Plenty of elected officials recognize that better biking and walking policy is key to helping our communities safer, healthier, and stronger. When our elected leaders support biking and walking, communities are better able to realize the many benefits associated with more walkable, bikeable streets and trails.
So how can biking and walking advocates work to elect leaders who support biking and walking?
Advocacy organizations, clubs, and community groups can use elections as an opportunity to educate candidates on bicycling issues, increase the focus on biking and walking in campaigns, and ultimately take steps towards improving biking and walking in America.
While there are limits to how nonprofits and individuals can engage in political elections, there are plenty of ways advocates can make a difference.
To help advocates make biking and walking part of the political dialogue in local and state elections without breaking the rules, Advocacy Advance — a collaboration between the League of American Bicyclists and Alliance for Biking & Walking — has compiled An Advocate's Guide to Elections: Making Campaigns Work for Bicycling and Walking.
Advocacy Advance's guide uses clear explanations and real-world examples to highlight best practices for 501(c)(3) nonprofits, 501(c)4 organizations and even individual bicyclists.
Check out the guide below or on the Partner Resources page.