Let’s See What We Can Do, 2021
Before we get too far into the New Year, let’s reflect on the accomplishments of 2020. Specifically, on Norte’s advocacy efforts, which never stopped. Indeed, they broadened and deepened to include public health messaging, access to essential transportation, and opposition to racism.
In the effort for more equitable communities where people of all ages feel safe, comfortable, and welcome to walk and roll where they wish, we saw progress.
- In Traverse City, Norte has a seat on the newly formed Active Transportation Committee. This committee advises staff on upcoming infrastructure projects and policy while bringing forward lighter, quicker, cheaper possibilities—improvements that may not solve everything but move a community in the right direction.
- In early May, Norte partnered with TART Trails to help the City of Traverse City implement a City Commission directed Shared Street initiative in two city neighborhoods. The project provided a more inviting space for people to stay active while social distancing. Norte also joined the downtown open streets initiative with our first parklet.
- Norte continues to engage in projects across Northern Michigan, from Northport south around both bays and back north to Elk Rapids. East Bay is busy with the three-mile trail extension and a major Safe Routes to School project. Elk Rapids has a bike hub in need of safe connections.
We see action and need towards improved accessibility for all everywhere, from street design to construction zones, to schools and parks and businesses. If you’re interested in helping your community move towards these goals, let me know. I’m here to help.
If you want to learn more about Pro Walk/Pro Bike advocacy and find your role in the effort, consider enrolling for the 2021 Advocate Academy (we start on February 4). You’ll walk away understanding better how decisions happen, how to have a positive impact, and have connected with natural allies.
As our Executive Director wrote last week, we need action and imagination. The time is now.
So, welcome, 2021. We’re ready for you. Let’s see what we can do.
Advocacy Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Learn more about the 2021 Advocate Academy, hosted by Norte and the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. Registration for the February start date is now open.
Happy. Healthy. Strong.