The best way we've found? Share your project far and wide: build public support on the ground using online forums like Neighborland, and present your case to innovative, receptive leadership in your area.
We plan to create tools to help you drum up support for your campaign, but until then, good old online petitions or even Facebook support can go a long way! One example? We used MoveOn Petitions to create a "Restore Walk Raleigh" campaign when our signs were taken down, and we solicited 1300 signatures in just three days. The campaign was organically shared via social media (Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to the rescue!), allowing for rapid dispersal of our message. We could take evidence of this public support to City Council to help make our case for re-installing Walk Raleigh signage.