body. Many policies may take shape through the internal workings of a municipal agency, such as a planning or engineering department. A department director may choose to more actively consider bicycle and pedestrian accommodations and can instruct department staff to do so during their daily duties.
Leadership & Advocacy
Strong leadership is important for instituting any type of change in the community. In terms of contributing to the development process, it can be critical to successfully negotiating with a developer on the inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. During development or redevelopment, this role can be taken on by the Mayor, township administrator or agent of the municipality, as long as that individual understands the needs of the community. This may also take the form of a citizen task force or another type of advocacy group that is focused on a particular issue. Effective leadership and advocacy is aided by supportive policies and planning.
Integrating Tools in Decision Making
The regulatory tools available to municipalities have specific qualities that make each one useful in certain cases but often overlap as well. The result is that these tools are often used in conjunction with each other and in some cases provide