1. Understand the Local Landscape

Dive into your city’s urban planning history, zoning laws, and infrastructure challenges. Every city is unique, and knowing the specifics of yours can make your advocacy more relevant and powerful.

2. Identify Key Decision-Makers

Find out who your city council members, traffic engineers, and urban planners are. Understanding who holds the power to make changes is the first step in knowing whom to approach with your proposals.

3. Engage with Civic Bodies

Become an active participant in your city’s civic life. Attend city council meetings, transportation advisory board meetings, and other relevant gatherings where infrastructure decisions are discussed.

4. Educate Yourself and Others

While online resources and YouTube channels offer a wealth of information, real-world urban planning and advocacy require a deeper understanding of local issues and processes. Consider educating yourself further through courses or workshops on urban planning and transit advocacy.

5. Build a Community of Advocates

Connect with others who share your passion for improving cycling infrastructure. Collective action is more powerful, and having a group can help amplify your voice.