[TheThinkTank] Bike Collectives Doing Advocacy Work

Erik Ryberg ryberg at seanet.com
Fri Aug 31 10:48:58 PDT 2007

I am interested in this discussion too.  Our group, BICAS, does not 
explicitly do advocacy (though it depends what you mean by that -- we 
have robust programs for "disadvantaged youth" and so forth and maybe 
the folks doing that work would consider it advocacy) but I think we 
come pretty close, and of course individually we are all 
advocacy-minded.  My law practice is about fifty-percent bike advocacy.

But it is hard to take too critical a stance as an organization when you 
have strong connections with local governments that are fruitful in 
accomplishing your main mission.  BICAS does a lot with the City of 
Tucson and those relationships are important to us, even though most 
individual cyclists here pretty much cannot stand the general 
city-cyclist relationship.

I should say that although I am on the BICAS collective, I am not an 
employee there and I am not the best source of information about BICAS 
and its programs, but the advocacy question is one I have grappled with 
considerably and I am interested to hear how it has panned out with 
other bike collectives.

Erik B. Ryberg
Attorney at Law
445 W. Simpson Street
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-3333
email: ryberg at seanet.com
website: tucsonbikelawyer.com

Rich Points wrote:
> Hey All,
> Community Cycles in Boulder has recently decided to take on an advocacy 
> role in addition to our shop activities.  We will now speak on behalf of 
> the cycling community to the Transportation Advisory Board, City Council 
> and other decision makers who influence infrastructure, policy and 
> cyclists rights.
> I'm sure there are other shops out there doing advocacy work as well.  
> We'd like to hear your stories of success and/or failure. 
> This might be a good topic for a Bike Bike session next year.
> Peace

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