The advocates in Illinois wasted no time. President Obama hadn’t even signed the new federal transportation law (MAP-21) yet — and the League of Illinois Bicyclists and Active Transportation Alliance had already written a letter to the secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation about the future of bicycle funding.
They asked for a meeting — and got it.
They asked the DOT to fully utilize funding for biking and walking under the new Transportation Alternatives program — and signs are good that Illinois will do just that.
But their campaign is far from over.
Learn more about successful advocacy approaches in both Illinois and Wyoming on the next Navigating MAP-21 webinar: Winning Bike Funding under Transportation Alternatives on September 5 from 2 to 3 p.m. EASTERN.
Facilitated by Darren Flusche, League Policy Director, this webinar will delve into the Transportation Alternatives programs — a key aspect of the new transportation law for bike/ped funding. To shed some light on early successes and lessons learned by leading advocates, we’ll be joined by Ron Burke, Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago, and Tim Young, League Board Member, in Wyoming.
Carolyn SzczepanskiCarolyn joined the League in March 2012, after two years at the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In addition to managing the League's blog, magazine and other communications, Carolyn organized the first National Women's Bicycling Summit and launched the League's newest program: Women Bike. Before she crossed over to advocacy, she was a professional journalist for nearly 10 years.