How to be a Grand Traverse Pro Walk/Pro Bike Advocate
We all have an interest in making the Grand Traverse region as healthy, active, and accessible as possible. If you’re ready to engage and represent for Pro Walk/Pro Bike intitiatives, here are some beginning steps to take.
1. SIGN UP TO OUR ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER
3. SEND A POSITIVE NOTE TO DECISION MAKERS
We recommend introducing yourself to government officials and representatives with a positive and offer to help. There are a lot of positive improvements taking place in Grand Traverse region deserving of our appreciation. Send them a thank you and ask if they are ready to join you in making our community walkable and bikeable for everyone.
City of Traverse City
- City Manager, Mary Colburn: email@example.com
- City Commission, CityCommissioners@traversecitymi.gov
- Planning Director, Russ Soyring: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Planning Commission: PlanningCommission@traversecitymi.gov
- Traffic committee chair, Assistant City Manager, Penny Hill: email@example.com
- For more agendas, minutes, and additional contacts: Traverse City
- Supervisor, Chuck Korn: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Planning Director, email@example.com
- For more agendas, minutes, and additional contacts: Garfield Township
East Bay Township
- Supervisor, Beth Friend: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For more agendas, minutes, and additional contacts: East Bay Township
For additional information, you can download a growing list of contacts in this PDF Advocacy Local Resources. (Updated periodically. If you see a needed update, let us know!)
4. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Keeping Pro Walk/Pro Bike issues top of mind with human stories with letters to the editor is powerful tool for advocacy. The two best sources in Grand Traverse region are the Traverse City Record-Eagle and Northern Express. Short and clear at best. You can send letters to: Record Eagle to email@example.com and to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be considered, submissions must include phone number and address. Letters must be in the body of the email, not an attachment.
Possible topics, traffic calming, active transportation, sidewalks, crosswalks, and master plans. If you would like someone to review, we invite to email Norte’s advocacy director email@example.com
We are always looking for talented, creative people to help create and share Pro Walk/Pro Bike content.
- Like to write? Support our blog as a guest author
- Skilled with the camera? Act as one of our photographers/videographers
- People person? Help out at our many outreach events and activities
Say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
6. REPORT STREET OR SIDEWALK CONDITIONS
Pothole threatening to eat your wheel? Sidewalk unshoveled? Bike lane paint faded? Report it to our advocacy director at email@example.com and contact your local unit of government.
- If the issue is in Traverse City, contact the Traverse City Streets Department.
- If the issue is in Grand Traverse County, contact the Road Commission.
7. ENROLL IN OUR ADVOCATE ACADEMY
This is an introductory course that prepares participants for effective local advocacy. Classes provide useful information, strategy, and experience working directly on a local issue.
8. SIGN UP TO OUR ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER TO STAY IN THE LOOP