Advocacy News

Bicyclist – and Coalition board member – learns firsthand the destructive consequences of distracted driving


Bicycle Coalition of Maine Board of Directors member Michael Rifkin wrote an op/ed for the Portland Press Herald about his first-hand brush with a distracted driver. His thoughtful and provocative piece makes an important point: distracted driving is inexcusable. Read … Continue reading

 

National Walk to School Day is Oct. 10th!


Hundreds of Maine school children will walk or bike to school with family members, school staff and volunteers in celebration of National Walk to School Day on October 10th. Organized events are planned at schools across the state throughout October, … Continue reading

 

Maine Records Its First Bicycling Fatality of 2018


August 9, 2018 (Portland, ME) –  Maine recorded its first bicycle fatality of 2018, when Laila Al-Matrouk, 15, was hit and killed in a motor vehicle/bicycle crash on Sunday, August 5, in Belfast.  “The Bicycle Coalition of Maine extends its … Continue reading

 

Citing Concerns For Rider Safety, Bicycle Coalition of Maine Cancels 2018 Maine Lobster Ride


Forecasts Calling for Heavy Rains, High Winds, Low Visibility and an Increasing Chance of Lightning Forced the Difficult Decision July 20, 2018 – (PORTLAND, Maine) – Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of the riders … Continue reading

 

Alternative Bike Route for Route 1 Yarmouth During Bridge Construction


As construction continues on the replacement of the Route 1 bridge that spans Main Street in Yarmouth, MaineDOT and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine are recommending an alternative route that takes bicyclists away from construction directly under the bridge. Bicyclists … Continue reading

 

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Names 2018 BikeMaine Grant Recipients


The Bicycle Coalition of Maine today announced Main Street Skowhegan, Mahoosuc Pathways, and Kingfield Trail Builders as the recipients of this year’s BikeMaine Grants, funded by the proceeds from the organization’s annual cycling tour, BikeMaine. “BikeMaine was conceived as an … Continue reading

 

2018 Maine Women’s Ride – Sunday, June 10, 2018 – Freeport, Maine


On Sunday, June 10, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine hosted the 2018 Maine Women’s Ride. The weather was fantastic. The rides were amazing. The food was great, and the power of nearly 600 women and girls riding en masse was … Continue reading

 

Maine Police to Target Drivers Who Put Cyclists, Pedestrians At Risk


WHO: Southern Maine Law Enforcement Agencies and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine WHAT: 2018 Vulnerable User Enforcement Day targeting drivers who put others at risk WHEN: Wednesday, June 13 WHERE: Various locations throughout southern Maine WHY: 2017 was a deadly year for pedestrians in Maine. … Continue reading

 

This will be the last year the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will host the Maine Women’s Ride and the Maine Lobster Ride


Perhaps you’ve heard that this is the last year that the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will hold the women’s ride. That is true. When we founded the Maine Women’s Ride 17 years ago, there were relatively few opportunities to participate … Continue reading

 

On Bike to Work Day, News Breaks That Maine Gov. Paul LePage Was Hit By a Car While Biking in Florida


When the news broke this morning that Gov. Paul LePage would need shoulder surgery because he’d been hit by a car while bicycling in Florida, our entire staff was out celebrating National Bike to Work Day, encouraging and supporting people … Continue reading