Make Your Town More Bike-Friendly: Community Spokes Toolkit

toolkitdownloadThe Community Spokes Toolkit was developed for local community bike advocates trained by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as “Community Spokes.”  These tools were designed for all advocates who want to make their own Maine community more bike-friendly.

The Community Spokes Toolkit is intended to help you create a campaign around any local issues related to bicycling and walking, or to help you provide assistance to others doing similar work. It provides the information you need to coordinate or assist with efforts to promote projects, policies and programs in your community to benefit bicycling and walking.

The Toolkit will help you:

  • Create a Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee in your town
  • Bring bike safety and education programs to the town, like Safe Routes to School
  • Develop bike-friendly municipal policies, like Complete Streets policies
  • Find funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects
  • Frame and spread your message to those who can help

This resource was developed with funding from the Alliance for Biking & Walking, the Cumberland County Government, and the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust in Portland, Maine.

Please email Abby King at to learn more about the Community Spokes Program


Part 4: Online Resources

As an addition to the printed Community Spokes Toolkit, we offer this guide to online resources to help you and your committee become more effective advocates for walking and biking in your local community.

Additional Community Spokes Resources

Active Community Environments

Advocacy Process Guides

Alliance for Biking and Walking – Winning Campaigns Resources

Assessment and Evaluation Tools

Complete Streets


Design Manuals and Planning Guides

Maine Department of Transportation

The Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program

The Maine Safe Routes to School Program

Making the Case for Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements

Economic and Job Creation

Public Health



Off-Road Trails

Planning & Design Visualization Tools

Web Platforms for Civic Projects

Allied Organizations