Advocacy and Community Involvement - What we do for YOU!
How Bicycles East Advocates for You!
We at Bicycles East don't just talk about advocacy and community involvement. We do it! Here's a sampling of how we walk (or pedal?) the talk:
LOCAL ADVOCACY EFFORTS:
- Bike Walk Glastonbury: The Bicycles East Advocacy Coordinator is a founding and current member of the Board of Directors of this organization that is working to make Glastonbury a more bicyle-friendly community. She served as the chairperson of the Share the Road Committee and helped to author the Glastonbury Master Bicycle Plan. Learn more about Bike Walk Glastonbury ...
- State of Connecticut Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee: This committee was created by the State of CT's Complete Streets Statute. Our Advocacy Coordinator received a legislative appointment to this committee to aide in the further incorporation of bike/pedestrian facilities into the statewide transportation initiatives. The committee advises the Department of Transportation, Governor, and Legislative Transportation Committee on bicycle and pedestrian issues. Learn more about State of CT Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board ...
- Town of Glastonbury Bicycle Advisory Group: This group combines town advocates and town staff who work together to help make Glastonbury a bicycle-friendly community. Bicycles East's Advocacy Coordinator is a member of this group and served as Acting Chair for it's first year. This group wqas created as a direct result of a recommendation from the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Community Program Manager who took part in a visit and consultation program hosted by Bicycles East.
- Bike Walk Connecticut: This statewide advocacy organization works to impact state-wide efforts. This group began as the Central CT Bicycle Alliance. Our Advocacy Coordinator was a founding member of CCBA Board of Directors of this regional advocacy group and served as chair of their Advocacy Committee. A few years ago, the group decided to expand as a state-wide organization and also expanded their mission to include pedestrian safety, becoming Bike Walk CT. Learn more about Bike Walk Connecticut ...
Bicycles East has direct relationships with the national organizations below:
The League of American Bicyclists began when bikes, not cars, ruled the roads. Today, this organization is a leader in advocating and educating on behalf of cyclists in every state. They also organize major cycling rallies and support many local and state cycling groups across America. Bicycles East is a member of the League of American Bicyclists, and we further support them by donating a percentage of all of our helmet sales.
The Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign is an awards program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle-Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation. The League of American Bicyclists administers the Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign. Bicycles East is taking a lead role in Glastonbury's Bicycle Friendly Community efforts and hosted a visit from BFC Program Staff.
People for Bikes is a membership organization founded by bicycle industry and advocacy leaders with the mission of "putting more people on bikes more often." It was formerly known as Bikes Belong. Bicycles East supports People for Bikes and assists with their communications. Check out their display at Bicycles East.
The mission of I.M.B.A., the International Mountain Bicycling Association, is to promote mountain bicycling opportunities which are environmentally and socially responsible. Bicycles East supports IMBA by donating a portion of all Trek full-suspension mountain bikes that we sell.
Bicycles East supports a large number of local organizations within our community. In addition, we provide bicycle safety programs for schools, scouting groups, and other youth organizations. If you would like to discuss how Bicycles East can create a program for your group, feel free to contact us. Learn more about our community involvement here.