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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.
GET IN TOUCH
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 email Advocacy Manager Maggie Czerwinski at firstname.lastname@example.org and she 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
6 EASY WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
>> Watch our most recent advocacy training video to get started building a local 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.
>> Connect with other local advocates
Join one of our our regional Google Group email lists to exchange ideas, ask questions, and share resources. By joining our Google Group, you’ll be the first to know about funding opportunities, action alerts to impact state and federal transportation policy, and regional meet-ups or conference calls to connect with other advocates in-person and online.
Email Maggie@activetrans.org to be added to one of our Google Group lists.
>> Participate in upcoming webinars and advocacy calls
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!
- Upcoming Webinars/Calls
- Join our bi-monthly advocacy calls with Ride Illinois. Email email@example.com for a registration 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:
- Community building, education, and advocacy-focused 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.
>> Carrying out your own local campaign
Bike Walk Every Town is here to help you develop a campaign to improve biking and walking in your 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. We can also help you develop a logo!
- 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.
- Watch our advocacy training video for guidance on how to build a campaign.
- Get Started: Get started implementing your plan!
For those interested, Active Trans will send you a Bike Walk logo (customized for your community) which you are welcome to use as part of your campaign.
>> Apply for a 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 $200-$500 dollars each.
- 2019 awardees: Aurora, Brookfield, Elgin, Glen Ellyn/Lombard, and Oak Park.
- 2018 awardees: Batavia, Elgin, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn/Lombard, Oak Park, Robbins and Villa Park.
The following resources are available for download below – please let us know if anything else would be useful!
- Regional Trackers – policies, plans, projects, funding opportunities
- Campaign Building Worksheets & Tips
- Model Policies, Plans & Ordinances
- Petition Resources
- Event Organizing
- Election Advocacy Resources
- Case Studies
- List of Suburban Advocacy Groups & Bike Clubs
- Regional Data – mode share, crashes, demographic reports
- Suburban blog articles
Policy/Plan Tracker (Google Doc) – find out if your community has a Complete Streets Policy or Active Transportation Plan.
Project Tracker (Google Doc) – this document tracks 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.
Funding Opportunities (Google Doc) – a list of local, private, regional, state, and federal funding opportunities that can be used for walking, biking and trail projects.
Campaign Building Worksheets
Bike Walk Every Town Training Video (youtube)
Campaign Building Tip Sheets:
- Building a Base of Supporters (pdf)
- Outreach and Communications (pdf)
- Engaging Decisions Makers (pdf)
- Tips on Meeting Elected Officials (pdf)
- How to Develop an Elevator Pitch (pdf)
Model Plans, Policies & Ordinances
Complete Streets Policy Examples (website)
Active Transportation Plan Examples (website)
Bike Month Proclamation
- Snow Shoveling Ordinance – City of Evanston Municipal Code example (website)
Bike Parking Ordinance from Change Lab Solutions (doc)
How to Write a Petition (pdf)
Suburban Policy Petition (pdf)
Bike Rodeo Station Ideas (pdf)
Local Suburban Candidate Questionnaire example (pdf)
Existing Suburban Advocacy Groups & Bike Clubs
Resource Bank (pdf)
Regional Data: Mode & Crash Reports
CMAP’s Community Snapshots – demographic and transportation data summarized for each municipality and county in the Chicagoland region.
In the News
Group advocates for safer bicycle, pedestrian transportation routes (Daily Southtown)
Stories from the Suburbs
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 email Advocacy Manager Maggie Czerwinski at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form and we will be in touch.
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