Here at Trans4M we are welcoming November with open arms in anticipation of a couple exciting coalition events! You might say our theme for November is advocacy – giving you helpful tools and opportunities to make working with your elected officials on transportation policy as smooth as possible.
On Tuesday, November 12th we will be holding our Trans4M Advocacy Day in Lansing – a fun opportunity to see your legislators in action, and share your story about transportation in your community. A few days later, on Monday, November 18th, several Trans4M members will host the Moving Our Metro conference in Dearborn.
Let’s be honest, speaking your mind with an elected official comes easier for some more than others; even so, when would you have the chance to sit down with them and share some real talk? That’s where we come in. At the Trans4M Advocacy Day, individuals from across Michigan will gather in Lansing to attend personal meetings with their senators and representatives. While we at the coalition do our best to educate legislators on key transportation policy issues, it’s important that you share your piece too. After all, we can talk numbers and statistics all day, but it’s input from constituents like you that brings it all home for our legislators. Legislators need to know what transportation means to you – how it affects your life and where you want to see it go.
We will not just bring you to Lansing and leave you hanging – we have put together an Advocacy Day Primer with tips on how to dress appropriately, what to keep your eyes and ears out for, and other helpful hints. Registration is free and includes lunch. Make sure to sign up soon and have your voice be heard on the issues that matter to you and your community!
The next event to build your policy toolbox is Moving Our Metro: A Day of Thinking, Planning and Doing. This all-day event is broken into three parts: the Michigan Suburbs Alliance Annual Meeting, a Regional Planning Mini-Conference and a public workshop on TAP funding. During the mini-conference, there will be a variety of sessions to choose from, giving you plenty of options to learn more about modern transportation policies. During the public workshop, TAP into Possibilities, participants will learn how the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) can help make their communities more walkable and bikeable. The day will be an opportunity to discuss current topics in transportation funding and to be a part of the planning for Metro Detroit’s transportation future.
Be sure to register for these events and look out for more information on the Trans4M Advocacy Day next week. Sign up quickly and get ready for an exciting November with Trans4M!
By: Kajal Ravani, Fellow at Transportation For Michigan