LAWS & LEGISLATION
“Public Values Drive Political Will”
The legislative solutions for cycling issues are not one-size-fits-all, but the primary source of change remains the values and sentiment of the voting community. Through grassroots advocacy on the individual and community level, a shift in perception will change community values, producing the key to shaping political action.
Vehicle, Transportation, Traffic, Criminal, Insurance, and Civil Liability laws are primarily established on the State, and even local government level, while Federal funding programs and laws can impact broader matters such as transportation infrastructure, incentives, energy development, and vehicle design. Legislative advocacy is thus specific to the location and jurisdiction of the lawmaking body, as much as the particular issues and solutions are unique or universal.
Cycle Advocates Programs develop:
- Political Will through Community Support for Cycling
- Funding of Non-Profit Cycling Organizations focused on State and Federal issues
- Legislative Advocacy assistance for Non-Profit Cycling Organizations
- Legal challenges to Laws in the Courts
Political sentiment follows the majority sentiment of the local constituency, and thus the key to obtain political change flows from transforming the community to accept and value cycling. Time and time again, legislation supportive of cycling meets resistance from the public that does not accept and understand the value of cycling to the community. Cycle Advocates programs work directly on the key element of political change- how the community at large feels about cycling. When the community values cycling, the political sentiment and action will favor cycling.
FUNDING OF NON-PROFIT CYCLING ORGANIZATIONS
Cycle Advocates attorneys reinvest in Cycling by donating 10% of fees generated on behalf of Cycle Advocates members and causes to the Non-Profit Cycling Organizations selected by the client. Everytime a Cycle Advocate attorney provides a fee based service to a Cycle Advocate Member, the Cycling Community benefits as well.
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY ASSISTANCE FOR NON-PROFIT CYCLING ORGANIZATIONS
Cycle Advocates attorneys are available to provide counsel and lobbying assistance for non-profit cycling organizations on a pro-bono and modified fee basis. Both attorneys and lay advocates can help by adding to the voice and presence of the cycling organization legislative goals in myriad functions that get the message to the legislators.
LEGAL CHALLENGES IN COURT
Challenges to the application and interpretation of laws in the courtroom draws attention and awareness to Cycling as a valued part of the American Community. Courts present an opportunity to examine laws and policy while raising awareness in the judiciary system, the legislature, and the public eye.
Litigation of Cycle Rights issue and pursuit of test cases produces change within the Law and public policy. Cycle Advocates use litigation to raise acceptance, empathy and integration of Cycling in the Community.