I am interested in learning whether there has been any research done on messages that are helpful in persuading local policy makers to allocate resources for improving active transportation infrastructure (walking, bike paths, etc.) For example, information about the economic burden of physical inactivity in a community might spur local policy makers into action. I'd be particularly interested in focus group, survey or interview research that explored the motivations for local policy makers to invest in active transportation infrastructure. Alternatively, strong circumstantial or anecdotal evidence for the persuasiveness of a message would also be interesting. Does anyone have informal feedback from a local policy maker that a particular message was influential in gaining their support for investments in active transportation? Can anyone make a connection between a particular message and allocation of resources by a government agency or governing body for active transportation infrastructure? I understand that the contexts for resource allocation decisions are complex, and that a message alone is likely to be limited as a means of creating change. However, any information about messages that appear to have played a role in changing policy or influencing resource allocation would be helpful.
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