Trainings, model policy templates, and guidance on how to push for change

Local Motion has provided consulting services in 30 states and 60 Missouri communities since 2010.

We most often work with smaller communities without a local advocacy organization, and provide trainings, model policy templates, and guidance on how to push for change.

Our Consulting Services

Local Motion led Columbia, MO to be the first city in Missouri and one of the first small cities in the US to adopt a Vision Zero policy.

We can help you craft your Vision Zero policy language, develop your strategy and Action Plan, build a Vision Zero website, analyze crash data, and create priority crash maps (High Injury Network maps).

Local Motion also led Columbia, MO to be the first city in Missouri to adopt a Complete Streets policy. We are now developing a new equity-focused Complete Streets model policy.

We can help you select best-practice policy language, build a campaign strategy, and provide solutions to potential barriers.

We’re big believers in strategic planning — but strategic planning done well. We’ve heard our share of strategic planning horror stories. To be honest, we don’t completely get it because we’ve developed a structured strategic planning process for our own needs that’s exciting to work through and is very effective in helping us achieve our goals.

We’ve served as strategic planning facilitators for a dozen communities across Missouri, both urban and rural, and held sessions both in-person and virtual. We can help you identify your vision of where you want to be in the future, and create concrete action steps to get you there.

Walk audits assess how safe and comfortable it feels to walk in a given area. The results from walk audits can help communities develop plans for better sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, accessibility features, and intersection design.

We can host walk audits in your community, or provide trainings and walk audit tools so you can host them yourself. Then we’ll guide you in creating reports and getting the information to the right decision makers.

We can help you build GIS maps that identify locations of transportation resources (sidewalks, bike lanes, bus routes) as well as community resources (grocery stores, healthcare, jobs).

These maps show the gaps in your transportation network, and where prioritizing resources would create the most bang for your buck in ensuring that people can get where they want to go.

Let’s be real. Most communities are not good at public engagement. Public input meetings are often poorly publicized, located in hard to reach areas (especially for people who walk, bike, or ride transit), are at inconvenient times, and don’t provide the supports that many people need, like meals and childcare.

Most often the people who do attend these meetings are those with the most resources, who are often white, wealthy, able-bodied folks who own cars. This skews the input that cities receive, because it often lacks the perspective of people of color, low-wealth families, and people with disabilities.

We’ve developed an anti-racist community engagement process to ensure that these voices are heard in local planning processes. We can train you on how to use the tool and integrate it through policy into your city’s standard business practice.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Lawrence Simonson at


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