Rory Neuner, vice-chair of the League of Michigan Bicyclists and project coordinator for the Transportation for Michigan Coalition (Trans4M), is seeking an at-large seat on Lansing City Council. If elected, she would be one of the most seasoned advocates for transportation transformation to hold office in the state.
A growing number of people across the state have been agitating for Michigan to reclaim the mantle of transportation innovation by fostering alternatives to the automobile, but few have been more energetic than Neuner. Active transportation advocacy has been her particular focus. With the LMB’s John Lindenmayer, she masterminded the successful passage of Michigan’s Complete Streets law last year, a coup that garnered national recognition. In coordinating the up-and-coming Trans4M coalition, she’ll be leading the charge for the even broader policy reform the state so badly needs.
Neuner’s campaign website cites her work to pass Lansing’s Complete Streets law, but transportation isn’t the focus; her decision to run was prompted by Lansing Council’s rejection of tax incentives for urban redevelopment. Her day job has greater consequence for how the state gets around. Still, if elected, Neuner would be in a good position to help along a number of exciting local projects, including a Lansing-East Lansing bus rapid transit line. And, if the Auto State is destined to produce its own Earl Blumenauer or Jim Oberstar, Neuner is a strong candidate for the role.