Join Our 2020 Virtual Advocacy Workshop Series: Learn How to Make Your Neighborhood Better for Biking and Walking

Photo Caption: Photo taken from the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club “Honoring Slain Citizens Ride”. Photo shows the ride captain holding a megaphone with other cyclists around.

Learn about what it takes to be a biking and walking advocate

Whether you’re brand new to the bike/ped advocacy world or you’ve been part of the process for years, we want to welcome you to take part in our 2020 Virtual Advocacy Workshop Series.

In these workshops, we will take a look at the nuts and bolts of what it means to be an advocate and champion for safer streets. The series will start this July and will run until the end of the year. No previous advocacy experience is necessary to attend these workshops but the audience is intended to be those who are interested in biking and walking advocacy. We strongly encourage you to read our Toolkit for Starting and Sustaining a Neighborhood Bike/Ped Committee to familiarize yourself.

Roster for the Advocacy Workshop Series

How to Pick and Plan a Neighborhood Campaign

July 14, 6-7pm

So you want to do something to make biking and walking better in your neighborhood. Do you have a lot of ideas but don’t know how to start? Do you have no ideas and need to know what kind of project would work? In this one hour session, we will go through the process of how to pick and plan a winning campaign for your neighborhood.

Effective Tactics 

August 5, 6-7pm

Knowing what to do to grab the attention of the right people can make a campaign one that is just okay to something that will make a lasting impression. In this workshop, we will talk about the various ways to build support for a project and demonstrate that support to decision-makers. We will discuss various tactics that we have used at BikePGH as well as others from around the country. Come ready with a few ideas that you’d like to discuss!

Coalition Building 101

September 16, 6-7pm

We can’t change our streets on our own. We need the help of our neighbors, community, and other organizations. One way is to reach out to others and form new friendships and working relationships through coalition building. In this workshop, we will go over how to build a network and sustain your relationships with your coalition. 

Talking about safe streets and knowing your audience

October 14, 6-7pm

In this session, we will go over the importance of knowing who you are talking to and what you are talking about. We will discuss safe streets and the importance of defining it so that you can effectively talk to those who you are trying to engage with. We will talk about how common transportation advocacy words mean different things to various people.

How to Get Organized

November 10, 6-7pm

This workshop will go over how bike/ped advocacy groups can get and stay organized. We’ll go over things from what a group can do to what individuals can do to keep their groups sustained, lively, and efficient. What sparks you joy?


BECOME AN ADVOCATE

JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD’S BIKE/PED COMMITTEE

Want to get more involved with making Pittsburgh better for biking and walking? Become a bike/ped advocate. There are over 20 neighborhood bike/ped committees across the City and surrounding municipalities. You can find a complete list of them here. You can always start your own committee too! Email anna@bikepgh.org for more information.


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