Litchfield Safe Routes to School (SRTS) advocates, Olivia Wicklund (front right) and Ron Nicholson (front left) met with Rep. Dean Urdahl Feb. 7th to discuss SRTS in the bonding bill. It was a productive visit! Also pictured are Dorian Grilley and Michelle Breidenbach from the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.
We have several additional upcoming opportunities where you can get involved on this issue and advocate for funding Minnesota’s SRTS Program. We are looking for volunteers to help us with the following:
- Attend an in-district meeting with your lawmaker. Before the 2014 session starts, we are working hard to meet with key legislators to make the case for funding this very important program. Join your fellow passionate advocates at these meetings right in your home district with your legislators. We will help you prepare for this meeting by providing talking points and holding a short pre-meeting training so you feel comfortable making the ask of your legislator.
- Write a Letter to the Editor on the importance of Safe Routes to School funding. Help us spread awareness for this issue by penning a letter to the editor to your local paper making the case for the legislator to fund this program this session. And don’t worry, we can help you craft and submit a great letter.
- Attend lobby day April 2, 2014. We also invite you to join us for the American Heart Association’s Heart on the Hill Lobby Day where we will be meeting with lawmakers about funding Safe Routes to School at the capitol. Register for this free event here.
If you are interested in helping out one or more of these opportunities, please contact Anne Simaytis at firstname.lastname@example.org.