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Policy & Planning 101: Resources for Local Bike & Walk Advocates


See Amy’s PCC blogpost for a primer on doing effective local bike (and pedestrian) advocacy as a volunteer or paid staff person.  Amy has almost a decade of experience as a local leader, volunteer, and staff person.  Also see this presentation (PDF), from a presentation in 2013.

The Alliance for Biking & Walking conducted a series of Winning Campaigns training, including one PCC hosted.  This organization is currently and temporarily dormant, so contact us for material we have from this fantastic series in advocacy leadership development, specifically for the people powered movement.  And check out this recently published, comprehensive guide by FHWA, for biking & walking advocates on everything you’ll need to know for getting things accomplished in your community.

If you need to answer questions about the economics, and costs vs. benefits, use these two resources:  1) Funding Biking and Walking in SC, and 2) Stronger Economies through Active Communities.

In 2010, PCC partnered with Eat Smart Move More to develop the comprehensive Complete Streets Toolbook and Advocacy Manual.

Other Resources

SCDOT has a Bicycle & Pedestrian Program website with information on projects and resources. See this new Planning resource South Carolina Health & Planning Toolkit (PDF) developed with SC DHEC funding, with helpful input from ALTA Planning.

Check out the Complete Streets Southeast Toolkit (PDF) developed by the AARP and the National Complete Streets Coalition.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership provides policy and technical assistance on Safe Routes to School and healthy communities.  Their resources include: webinar seriespublications and a library of resources, a monthly e-newsletter, and an active Twitter and Facebook feed. They provide one-on-one advice and support as needed to advocates around the country.

National Resources from Advocacy Advance — a partnership of the League of American Bicyclists and Alliance for Biking & Walking

Advocacy Advance BPAC Best PracticesMaking Bicycling and Walking a Norm For Transportation Agencies: Best Practices for Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees

This report outlines best practices for advocates and agency staff who are looking to establish an effective BPAC in their community, including how to create the group and how to emulate successes of effective BPACs from coast to coast.

Advocacy Advance - Working with Metropolitan Planning OrganizationsWorking with Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Five Lessons for Advocates

This report from spotlights proven ways that biking and walking advocates can work with their Metropolitan Planning Organizations to unlock crucial federal funds for healthier, safer communities.

Local advocacy is taking off in SC, and we’re committed to being a resource for our constituents acting at the local level, in addition to advocating on behalf of local groups at the state level.  Combining the efforts of local and state advocacy is key as we work together with multiple government jurisdictions.  Contact us if you have any questions.