Many bicyclists and other nonmotorized advocates across the state are beginning to work together as coalitions, committees and task forces to generate policies beneficial to bicyclists and other nonmotorized users.
Diversity is key to any successful coalition. Bringing together a broad set of allies will ensure that your campaign receives the political and media attention it deserves. A local Complete Streets campaign is a great issue that unites bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, the aging and disability community, health, environmental and neighborhood organizations, local businesses, etc.
Another key component to a strong coalition is ensuring that key community leaders are involved as early as possible. Consider inviting a representative from your local transportation department, road commission, and metropolitan planning organization, as well as a liaison between your group and city council and the mayor's office. If your community has state roads that pass through it, inviting a representative from your regional MDOT office is also a good idea.
Visit the links below to see examples of local bicycle and pedestrian coalitions working across Michigan.
- Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition
GGRBC is a coalition of organizations, businesses, and interest groups organized for the purpose to advocate for safer and more accessible bicycling in all forms and manner in the Greater Grand Rapids area.
- Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition
The Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition promotes transportation options that make sense for a sustainable and livable community. We’re dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of bicycling and walking opportunities in Washtenaw County.
See our Advocacy Toolkit section on effective communication skills. There you'll find tips for creating a website and using social media, setting up a nonprofit, running a good meeting, communicating with the media, starting a letter writing campaign, and more.
Bike-Ped Advisory Board Model
Many cities across the country are establishing bicycle and pedestrian advisory committees (BPACs) that make recommendations and provide guidance to local governments on bicycling and walking issues.