Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program
(grades 9-12 + adults)
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, in partnership with the Maine Department of Transportation, manages the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education (BPSE) Program. This federally funded initiative is dedicated to educating bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists through Bicycle Traffic Skill courses, work site presentations, collaboration with local law enforcement, assisting bike/ped committees, and distributing print and electronic educational resources. The Maine BPSE Program provides presentations and tools that teach people the basics of safe walking and bicycling in schools, at community events and other venues.
Presentations & Technical Assistance
- Presentations at Community Events and Meetings – Maine BPSE Program instructors are available to provide presentations about bicycle and pedestrian safety at community events, community meetings, conferences, luncheons, and other events.
- School Based Bicycle and Pedestrian Presentations – Interactive 40-50 minute presentations on bike/walk safety geared towards high school students.
- Worksite Bicycle Commuter Promotion – Worksite Bicycle presentations and technical assistance to businesses interested in promoting safe bicycling among employees for transit, recreation and wellness. The program is extremely flexible, and is designed to fit into your schedules, spaces and formats. Businesses can get up to three sessions and a mentored ride, or can just select the info that best suits their needs. Check out our Worksite Bicycle Program Content Outline for potential topics to choose from.
- Bike Law Presentations – The Maine BPSE Program offers presentations to law enforcement departments and other interested groups to review the traffic codes pertaining to bicycles in Maine. Additionally, this presentation provides an overview of our Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Presentation curriculum and can include modules presented by current law enforcement officers. Check out our new Law Enforcement Reference Guide and encourage your local officials to enforce laws that impact roadway safety with respect to bicyclists and motorists.
- Bike/Ped Committee Technical Assistance – For education and technical assistance to town staff, bike-pedestrian committees, interested residents and public works employees on the types of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs available to communities, and the processes involved in their planning and implementation, email Community Advocacy Coordinator Sam Herr at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our Community Spokes Online Toolkit.
- On-Bike Riding Instruction – The Maine BPSE Program can provide instructors who can help individuals and groups develop safe bicycle riding skills in fun, slow, and spandex-free on-bike classes.
Smart Cycling Program (Traffic Skills 101)
The League of American Bicyclists‘ Smart Cycling program gives you the tips, tools, and techniques to feel safe riding a bike in traffic, capable teaching others how to ride cautiously on their own, and confident sharing the road with motorists. Successful completion of Traffic Skills 101 is a prerequisite to becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) and is taught by certified LCIs. Traffic Skills 101 requires 4 hours of classroom work, 5 hours of on-bike training, and is offered on a as-needed basis. Fill out our Request Form to inquire about the next scheduled Traffic Skills 101 course.
Off Road Bicycle Education (ORBE) Program
Apply to the Off Road Bicycle Education (ORBE) Program – this program seeks to educate people on 1. How to operate mountain bikes in a safe and environmentally sensitive fashion, and 2. How to lay out and build sustainable, environmentally conscientious trails that serve the needs of hikers, runners, snowshoers and bicycle riders.
Bikes for All Mainers Program – Adult Earn-A-Bike
The Bikes for All Mainers Program is a partnership between the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the Portland Gear Hub, and the MaineDOT. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for adults who do not have financial access to bikes, are undocumented or recent American immigrants, or live in communities under served by public transportation to acquire basic bicycle mechanic skills, learn to bicycle safely on Maine roadways, volunteer in their communities, overcome some of their transportation challenges, and earn a refurbished bicycle. Click here to learn more and to apply to the Bikes for All Mainers Program.
Maine Biking Belles Wrench Night
A FREE monthly meet up and bike education program that aims to create a Safer Space for women, trans*, and femme (WTF) individuals to learn about bicycles and share their expertise in Portland’s biking community. On the third Tuesday of each month (March-November), WTF-identifying individuals gather for hands-on bike mechanics and safety presentations at the Portland Gear Hub. Stay tuned for spring 2017 dates!
Youth Education & Maine Safe Routes to School Program
For bicycle and pedestrian education and encouragement assistance for youth grades K-8, visit our Youth Education page.