Advocacy Events

We offer ongoing support to BCM’s state-wide network of advocates through Advocacy Events – including Community Spokes trainings, regional network gatherings, and special presentations. These events keep local advocates informed and connected with each other. We also encourage you to attend local public forums, town committee-meetings, MaineDOT public meetings, and similar events in order to speak up for better bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.


Upcoming Advocacy Events


Past Events

Community Spokes Training, Waterville

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 8:30am-4:30pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

Community Spokes Training, Machias

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9am-5pm.

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

Community Spokes Training, Camden

Wednesday, November 18, 2016, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

Community Spokes Training, Auburn

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

Legislative Biking and Walking Tour

Thursday, May 7th
Augusta, ME

  • Join the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for a fun and informative bike ride or walk in and around Augusta. 
  • For Riders: An easy ride from the Statehouse to Hallowell and back.
  • For Walkers: A relaxed-paced stroll to the river and back.

Community Spokes Training, Bangor

 Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

The Maine Active Communities Conference

Thursday, September 25th at 8am

Unitarian Universalist Church of Bangor, 120 Park Street, Bangor, ME

  • Join us for the 7th annual Maine Active Communities Conference, a training and celebration of the health and economic benefits of Active Community Environments: the built environment, physical activity, walking, biking, parks, trails and more.
  • Active Community Environments (ACEs) are places where people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to be physically active via recreation and transportation, particularly walking and biking.

Portland PARK(ing) Day

Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 8am to 5pm

  • Businesses, designers, artists, architects, and citizens turn metered parking spaces into temporary public parks for the day.
  • Customers can relax, members of the public can mingle, and people walking by can say “huh?”
  • The hope is that these temporary park installations will foster conversation among citizens about our interactions with and access to public open space in the city, and the amount of publicly-owned space occupied by cars that could perhaps be used for something else.
  • A map of spaces is posted HERE.

The Saco Active Community Forum

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4pm

Saco Transportation Center, 138 Main Street, Saco, ME

  • Are you concerned about walking or biking safely in Saco? Join us for a community forum on safe biking and walking in your community.
  • Share your thoughts on problem areas for walking and biking, and learn about solutions that create active communities.
  • Participating Organizations: The Saco ACE Team, Saco Spirit, The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, The City of Saco Parks and Recreation Department, and the City of Saco Planning Department.
  • Light Food and Refreshments will be Served.
  • Please help us gather information about barriers to walking and biking prior to this event. Fill out the Saco Active Community Survey

Open Streets Westbrook

Saturday, September 6th from 12pm to 5pm

Main Street in Downtown Westbrook

  • Open Streets Westbrook is a safe place for healthy recreation, a place where families, residents, and visitors can be active and meet friends in the heart of our downtown.
  • Walk, Bike, and Play right on Main Street!
  • No Cars – No Traffic – Bike Decoration Station – Dance Classes – Bicycle Skills and Safety Course for Kids – Zumba – Free Bicycle Helmets – Hoola-Hooping – Basic Bike Repair – Hop-Scotch – Fix-A-Flat Workshops – Yoga – Chalk Art – Pedal-Powered Milkshakes

The Sanford Active Community Forum

Thursday, June 12 at 6pm
Sanford City Hall Annex, 917 Main Street

  • Brought to you by the Sanford Active Community Environment (ACE) Team, whose mission is to foster a community environment in Sanford that is safe and inviting for people of all ages to enjoy active lifestyles.
  • Learn about efforts to create safer opportunities to bike, walk, wheelchair, and skateboard in Sanford.
  • Click the link to learn more and RSVP to attend

Dinner and Bikes

SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress Street, Portland, ME

June 9 at 7pm

  • Please join us from 7pm to 10pm for a traveling road show of vegan food and bicycle inspiration.
  • Joshua Ploeg will delight with a vegan and gluten free buffet dinner, Elly Blue will present about Bikenomics and the economic case for bicycling,
  • Joe Biel will show his new feature-length documentary, Aftermass, about the history of bicycle activism in Portland, Oregon.
  • The event is followed with a book signing and time for questions, discussion of local issues, and perusing the traveling bookstore.

The York County Active Communities Network Trails Summit

Wednesday, June 4 at 4pm
Southern Maine Health Care, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford

  • The Summit will feature three Skill-Building Presentations from local trail and land conservation groups.
  • Join us to learn how your own group can overcome right-of-way and landowner issues, and build sustainable and accessible trails.
  • Click the link to learn more and RSVP to attend.

Community Spokes Training, UNE Biddeford Campus

 Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

 

2nd Annual Western Maine ACE Conference

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bethel Inn Resort, 21 Broad Street, Bethel

Hosted by Healthy Oxford Hills

  • Learn more about how you can help change your town into an active community
  • Join the conversation about how to create places that invite people of all ages and abilities to be active

 

Bangor Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Forum

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4pm – 6pm

Coespace, 48 Columbia Street, Bangor

With Jim Tasse of the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program and Alexia Corbett of the Penquis Public Health District Community Transformation Grant Program

  • Are you concerned about walking and biking safety in the Bangor Region? Join us for a forum on safe biking and walking in your community.
  • Share your thoughts on problem areas for walking and biking and get tips on staying safe on the road from the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program
  • Additional Resources: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in the Bangor Region

 

York County Active Communities Network Quarterly Meeting, Sanford

Wednesday January 22, 2014, 4pm – 6pm

  • Join us for the third meeting of the York County Active Communities Network, formerly the York County Bicycle and Pedestrian Network. The meeting and networking event will include:
  • Updates on Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trail Happenings in Communities in York County, including Ogunquit, Sanford, York, and others.
  • An introduction to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Community Spokes Program
  • A Skill-Builder Presentation: “Lower Cost, High Impact: Bikeway Implementation Strategies” by Jim Tasse, Education Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Networking!
  • York County Active Communities Network Meeting Sponsored By: Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, Maine Safe Routes to School Program
  • Additional Resources: Lower Cost, High Impact: Bikeway Implementation Strategies

 

Community Spokes Training, Portland

Wednesday November 6, 2013, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

 

Who Owns the Road? A Complete Streets Workshop, USM Gorham Campus

Monday, October 7, 2013, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

  • Please join us for a presentation by Tom Errico, Director of Traffic Engineering at T.Y. Lin International. Tom Errico has over two decades of experience as a traffic engineer working throughout Maine and New England.
  • Tom’s feature presentation will review options to balance community needs, and share best practices from around the country for improving transportation and active living choices.
  • This Workshop is sponsored by the Cumberland County Public Health and Transportation Coalition, PHiT
  • Additional Resources: Introduction to Complete Streets

 

Community Spokes Network Gathering, Portland

Wednesday September 25, 2013, 5pm to 7pm

 

Community Spokes Regional Meeting, Brunswick

Wednesday May 15, 2013

  • With Tom Errico, Traffic Engineering Director at T.Y. Lin International
  • The What, Why, and How of Complete Streets
  • Additional Resources: Introduction to Complete Streets

 

Community Spokes Training, Ellsworth

Thursday March 28, 2013, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

 

Community Spokes Regional Meeting, Bangor

Wednesday March 27, 2013

  • With Tom Errico, Traffic Engineering Director at T.Y. Lin International
  • The What, Why, and How of Complete Streets
  • Additional Resources: Introduction to Complete Streets

 

Community Spokes Regional Meeting, Saco

Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

  • This event will be a combined education and networking meeting, and will feature a presentation from Tom Errico, engineer at TY Lin International and nationally certified Complete Streets Presenter on the “What, Why and How of Complete Streets”.
  • The gathering will include time and activities to encourage participants to share their successes, questions and challenges.
  • This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Complete Streets, and to get to know folks in the region who are actively working to promote bicycling and walking for community economic development, health, transportation and recreation.
  • Additional Resources: Introduction to Complete Streets

 

Community Spokes Training

Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:30am – 5pm

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 8:30am – 5pm

Wednesday November 2, 2011, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description