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Carter Lavin

Carter Lavin is a climate activist in Oakland, California who helps organizations and individuals build political power, hone strategy, and win campaigns on the local, regional, and state level. Follow his Substack or his website for more info.

Get to Know Your MPO: An Advocate’s Guide to Some of Our Most Critical Transportation Agencies

The Metropolitan Planning Organization can have an outsized influence on local transportation decisions. Here's what every advocate needs to know about how they operate — and how to win them over.

June 24, 2024

Op-ed: Transportation Activists Sometimes Also Need to be Detectives

Training is important, but requiring a license to ride a e-bike would have other negative consequences.

February 12, 2024

Why Protests Work and How to Use Them to Win The Transportation Outcomes You Want

An advocacy trainer explores you should take to the streets for better streets — and how to do it right.

October 25, 2023

How to Advocate For Transit and Bike Improvements From Inside a Government Agency

"As agency staff or an outside consultant, your hands might be officially tied…but you can still kick."

August 4, 2023