[TheThinkTank] Bike Collectives- Advocacy Work
mist at strans.org
Fri Aug 31 11:58:09 PDT 2007
here's our path:
'96: free cycles forms to advance community cycling
2000: missoula institute for sustainable transportation forms to address
safe and accessible cycling, clean air, equity, street design, etc.
2003: free cycles brought under mist umbrella
2007: works well; free cycles does the 'non-political' restore/teach bike
stuff, mist does the 'in the trenches research, design and advocacy' work.
in essence, we have many overlapping circles of people doing related yet
i think there is no magic formula, only organically growing circles of
people and organization(s)
i also think we have reached a collective awareness of
sustainability/bicycle issues that the same people working on
'non-political' community bike programs (these programs are actually very
political and effective in a quiet way), can be very direct about the need
for bicycle friendly infrastructures.
mist was able to help get a road diet in place last year, which made many
people angry (and many people very happy). the 4-lane to 3-lane
conversion is working great, for bikes, walkers, and even motor vehicles
(slow and smooth car flow).
a new group just formed here, with different circles of people: the bike
walk alliance for missoula.
here is why mist and free cycles are under one umbrella: the experiences,
excitement, trials and errors of the community bike shop help inform mist
as to what people desire and practice with regards to cycling; conversely,
the research, design and collaboration of a larger sustainable
transportation movement helps guide what projects to undertake with the
mountains of bicycles and people energy that flow into the shop every day.
Free Cycles Missoula (program of...
Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation
www.strans.org, mist at strans.org, 406.880.6834
Erik Ryberg said:
> 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
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