Ride your bike
The simplest and easiest advocacy statement you can make. You can ride for fun, recreation, social contact, fitness, commuting, transport. It doesn´t matter as long as you ride your bike as often as you can.
Also encourage others to ride. Ride with Bike North or other groups.
Remember when you are riding you should be an ambassador for cycling and try not to do anything that will give people a negative impression about cycling.
Write a letter
If you see something right or wrong then write a letter and let people know. Why not an email? It is generally felt that a letter shows a higher level of interest than an email. So a letter it should be.
- Make sure you are sending it to the right authority
- Put the date on the letter
- Put your address and contact details down
- Keep to a single subject per letter.
- Keep the language simple and direct
- Keep to one page of writing
- Copy to the relevant advocacy organisation (e.g. Bike North)
- Write a letter to the paper
- Special tips are required when writing to the media.
- Don´t comment on behalf of an organisation unless authorised
- Keep the letter very short and pithy
- Go way under the word limit if you can
- Be topical. A day or a week late is missed
- Keep the language really simple
- Include your contact details
Respond to Community Consultation
In many places there are community consultations about issues that affect cycling. Sure there are road and transport topics. But also think of the issues that are not so obvious. The local town plan which seeks to make a friendly ambience. The local health plan which could incorporate cycling as exercise. etc.
Attend a Cycle Advocacy Group Meeting (e.g. Bike North Local Group)
There are cycle advocacy groups in many areas and most of them have regular meetings to discuss issues, strategies and actions. Join in.
Ring talk-back radio
Often there are discussions on talk-back radio which are uninformed from the point of view of cycling. Make sure you have your facts straight and know what you are going to say before you ring. And don´t get trapped into emotive arguments by the professionals at the other end.
Read the papers (local and metropolitan)
Keep up to date with local issues so you know what is going on. You can then comment to the right people at the right time. You might like to write to the papers and if you do do you need to follow special writing tips.