Advocacy News

Play Everywhere Challenge

Grant Applications are Due May 31 KaBOOM! is excited to announce the launch of the Play Everywhere Challenge, a national competition that will award $1 million in prizes for the best ideas that make cities more playable for kids and families. The Challenge is … Continue reading


Grants and Community Recreation Program – 2017 Awards Now Open

The Grants and Community Recreation Program within the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is pleased to announce that the application period is now officially open for the 2017 grant awards. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established to assist … Continue reading


How to make Lewiston-Auburn safer for crossing the street (L/A Sun Journal)

This article originally appeared on Amanda Cullen, Staff Writer Lewiston-Auburn | Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:32 pm LEWISTON — More sidewalks and better bike paths were among the solutions to problems with pedestrian travel offered by the Bicycle Coalition of … Continue reading


Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) – Transportation Alternatives Program

The MaineDOT funds large comprehensive road projects that can include bicycle and pedestrian elements like bike lanes and crosswalks through a variety of state and federal sources. But MaineDOT funding for stand-alone bicycle and pedestrian project like a separate sidewalk construction project … Continue reading


Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program

Each year the State of Maine Office of Community Development receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be distributed to eligible Maine communities under the Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program. Some of these funds can be used for … Continue reading


Regional Councils of Government (COGs)

All organized towns in Maine are part of a Council of Governments, or COG. COGs also serve as the Regional Planning Organizations for their member towns. These regional entities can sometimes provide funding or technical assistance to municipalities that want … Continue reading


Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs)

Maine’s four urbanized areas (Portland area, Bangor area, Kittery area, and greater Lewiston-Auburn) are part of Metropolitan Planning Organizations or MPOs. If your community is part of the MPO region it is eligible for planning and construction money through that entity. … Continue reading


Mayor Brennan Accepts U.S. Transportation Secretary’s Challenge

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan recently accepted the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s ‘Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets’ effort, which challenges city leaders to raise the bar for bicyclist and pedestrian safety. The Bicycle Coalition of … Continue reading


Public Comment on Bangor Waterfront Master Plan

Summary Statement The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization working to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support the creation of well-designed bicycle and pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks, crosswalks, multi-use paths, and bike lanes, wherever … Continue reading


Maine Cycling Club Supports Bicycle Safety in Lewiston/Auburn

We’re happy to share this Guest Post from Joe Pelliccia, A Bicycle Coalition of Maine Community Spoke and Board Member of the Maine Cycling Club, based in Auburn.