The Power of Collaboration
Through previous advocacy work we had a connection with someone from the David Suzuki Foundation who introduced us to others, building connections from which we were able to establish a relationship with City Transportation. We were then able to provide education and outreach to various communities who were being given transportation infrastructure (e.g. bike lanes), which have historically polarized communities (as many people believe they cause traffic congestion, etc). Through our collaborations, we were able to expand our outreach through mail outreach programs and to work collaboratively with city staff to develop messages and activities that would help residents understand and support bike lanes. We also built another partnership with a non-profit, through which we received grants from the Department of Environment and Climate Change.