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Streetsblog is a non-profit. SBLA is supported by donors, advertisers, and grants, but we need ongoing support from you to keep publishing. This week only we are sweetening the pot to get a few more of you than usual to donate. If you contribute $25 or more this week, you will be entered into a raffle to win one of two great new books by great livability leaders.
Street Fight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution
by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow
2016 – Viking Press – hardcover
To be released in March 2016 – hot off the presses! Preview the book here.
Janette Sadik-Khan served as the head of New York City’s Transportation Department under Mayor Michael Bloomberg from 2007 to 2013. She oversaw an extraordinary transformation of NYC streets. Under her leadership, NYC added nearly 400 miles of new bike lanes including many protected bike lanes, plus more than sixty new public plazas, a 5,000 bike bike-share system, open streets festivals, and much more. Seth Solomonow served as chief communications strategist for NYC DOT during Sadik-Khan’s tenure.
Street Fight tells the stories of how Sadik-Khan, Solomonow, and others created massive change in a very short time frame. Sadik-Khan explains precedents for these projects: places where she “stole” her ideas from. Street Fight chapters focus on bus improvements, plazas, bike lanes, bike-share, safety in numbers, how to read a street, and more. Sadik-Khan is a livable streets hero; her new book is an inspiration.
Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun
by Gabe Klein with David Vega-Barachowitz
2015 – Island Press – paperback
Signed by Gabe Klein! Preview the book here.
Gabe Klein is one of the United States’ top livability leaders. From the private sector, he became a maverick city transportation department head for Washington D.C., then Chicago. In leading those DOTs, he championed innovative multi-modal approaches that activate streets. He embraces bicycling, walking, and new technologies.
Start-Up City tells stories about lessons learned from Klein’s transportation transformation victories. Like Sadik-Khan, Klein is big on quick changes, often via pilot projects that can prove a concept before later expansion. Start-Up City includes great advice on public-private partnerships, river revitalization, protected bike lanes, autonomous vehicles, the shared economy (especially bike-share and car-share), and much more.
What are you waiting for? Donate today!
Donate by midnight Friday, February 26, to be entered into a drawing to win one of these great books. Raffle will be held Monday, February 29. Winners will be contacted via email. Books will be mailed or dropped off on Tuesday, March 1.