Crowdfunded Transport Projects
Crowdfunding is using the internet to collect funds for a project. Crowdfunding has been used for many transport projects and although it’s probably not possible to crowdfund a light rail line, it’s certainly possible to fund smaller projects like bus shelters or even bike lanes. This page presents examples of crowdsourced sustainable transport projects.
Remember: crowdfunding is not just about the money – it’s about building a community of support. For Denver’s bike lane (below), crowdfunding provided a portion of the funding, most of the money was provided by others based on the community support shown by the crowdfunding project.
Examples of Crowdfunded Transport Projects
Love Shack Kickstarter project to build a bus shelter in Athens GA.
Love Shack Bus Shelter
The Love Shack bus shelter project is an early example of a transport project funded in Kickstarter in Athens, Georgia. Kickstarter screenshot illustrated at the right.
Denver Bike Lane Project
- Denver Bike Lane Crowdsourcing Project – Next City
- Six tips from the Denver bike lane crowdsourcing campaign – Streetsblog
Flowers & Such: Boston Bike Lanes
Jonathan is an architect and bike rider working to increase safety of pedestrians and cyclists. He has a crowdfunding project called Flowers & Such: Boston Bike Lanes on GoFundMe. So far he’s raised about $7,000 for flowers and cones to create interventions on the Mass Ave corridor, the most dangerous stretch of road in Boston.
Boston MBTA 2015 crowdfunding proposal on GoFundMe
References: Crowdfunded Transport Projects
Blog Posts: Crowdfunded Transport Projects
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