Local Actors & Implementation Partners:
A checklist

  • Public Agencies
  • Mobility purveyors
  • Demand Management
  • Other: actors, supporters, opponents

  • A Big House/Open Door Approach

    When it comes time to plan and implement your project, this becomes above all a task that needs to be handled at the local level, and ideally with as much input and broad collaboration as the organizers can muster. Too often in community-based projects or local government events in contested policy areas (and anything that is new and unfamiliar in our swector is going to incur resistance and at times even enmity), the practice has been to concentrate efforts on organizing the project and various events in close working relationships with people and groups who a priori like your idea. Leaving the potential "trouble makers" for another day? Experience shows that's a big mistake.

    Concerned local/regional government agencies, transporters, business groups, local employers and others should be brought early on into discussions, planning, implementation, and follow-up. It is vital to bring to the table as wide a range of groups and interests as possible, from the city and in the surrounding region in each case, including those whose views may be negative about any of the kinds of major shift in today's transportation arrangements. Nobody likes change out of the blue, especially those "imposed" on us by people who are indifferent to our problems and priorities It is natural to block these unwelcome proposals.

    The key to success is to take a big house/open doors approach. Make sure that you bring in all those groups, interests, people who are going to be impacted, positively or possibly negatively. Better to have them inside the tent and from the beginning.

    One of the richest and most exciting phases of the preparatory projects from the outset is that of taking contact with all these groups in order to discover what they are already doing to advance the sustainability agenda in your city. And what they are ready and able to do if they get the right kind of support.

    Below you have our generic checklist of possible local collaborators, partners, and interested parties. As you look through it from the perspectives of your own community, you will see that there are gaps here. But this at least can get you started.

    Local/regional government agencies

    1. City hall(s)
    2. Communications, public information specialists
    3. Community development programs
    4. Energy, conservation
    5. Environmental services (including monitoring stations and services)
    6. Fire department
    7. Fiscal and economic policies
    8. Mayors (personal commitment)
    9. Ombudsman
    10. Other towns and municipalities in region
    11. Parking policy and administrating
    12. Police and traffic authorities (local and regional)
    13. Public health
    14. Public space management
    15. Related incentive programs
    16. School system
    17. Social services
    18. Special event management
    19. Street vendors, kiosks, etc.
    20. Taxes and charges
    21. Transport and traffic planners
    22. Urban development/master planners
    23. Other concerned agencies, services?

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    Mobility purveyors, representatives

    1. Ambulance and hospital transport
    2. Carshare operators
    3. Carpool/ride-share operations
    4. Church, etc. buses, ridesharing
    5. Cycling groups
    6. Emergency transporters and services
    7. Fleet managers
    8. "Ghost" or black/illegal taxis and carriers
    9. Goods/Freight delivery
    10. Jitneys
    11. Message/courier services
    12. Package delivery
    13. Paratransit providers
    14. Parking providers (public and private)
    15. Pedestrian associations and action groups
    16. Postal buses (mainly in rural areas)
    17. Public transit operators (rail and road)
    18. Rental cars, vehicles
    19. Rideshare and hitch-hiking services
    20. School and other special buses
    21. Taxis, limo and chauffeur services
    22. Transport services for elderly, handicapped
    23. Transport shelters
    24. Walk to School groups
    25. Other?

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    Movement substitutes, Demand Management

    1. Activity clustering
    2. Carfree housing
    3. E-meeting technologies (videoconferencing, voice conferencing, other)
    4. Land use planning
    5. Teleshopping (and delivery)
    6. Telework, telecommuting programs
    7. Travel diaries, logs
    8. Trip chaining
    9. xWork (new ways of organizing distance work)

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    Other key and potential actors, Supporters, Opponents

    1. Board of Trade and other industry groups (including infrastructure)
    2. Automobile associations and related industry groups (get them on board early)
    3. Chambers of commerce, Business groupings, Downtown associations
    4. City boosters
    5. Colleges and universities
    6. Clubs, churches, synagogues, mosques
    7. Consultants - in a broad range of fields with transportation skills and virtuosity extremely important
    8. Developers, real estate agencies,
    9. Employers
    10. Financial community, banks, insurance companies
    11. Foundations, individuals and others able to provide financial support or backing
    12. Fundraisers
    13. Green Maps (Toronto has a fine one)
    14. Groups or people interested or involved in earlier Car Free Days or similar car free projects or demos in region
    15. Hospitals and health agencies (including public health)
    16. Including eventual sponsors and sources of active participation and support
    17. International, national, regional environment, mobility, etc. agencies and associations
    18. Local and regional media (old and new)
    19. Local merchants, chambers of commerce, downtown associations
    20. Media: traditional and new
    21. NGOs, Public interest groups, associations
      • Environmental, ecological, public health, clean air groups
      • Non-motorized transport: Pedestrian, cycling, skating, running groups
      • Associations concerned with elderly, handicapped and poor
    22. Out of town commercial centers
    23. Polling organizations
    24. Red Cross, emergency services and public information programs
    25. Schools and educational institutions
    26. Specialized consultancies, working in these areas
    27. Street performers, musicians
    28. Transport user groups
    29. University/research groups working in these areas
    30. Urban development, public spaces,
    31. Women's groups
    32. Youth, sports and recreation groups


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