Becoming an Advocate: When and How to Speak Up

Have you ever wondered how a bike lane comes to be and where everyday people can make a difference as advocates? Come to a workshop to learn more about how to convince decision makers with a stellar public comment.


From idea to in-the-ground, a bike lane goes through an extended and oftentimes complicated planning process. Along the road to completion, there are key moments when your voice as an SF Bicycle Coalition member can have a big influence on the outcome of a project. While we will always let you know when your voice can have the biggest impact, we also want to give you the tools that you need to successfully drive change.

At the Convincing Decision-Makers Workshop, we prepare our members to speak up in different capacities for projects that transform city streets. First, we take an indepth look at the different steps an infrastructure project must go through before it can be “shovel-ready.” After highlighting advocacy opportunities, we take a look at what makes a convincing public comment. By the end of the workshop, you will have crafted and practiced a public comment that is most likely to sway whoever is listening.

Whether you’re a public meeting veteran or brand new to civic advocacy, this workshop will have something for you. Join us next Wednesday at our offices to bring your game to a whole new level.

Convincing Decision-Makers
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
1720 Market St.

Become a member and you'll improve your commute and get discounts at shops across the city.