Getting in the Race: An Advocate’s Guide to Elections

| 10/8/2012 3:39:48 PM

Tags: bikeability, walkability, bicycle advocacy, election cycle, non-profits and government,

This article is posted with permission from League of American Bicyclists 

Vote for Biking There’s a reason hundreds of bicycle advocates flock to Washington, D.C., each year for the National Bike Summit. Regardless of political persuasion, we all recognize that we need bicycle-friendly leaders to build a bicycle-friendly America. 

Still, there’s often the misconception that, as members or leaders of bicycle clubs and nonprofits, advocates are limited in how they can get engaged in local, state and federal elections. Yes, there are rules to follow, but there are many effective ways bicyclists can educate and engage candidates on important transportation issues. 

To make sure you know how to make bicycling a part of the political dialogue in your community, Darren Flusche, the League’s Policy Director, compiled “An Advocate’s Guide to Elections: Making Campaigns Work for Bicycling & Walking.” 

The latest report from Advocacy Advance — a partnership of the League and Alliance for Biking & Walking — uses clear explanations and real-world examples to highlight best practices for 501(c)(3) nonprofits, 501(c)4 organizations and even individual bicyclists. 

“Elections matter,” Flusche writes. “During the election cycle, campaigns give bicycling and walking advocacy organizations the opportunity to educate candidates on bicycling issues, increase the focus on bicycling and walking issues in campaigns, and ultimately build a more bicycle-friendly America.” 

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