How to be a Grand Traverse Pro Walk/Pro Bike Advocate

1. JOIN OUR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE ADVOCACY GROUP

2. JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON FACEBOOK

3. CONTACT DECISION MAKERS

While our local leaders are brilliant people, they are not mindreaders. If you value a community that is walkable and bikeable for everyone…then YOU must demand it!

Also, don’t forget to thank our local leaders for a job well done! If you see a particular program or policy that has helped make Grand Traverse County more bike/walk friendly, let them know. Too often they only hear complaints and requests, but it is very important to recognize all the good work that is being done, too!

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4. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Both proactive and reactive letters to the editor can be powerful ways to advocate for walkable/bikeable community design. Example topics:

  • Implementation of Traverse City’s Complete Streets Policy
  • Implementation of Traverse City’s Traffic Calming Program
  • Completion of Traverse City’s Active Transportation Plan
  • Enforcement of Traverse City’s ordinance to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • In support of a multi-modal 8th Street design with protected walk/bike infrastructure
  • In support of safe walk/bike infrastructure for our region’s most dangerous roads – Barlow, Division, Grandview – where pedestrians are too frequently struck and/or killed.  

Email the Traverse City Record-Eagle at letters@record-eagle.com                   

Email the Northern Express at info@northernexpress.com                                           

  • Letters must be in the body of the email, not an attachment
  • Must include a phone number for verification

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
  • Social media whiz? Share away as a social media ambassador
  • People person? Help out at our many outreach events and activities

Email us at hello@elgruponorte.org for more info

6. REPORT DANGEROUS STREET OR SIDEWALK CONDITIONS

Pothole threatening to eat your wheel? Sidewalk unshoveled? Bike lane paint faded? Report it.

  • Call or email the Traverse City Streets Department
  • Call or email the Traverse City Engineering Department

7. STAY UP TO DATE! HAVE NORTE’S ADVOCACY NEWS SENT STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX