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Bike Walk Every Town
What is Bike Walk Every Town?
Walkable communities, high quality bike lanes and easy-to-use public transportation: These are not pipe dreams, but attainable goals that will make our region cleaner, healthier and more livable.
Join Bike Walk Every Town, the Active Transportation Alliance’s new suburban advocacy program. The program will help you develop the skills and access the resources needed to strengthen biking and walking in your community.
Sign-up to Learn More
If you’d like to improve walking and biking conditions in your community and learn how the Bike Walk Every Town program can help, please fill out this form and we will be in touch.
Participating in Bike Walk Every Town will give you:
- Skills building training – hone your skills and become a savvy advocate
- Issue based education – learn the nuts and bolts of biking, walking and transit infrastructure and policy issues
- Local advocate network – meet other advocates in your area and start building your local movement
- Professional coaching – get hands on support from Active Trans expert advocacy staff to help you bring change to your town
How to get involved
>> Watch our most recent advocacy training video to get started building a campaign
This online advocacy training reviews key policy concepts recommended for suburban communities and step-by-step instructions on how to build a base of supporters, how to activate your base, and how to engage elected officials to make positive change happen in your community.
While watching this training, we recommend having paper and a pen on hand (or print our campaign building worksheet) to help you brainstorm and get started building a campaign.
>> Participate in the webinar series
Our webinars are designed to help advocates dig deeper into bicycle and pedestrian policy ideas and introduce tips and tools for outreach and campaign building. Register for upcoming events and check out recordings of our previous webinars below!
- Join our bi-monthly advocacy call with Ride Illinois on Friday, April 9, 2021, noon to 1pm. Register here to receive a Zoom link.
Webinar Recordings on YouTube
- Community building, education, and advocacy-focused webinars:
- Election Advocacy Strategies
- Communication Strategies & Messaging
- Outreach Strategies & Petition Writing
- How to Organize a Pop-up Event
- Event Organizing Ideas & Tips
- Inclusive Community Engagement Workshop
- Advocating for the Bike Walk Education in Schools Act
- Trail Advocacy: Filling the gaps in our regional trail network
- Policy, planning, and design webinars:
- Funding webinars:
>> Check out recordings from Suburban Action Week 2021!
The Active Transportation Alliance hosted its first-ever virtual Suburban Action Week in February 2021, featuring 25 short online talks and workshops with advocates, county staff, and community leaders throughout the region. Check out recordings of the talks below!
- Advocacy Talks – Get tips and advice on best practices from advocates who have carried out campaigns to improve walking, biking and transit in their communities.
- County Updates – Hear about recent and upcoming walking, biking, trail, and transit projects happening in your county.
- Workshops – Workshops aimed at increasing your capacity and effectiveness as an advocate.
>> Commit to carrying out your campaign
Bike Walk Every Town is open to anyone interested in developing a campaign to improve biking and walking in their community. Here’s how you can get started:
- Get in Touch: Contact Maggie Melin at Maggie@activetrans.org and we will connect you to resources and other advocates in your area.
- Assess Your Community: Fill out the Policy Assessment Worksheet to assess the walking and biking friendliness of your community. Check out our regional Policy/Plan Tracker to help you get started on the worksheet.
- Make a Plan: After you have a handle on what is happening in your community, fill out the six-step Campaign Action Planning Worksheet.
- Get Started: Get started implementing your plan!
For those interested, Active Trans will send you a Bike Walk Every Town logo (customized for your community) which you are welcome to use as part of your campaign.
>> Connect with other local advocates
Join one of our our regional Google Group email lists to exchange ideas and share resources, and attend one of our regional meet-ups or conference calls to connect with other advocates in-person. Email Maggie@activetrans.org for more information.
>> Bike Walk Every Town Mini-Stipend
When funding allows, we offer a mini-stipend opportunity to help support local suburban advocacy work in the Chicagoland region that advances the Bike Walk Every Town policy platform. This funding opportunity awards multiple grants of $250-$500 dollars each.
2019 mini-stipend winners included the communities of Aurora, Brookfield, Elgin, Glen Ellyn/Lombard, and Oak Park. The 2018 winners included Batavia, Elgin, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn/Lombard, Oak Park, Robbins and Villa Park.
Campaign Building Worksheets
Bike Walk Every Town Training Video (youtube)
Policy/Plan Tracker (Google Doc) – update this spreadsheet with information about your community
Project Tracker (Google Doc) – Chicagoland walking, biking and road projects, local petitions, and funding opportunities
Bike Walk Education School Liaison sign-up (Google Doc) – help your local school district adopt the new law
How to Write a Petition (pdf)
Suburban Policy Petition (pdf)
Campaign Building Tip Sheets
Suburban Election Advocacy
Local Suburban Candidate Questionnaire example (pdf)
Bike Rodeo Station Ideas (pdf)
Existing Suburban Advocacy Groups & Bike Clubs
Resource Bank (pdf)
Regional Mode & Crash Reports
In the News
Group advocates for safer bicycle, pedestrian transportation routes (Daily Southtown)
Stories from the Suburbs
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