Advocate

We can’t do it alone. SVBC covers 36 jurisdictions between two counties. We rely on our members for your local expertise, on the ground experiences, and real-life stories. We need you to show your local government officials that you care and that there are people who want safe and comfortable bicycle infrastructure and friendly policies. Want to get involved? Here’s what you can do:

Policies and Campaigns 

Browse our Better Biking section to find out what issues and campaigns we are working on in your area.

Take Action

Write letters and sign petitions for current campaigns.

Join an SVBC Local Team 

If you want to get involved in improving bicycling in your community, then consider joining one of our Local Teams! Attend a SVBC Local Team meeting, which are groups of our members in different cities or regions that meet monthly, focus on geographically-specific issues in their community, and advise SVBC on positions. Topics of discussion include new bike infrastructure, events, social rides, and city policies and plans. Policy suggestions from the Local Teams can be submitted to the SVBC Policy Advisory Committee and help shape our advocacy efforts.

SVBC Policy Advisory Committee 

The Policy Advisory Committee discusses local biking policy issues of interest to SVBC and advises the SVBC Board and staff on positions. Meetings are open to all current SVBC members.

 

Request an Official SVBC Position 

If there is a problem in your community that you would like SVBC to help support you on, please explore our existing Initiatives and consider bringing the issue to one of our Local Teams for discussion – our local experts might have the knowledge you need!

To submit a request to staff and the SVBC Policy Advisory Committee for review, please fill out our Position Recommendation Form online. Acceda al formulario en español aquí.

 

Join Your City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee

Understand the landscape by researching what your city is currently doing to promote bicycling. Find out if there is a bicycle master plan. Check out our link for info on city council-appointed advisory bodies focused on bike issues, city bicycle advisory committees (BAC). If there is a Bicycle Advisory Committee, attend one of their meetings and make a comment or apply to be on the committee.

Train up

Check out local advocacy and leadership trainings to learn about government processes and become a better advocate for the issues you care about.