Ten crowdfunding campaigns. $1,420,000 in funding sought. Six weeks to go. One nonprofit with one goal: to put bike share stations all over Kansas City, Missouri.
Civic crowdfunding platform Neighbor.ly is currently hosting ten crowdfunding campaigns that represent ten possible future locations for bike sharing stations in Kansas City. MIT research assistant Rodrigo Davies called it the largest civic crowdfunding project ever.
Kansas City B-cycle has about 90 bikes on the streets today, but they’re looking for far more. They have federal funding secured for seven stations and grants for two more, bringing the total to nine. These campaigns could more than double that number.
The campaigns are all executed by an organization called BikeWalkKC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit which launched the first crowdfunding campaign for Kansas City B-cycle in 2012. That campaign raised over $400,000 and helped to spur efforts to make Kansas City a more walkable city. This latest slate of campaigns could really amp up that goal.
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