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

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Local Advocacy:  See the PCC’s Tips for Local Advocates 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.  And this Guide from the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) is still spot on!

Campaigns:  The Alliance for Biking & Walking conducted a series of Winning Campaigns Trainings, including one PCC hosted. Campaigning for a local tax Referendum can bring needed Revenue!!  Contact us for more from this fantastic series of resources in Bike/Ped advocacy leadership development from the Alliance, which are no longer online elsewhere.

Messaging:  Read our PCC Local Advocacy Resource on Messaging that reveals the words and messages that most accurately reflect what we’re trying to say, while we steer clear of what we’re not saying!  Bonus:  southern states messaging included!

Funding:  We took years of research in SC, plus training and experience, and then created the 1st Edition in this guide on how to Fund bike and walk facilities and programs in South Carolina.

Economic Benefits:  A necessary support document for some decision makers, this report focuses on economic benefits, from ESMM, created with our assistance:  Stronger Economies through Active Communities.  Watch for a resource soon from us, on the economic cost savings of alternative transportation!

Equity:  See our latest Blog Post on Equity, and watch for more resources soon.  The national attention on this subject is moving quickly!

Complete Streets and Advocacy:  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!