Some lessons from the citizen engagement in a small town

I often get asked for advice on how to get started when a local area, town or neighbourhood wants to do something about the traffic, and I hope this post helps in these cases.

This is an example of the work done by residents from the town of Liezele (in Belgium) but the post also includes some general advice that arises from this experience, namely:

Step 1: Finding common cause
Step 2: Don’t reinvent the wheel
Step 3: Engaging more stakeholders
Step 4: Turning feelings and opinions into data, with Telraam
Step 5: Reaching out to policymakers
Step 6: In politics, patience is key

Thank you so much to our friends @MertenDeKinderen and @ElkeFranchois at Mobiel21 who helped us put this together and for @elke.verhoeven for getting it translated and published today.

I’d be very interested in your thoughts, particularly if you are involved in building support for a local traffic campaign or network. Maybe this might be interesting for people like @stefan.richter, @elliott.jenkin for example?


Step 6 is the magic sauce!

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