By Collin Mead, Government Affairs Manager
Wisconsin Bike Fed is thrilled to announce a statewide letter writing campaign we are coordinating with Trek Bicycles.
Since the Bike Fed’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol on March 9th, we have been hard at work keeping our foot on the advocacy “pedal”. This week, we are launching one last advocacy push from now until the end of Bike Week (June 3 – June 10), which is when the Joint Committee on Finance is expected to make final decisions on the 2023 – 2025 State Budget.
We are asking you to write your legislator expressing your support of WisDoT’s proposed increase in Transportation Alternatives Funding (TAP) for trails and biking and walking infrastructure to $18.5 million annually, as well as a proposed $1.2 million dollar annual fund to help rural communities meet the required “local match”. Additionally, we encourage you to write about any trails you love to ride or the impact that cycling has had on you or your community.
Each person – you, your friends, your family, your co-workers – who writes a letter to their legislator or a Joint Committee on Finance member will be entered into a drawing to win a Bike Fed and Trek swag bag! Three winners will be selected in a drawing on June 15th. Winners will be notified via the email they provide when entering the contest.
If you would like to participate in this campaign and write a letter, we strongly encourage you to visit our contact your legislator webpage, print out the letterhead that is linked, fill out this google form to ensure you are entered in the drawing, and mail the letter! If you are looking for some writing inspiration, I encourage you to head over to our new and improved 2023 Priority Projects webpage.
If you are short on time and can’t commit to hand-writing your letter, we also have a form on the bottom of the webpage for you to submit your information (name, email, home address, legislators) that will auto-fill a stock letter to your legislators. However, we strongly encourage handwritten letters over this feature as they have proven to be most effective with legislators.