Investing in Place and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) are working together to support improved policies and increased levels of funding for active transportation and complete streets. One of the ways Investing in Place and LACBC are working towards that is by partnering on a customized Advocacy Advance workshop, to be held in early May. The workshop will bring together community organizations and leaders to develop a collaborative strategy to enhance active transportation planning in the region. The goal is to build a powerful coordinated effort to advance a transportation ballot initiative expenditure plan that makes significant investments in active transportation (safe routes to school, first/last mile and improved transit access, complete streets and more).
This workshop will bring together advocates from across the county to develop a coordinated effort over the next three months to ensure that active transportation is adequately addressed in the expenditure plan for the potential ballot measure under consideration by Metro—likely to be adopted on July 24th, 2015. Participants will review the soon-to-be-released draft expenditure plan, learn about the players who influence it (including Councils of Governments), and develop a plan to work together to increase funding for active transportation.
We are asking that partners who attend commit to participating in the efforts to be developed at this workshop, including responding to action alerts, communicating with policy makers, attending public hearings to speak, and signing on to joint letters. Now through July is a critical time for partners working on mobility, social equity, and public health to speak with a unified voice in support of investments that make our communities better for active transportation.