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Cycle of Change

Effect positive change while having fun and building community.

From “A People’s History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation.” Source: TransitCenter


According to the New York-base TransitCenter, a community needs three factors to achieve rapid transportation innovation: a civic vanguard, bold politicians, and champions in government staff.

First and foremost, a community needs a civic vanguard that is resident-led, non-elite, and outside government—yet able to persuade local politicians to take risks—is paramount to the success of any city. Citizen-led campaigns can pressure authorities to change direction, diversify the mix of transportation options, and also provide evidence of why that change would be beneficial. Without a civic vanguard that can direct public support, urban transportation innovation will not reach its potential.

The Cycle of Change is a group of transportation change agents coming together to:

  • Have fun and build community.
  • Effect positive change.

We ask group members to be:

  • Respectful: Honor a diversity of viewpoints and value each other’s limited time.
  • Constructive: Look for positive actions we can achieve together.

BEST supports the Cycle of Change with email lists and other communication tools, summaries of activities and opportunities, a space for meetings, occasional advocacy training, and more — consistent with BEST’s mission and goals.

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