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The Coalition is Hiring!

Bookkeeper/Contracts & Grants Administrator

Job Description:

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is looking for a highly motivated individual who shares our values and vision to fill a new 20 hour per week position to manage all aspects of the financial management of our growing organization. Located in Portland, Maine, with a $1.3 million budget and a 10 person staff, the Coalition has been working to make Maine better for bicycling since 1992.  We are a dynamic not-for-profit organization that is looking for an individual who can provide accurate recordkeeping of all financial transactions, prepare financial data in a usable format, manage and allocate funds from a variety of contracts and grants and work effectively in a collaborative team environment.

Principal Accountabilities:

General Accounting and Bookkeeping (50%)

  • Perform all accounting functions, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, General Ledger entry and review, journal entries, account reconciliations (including monthly bank reconciliations) and chart of accounts maintenance.
  • Responsible for cash management and transfers.
  • Responsible for cash receipts and oversight of bank deposits.
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements and supporting analysis.
  • Responsible for all year-end processing (including 1099 preparation), journal entries and closing.
  • Coordinate with accounting firm in preparation of annual financial statements and tax return (form 990); prepare any required reporting or tax worksheets.

Contract and Grant Administration (20%)

  • Develop database to track grants and contracts, and to ensure accurate accounting and reporting procedures.
  • Prepare monthly contract invoices and compile all required supporting information.
  • Responsible for basic administration of contracts, including follow-up on contract accounts receivable.
  • Monitor contract and grant budgets and provide monthly budget to actual reports for program managers.
  • Assist in development of new contractand grant
  • Ensure compliance with all foundation, local, state, and funding reporting requirements.
  • Communicate with and serve as resource to staff in resolution of contract and grant needs and issues.

Payroll and Human Resources (10%)

  • Oversee bi-weekly timesheet process.
  • Provide time reports and analysis using Harvest time-tracking software.
  • Calculate and produce bi-monthly payroll.
  • Oversee BCM employee benefits program, including vacation accruals.

General Finance and Operations (20%)

  • Help prepare and maintain the annual budget.
  • Calculate variances from the budget and report significant issues to management.
  • Oversee BCM insurance program
  • Research and make recommendations for cost savings.
  • Provide financial and administrative support to management as requested.

Desired Qualifications:

The Bookkeeper/Contract & Grants Administrator candidate should have, at minimum, an Associate’s degree in accounting or business administration, as well as at least 3 years of progressively responsible experience in bookkeeping, accounting and financial administration. Not-for- profit accounting experience is a plus. Candidate must have demonstrated proficiency with QuickBooks (preferably the on-line version), MS Office, especially Excel, and Google applications.

Candidate must be a self-starter and will be expected to identify and develop systems and strategies to optimize bookkeeping, accounting and contracts and grants administration. BCM  looks for team-spirited people with outgoing and friendly personalities, demonstrated professionalism and tact in communications with a diversity of individuals, strong organizational and time management skills, excellent attention to detail and an interest in bicycling and or/pedestrian activities and issues.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Salary:  based on education and experience

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and a list of 3 references, including contact information, to jobs@bikemaine.org.

Deadline to apply is April 8, 2015 at 5:00pm EST.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is an Equal Opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace.

 

City’s K-8 school set to launch “Walking School Bus” program (Ellsworth American)

This article originally appeared on ellsworthamerican.com

January 26, 2015 by Steve Fuller

ELLSWORTH — The city’s K-8 school was recently awarded funding to start a program that encourages students to walk to and from school, rather than take the bus.

The $5,000 grant comes from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, which works with both the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention and Maine Department of Transportation on what is known as the “Walking School Bus” program.

On the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School Facebook page, officials reported that the school “will be forming safe routes, training volunteers and encouraging students that live within walking distance to join a walking school bus in their neighborhood.” Students who participate also will receive rewards.

Dave Norwood, the K-4 physical education teacher at EEMS and the coordinator for the school’s Walking School Bus program, said in an email that the walking distance is defined as “within a one-mile radius” of the school.

The school said that “each walking school bus will be led by adult volunteers.”

A meeting on the subject of the Walking School Bus program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at EEMS. Parents and interested community members are invited to attend.

A representative from the Bicycle Coalition will be there to answer questions and gather feedback from those in attendance.

For more information, contact Norwood via email at dnorwood@ellsworthschools.org, or call the school at 667-6241.

 

Norway to start ‘Walking School Bus’ program at elementary school (Oxford Hills Sun Journal)

This article originally appeared on SunJournal.com

Leslie H. Dixon. Staff Writer
Oxford Hills | Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm
PARIS — Roughly 120 of the approximately 475 students at Rowe Elementary School may become part of a pilot Walking School Bus program in April.

The program is a national model that was developed to allow children to regularly walk safely to school with trained supervision. Portland was the first Maine school district to embrace the model, which is targeted at elementary age children as young as kindergartners.

“It just made sense,” Rowe Elementary School Principal Dan Hart said Wednesday. The program is for students who live between Whitman and Alpine streets in the downtown. The area seemed a natural fit for the program because of the existing sidewalks and its proximity to the police station, fire department and other resources. Continue reading

 

14 Maine Bicyclists and Pedestrians Lose Their Lives in 2014 (Press Release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Brian Allenby
Communication Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
207.623.4511 (office)
207.252.8688 (direct)
brian@bikemaine.org
bikemaine.org

14 Maine Bicyclists and Pedestrians Lose Their Lives in 2014

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Monitoring Latest Bicycle / Pedestrian Crash Data 

January 13, 2015 – Portland ME – Recent MaineDOT data shows that 14 bicyclists and pedestrians were killed in Maine in 2014.  Of these fatalities, 12 were pedestrians and two were killed while riding bicycles.  Additionally, half of the victims were either seniors or under the age of 18.  As the state’s leading organization promoting bicycling and walking safety, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine routinely monitors crash reports for incidents that involve bicyclists or pedestrians.

In addition to the most recent 2014 data, MaineDOT recently released a detailed analysis of crash data from 2009-2013. The MaineDOT’s report shows a clear need for increased safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Highlights of the report include:

  • Over 34% of pedestrian crashes and over 37% of bicycle crashes took place between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Over 70% of crashes took place in clear weather with dry road conditions.
  • Crashes involving bicycles were more than five times more likely to occur during daylight hours.
  • Males were over three times more likely to be involved in a bicycle crash than females

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine works with partners like the MaineDOT to use this data to shape more effective policies, programming and infrastructure projects.  By tracking all crashes involving bicyclists, pedestrians, other vulnerable users and motor vehicles, the Coalition is working to improve the safety of everyone on the road.

“The death of any bicyclist or pedestrian is cause for alarm,” said Nancy Grant, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “We will continue to work to make our roads safer for users of all types, striving for a day that we can report zero fatalities.”

The most recent fatality occurred in Glenburn on December 14th, when a pedestrian was killed while crossing the street to retrieve her mail. This incident is a reminder for all motorists to be alert for other users at all times and places, to obey local speed limits, and never to drive distracted or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. It also highlights the need for walkers and bicycles to use extra care to be visible, and to follow best practices and law for roadway safety.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will continue to monitor the circumstances surrounding all cases in which bicyclists or pedestrians are killed, searching for information and solutions that will improve safety on the road for anyone traveling on foot, bike, and in a vehicle.

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Click here to download a PDF of the complete MaineDOT report.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement. We support biking for health, transportation, and recreation. For more information: bikemaine.org.

 

14 bicyclists and pedestrians lose their lives in 2014 (WCSH6)

This article originally appeared on WCSH6.com

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Recent MaineDOT data shows that 14 bicyclists and pedestrians were killed in Maine in 2014. Of these fatalities, 12 were pedestrians and two were killed while riding bicycles. Additionally, half of the victims were either seniors or under the age of 18.

As the state’s leading organization promoting bicycling and walking safety, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine routinely monitors crash reports for incidents that involve bicyclists or pedestrians.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine works with partners like the MaineDOT to use this data to shape more effective policies, programming and infrastructure projects. By tracking all crashes involving bicyclists, pedestrians, other vulnerable users and motor vehicles, the Coalition is working to improve the safety of everyone on the road.

“The death of any bicyclist or pedestrian is cause for alarm,” said Nancy Grant, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “We will continue to work to make our roads safer for users of all types, striving for a day that we can report zero fatalities.”

 

Maine Had 14 Biking and Pedestrian Deaths in 2014 (MPBN)

This article originally appeared on MPBN.net

 

Fourteen people in Maine lost their lives while biking and walking in 2014.

“And it’s a sad reality, but we think it is important for folks to know,” says Brian Allenby, of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

Allenby says the latest Maine DOT data show that half of the victims were either seniors or under the age of 18, with 70 percent of fatalities occurring in clear weather where road conditions were not a factor.

Allenby says bicyclists and pedestrians need to do everything possible to ensure that they’re visible to motorists. And drivers, he says, need to expect the unexpected.

“I know it’s hard ask to say, ‘Anticipate the unexpected,’ ” he says, “but it really just takes that speed down a little bit, and really try to be conscious of the fact that there might be other folks using the road, especially around dusk or nighttime.”

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BikeMaine 2014 generated $395,000 for local communities (Lewiston Sun Journal)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PORTLAND —  The second annual BikeMaine seven-day bicycle ride contributed an estimated $395,000 in direct economic benefits to the communities along its route.

The ride, produced by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, attracted 258 participants from more than 38 states, provinces and countries. Cyclists pedaled 350 miles from September 7 to 13 and stayed overnight in the communities of Westbrook, Norway, Winthrop, Gardiner, Boothbay Harbor and Bath before returning to finish with a farewell luncheon on the IDEXX campus in Westbrook.

“Having 300 BikeMaine riders and volunteers in town provided a tremendous financial boost to our shops, restaurants and inns during what’s normally a quiet weekday in September,” said Boothbay Harbor’s town manager, Tom Woodin. “The event provided numerous opportunities for Boothbay Harbor’s merchants. Local service organizations were able to raise much needed funds as well. It was a big win for the community.”

After completing each day’s ride, cyclists camped in a mobile BikeMaine village, erected in community parks or athletic fields, and enjoyed meals featuring local foods provided by area service organizations.

Entertainment was provided each evening, featuring some of Maine’s best bands and comedy performers. Whenever possible, ride organizers bought food from Maine farms and lobstermen, highlighted Maine products, and secured local services.

In addition to the products and services procured by BikeMaine in each community, participants spent, on average, more than $1,000 per rider during the week on food, lodging, shopping and transportation. More than 63 percent of riders were from out of state.

The ride also generated funds for local nonprofit organizations. Riders and volunteers contributed over $2,500 to benefit groups like the Westbrook Community Center, the YMCA Camp of Maine, and The Nature Conservancy, and BikeMaine donated unused food supplies to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

“Our goal this year was to build on the incredible success of our inaugural ride,” said Nancy Grant, Bicycle Coalition executive director. “Through BikeMaine, we give back to local communities, bringing bicycle tourism to parts of the state that don’t often see many cyclists.”

Along with the 258 riders, 48 weeklong volunteers, more than 250 local community day volunteers, and seven Bicycle Coalition of Maine staff members participated in the event.

Planning for the 2015 BikeMaine ride, which is slated for September 12-19, is already underway. The 2015 route will be announced on Feb. 4. Registration for BikeMaine 2015 is open at ride.bikemaine.org.

 

Maine Supreme Court upholds $750K award to victim of bicycle accident (BDN)

This article was originally posted on bangordailynews.com.

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 17, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld a $750,000 award to the victim of a 2010 bicycle accident and in the process clarified motorists in Maine are liable for cyclists’ safety.

Monica Semian, a Romanian exchange student, was living and working in Ogunquit during the summer of 2010. On Sept. 9 of that year, Semian, who was then 20 years old, was riding her bicycle when she collided with a school bus owned by Ledgemere Transportation that was making a right-hand turn at an intersection on Route 1. Semian, who was riding alongside the bus through the intersection, was run over and severely injured, resulting in a number of surgeries and medical bills topping $200,000, according to a press release from her attorneys.

According to Maine law, motorists passing bicyclists or roller skiers “shall exercise due care by leaving a distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle or roller skier of not less than three feet” and “may pass a bicycle or roller skier traveling in the same direction in a no-passing zone only when it is safe to do so.”

The case was the subject of a five-day trial in September and October of 2013. A York County Superior Court Jury awarded Semian $750,000 after having reduced the plaintiff’s request from $1 million because she admitted some wrongdoing in the accident, but the bus company appealed the decision. Ledgemere, citing another lawthat says bicyclists can proceed to the right of traffic except “when proceeding straight in a place where right turns are permitted,” argued Semian assumed liability and risk when she passed the bus on the right at an intersection. The trial court concluded the statute was inapplicable, according to the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“We conclude that [state law] by itself does not insulate a motorist from liability under these circumstances,” wrote Justice Jeffrey Hjelm, who also stated the portion of law in question is “ambiguous” because it addresses cyclists’ conduct and not liability issues.

David Kreisler, one of Semian’s attorneys, said that in addition to securing just compensation for his client, the Supreme Court decision was a win for bicyclists in Maine.

“Today’s decision is a victory for my client and for bicyclists throughout Maine,” said Kreisler in a written statement. “Sharing the road means paying attention to bicyclists.”

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine participated in the case by filing a statement in support of Semian. James Tasse, the coalition’s assistant director, praised the court’s decision.

“This decision clarifies bicyclists’ and motorists’ rights and duties and should improve road safety,” he said in a written statement.

Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.

 

Paving plan well received (Times Record)

MDOT officials attend meeting in Woolwich
BY DARCIE MOORE Times Record Staff

After hearing a presentation Monday night on the Maine Department of Transportation’s plans to mill and pave a section of Route 1 next summer, town officials — and bicycle and pedestrian advocates — expressed their overall satisfaction with the plan.

In particular, Woolwich selectmen were reassured the MDOT had scheduled time to monitor a new striping configuration that would merge northbound traffic into a single lane near the Route 127 intersection. That way, if there are problems, the striping can be adjusted when the final layer of pavement goes down.

The MDOT plans to mill, fill and pave a 0.71-mile section of Route 1 in Woolwich from the Route 127intersection north to the bridge over Back River Creek. Woolwich selectmen sent a letter to MDOT asking them to do an analysis of whether restriping could improve bicyclist safety and calm traffic. MDOT also received a petition with more than 75 signatures asking MDOT to look at increasing pedestrian and bicyclist safety as well as calming traffic.

Shawn Smith, project manager with MDOT’s Highway Program, said the railroad crossing beneath the Arrowsic ramps needs to be rebuilt, which will probably involve a five-day shutdown.

There are 24,940 vehicles on an annual average daily basis coming off the Sagadahoc Bridge into Woolwich; that number drops to 18,380 north of the Route 127 and Hall Road intersection.

Smith said the MDOT’s best option right now is to extend the one-lane section of the northbound travel lane to just south of the Hall Road, “so essentially what we are gong to do is merge two into one, prior to where (Route) 127 breaks off and heads toward Dresden. So we’re going to try to use coming off the bridge, down the hill, as our merge area into one lane, have everybody into one lane through the intersection as you head north on Route 1.”

The MDOT wants to give drivers enough time and signage to understand as they come over the bridge, past the Dairy Queen and down the hill that the lanes drop from two to one, so they can safely merge.

“That allows us to have a 4-foot shoulder all the way through until the end of the project just beyond the Taste of Maine, at least,” Smith said.

The shoulders may be 5 feet in some areas.

Where MDOT has clocked vehicles leaving the Sagadahoc Bridge driving an average of 44 miles per hour, the merge is also expected to slow traffic. Whether the traffic change can accommodate the Bath Iron Works “race” of drivers at certain times of the day was also discussed, and the impact of vehicles exiting the BIW parking lot by Taste of Maine.

The other option Smith noted is to place the merge on the north side of Route 127. However, the goal is to evaluate how the first option works.

The MDOT also plans to enhance the island where Route 127 comes out onto Route 1, which makes traffic there stay in its lane and provide more protection as vehicles merge onto Route 1. There would be a new crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists which would put bicyclists back onto the paved shoulder on the inside of the merge.

The anticipated timeline currently is to advertise for bids in late February or early March. The railroad crossing work on the ramps is hoped to be done by Memorial Day. The rest of the work is weather dependent and will be done at night, from 6 or 7 p.m. to around 6 a.m. Everything to the shim course should be done by mid-June — and would be striped with the new merge configuration. The rest of June, until August, MDOT would monitor the striping change. The final layer of pavement is expected after Labor Day.

Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry said signs will be the educational component of the project, noting the diagram-style signs showing lanes work well, and urged MDOT use more than a small yellow merge sign to alert drivers. Merry said he hopes the department will get feedback on its signage.

“I am excited that we are going to do this on a trial period basis,” said Woolwich Selectman Jason Shaw said, adding it gives him some reassurance.

He expressed a major concern about the extra width on the bridge beyond the Taste of Maine, the last point where drivers try to get ahead of other vehicles. That is something Smith said his team will look at.

Abby King from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine commended the MDOT for using this project as an opportunity to implement its Complete Streets policy; and the community for coming together and participating in the transportation planning process.

Smith said he would expect to attend a Woolwich Board of Selectmen meeting with updates at some point after crews start the work.

 

Maine high court upholds $750,000 award to bicyclist hit by school bus (PPH)

The Supreme Judicial Court rejected an appeal by the bus company seeking to overturn last year’s jury verdict in favor of Romanian student Monica Semian.

BY SCOTT DOLAN STAFF WRITER

sdolan@pressherald.com | @scottddolan | 207-791-6304

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a $750,000 judgment awarded to a Romanian college student who was run over by a school bus in 2010 while riding a bicycle in Ogunquit.

The state’s high court, in a 7-0 decision Tuesday, rejected an appeal by Ledgemere Transportation Inc. arguing that the bicyclist should be considered liable because she rode past the bus on the right.

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