence is fundraising!
Please chip in for the blog. Our goal is to raise the cost of an average parking spot in the United States: $15,000. If we double that, we'll have raised what the I-195 Commission expects the state to give it for just one Garrahy parking spot--or the basic cost of 1-2 miles of protected bike lanes.
Why should you give us your money?
Transport Providence is a volunteer effort. We have the occasional $50 or $100 check for photos or writing published elsewhere, but our writing on this blog and much of the writing or work we've done elsewhere is unpaid. The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen very graciously funded $1,100 of material costs. We spent a tiny percentage of that money so far and organized a successful Jane's Walk (Bike) event which drew participants, including the Statehouse Chair of Environment, Arthur Handy (D-Cranston) to see the folly of spending money on parking while less expensive and more useful projects like protected bike lanes go unmet in the city. With your money we hope to expand our efforts.
Transport Providence has been cross published in The Projo, The Phoenix, EcoRI, Rhode Island's Future, Greater City Providence, the Urbanophile, and Streetsblog, with pending publications for the Rhode Island AIA newsletter.
We've done work for the City of East Providence to advise them to take on protected bike lanes, slow zones, bike boulevards, and even some car-free areas in order to promote biking. We have work pending with the City of Central Falls, and hope to help that city get its bike on.
With the American Institute of Architects of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Society of Landscape Architects, Transport Providence co-organized the first ever Park(ing) Day in Providence, which drew more than thirty participants. We are part of the board to organize next year's Park(ing) Day. Providence's level of participation was at a level commensurate to a much larger city, and while people we spoke to mostly didn't know what a parklet was when we began, several businesses, including Park(ing) Day participant The Grange, are applying with the city for permanent parklets on our streets.
Transport Providence has pushed the Bike & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, whose goals largely focused around sharrows when we started blogging. That body now advocates for protected bike lanes on many streets. Our protected bike lane campaigns have also pushed organizations like the I-195 Commission and the West Broadway Neighborhood Association to change priorities around streets, and this has resulted in front page Projo coverage and City Council attention.
Transport Providence worked with Birchwood Design Group to envision a Harris Avenue bikeway, and plans from that vision have been highlighted in the Providence Business News. Birchwood also worked with us alongside a variety of local and national groups, to come up with a vision to remove Routes 6 & 10 and replace them with a multimodal boulevard.
Over 35,000 of you have viewed our site in the last year, and more than 600 of you follow us on Twitter. Whether you have change for the meter, or a full parking spot to donate, we need your help funding our efforts.
Please make checks out to Rachel Playe or James Kennedy and mail to 149 Doyle Street, Providence, RI, 02906.