[TheThinkTank] Bike Collectives Doing Advocacy Work
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
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
email: ryberg at seanet.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.
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