Starting a petition is one of those causes that can be personal to you while still resonating with others. To have an effective petition, it should support a cause that affects the community and help bring that cause to everyone's attention. A petition needs to be concise, legible and able to grab the interest of those whom you are trying to get to sign it.
Write a summary of your cause on a legal pad. As this is the first thing your potential signer will read, you want it to be concise and to the point. One example could be, "We, the citizens of Orlando, petition the city to add a traffic light at the intersection of Cherry St. and Apple Avenue. The accident rate at this intersection has increased every year for the past five years." Read the summary to be sure it describes the situation, explains why the change is needed and suggests how to implement change.
Design the petition template by hand or with a word processing program. Have the summary at the top of the paper. Make four vertical columns on the paper. Label the columns: Name, Phone Number, Address, Signature. Make a slightly bigger column for address.
Make copies of the original page. Estimate how many signatures you will receive and make copies accordingly.
Secure the original and copies to a clipboard. Using a rubber band, attach a pen to the clipboard as well.