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


 
2. START A  
CONVERSATION AT THE PRO WALK/PRO BIKE FACEBOOK


 
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

Garfield Township

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 letters@record-eagle.com  and to info@northernexpress.com. 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 gary@elgruponorte.org
 

5. VOLUNTEER 

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 hello@elgruponorte.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 gary@elgrupononorte.org and contact your local unit of government.

 

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