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National Bike Month Events in Maine

May is National Bike Month! We’ll be celebrating all over the state with a number of events.

National Bike to School Day on May 4th. Register your event with the Maine Safe Routes to School Program to get promotional materials and incentives to support your event.  Here is a list of bike/walk to school events happening in May:

  • Auburn, The Walton School – Walk to School Day on May 4
  • Bangor, The Downeast School – Daily Walking School Bus to school starting April 25
  • Brunswick – Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School – Monthly Walk & Bike to School Days through the year
  • Cape Elizabeth – Pond Cove Elementary School – National Bike to School Day event on May 4
  • Ellsworth Elementary Middle School – K-12 Walk to School Day on May 4, Bike Rodeo in May & daily Walking School Bus on one route to school
  • Gorham, Village Elementary School – Walk to School Wednesdays
  • Lewiston – Geiger Elementary School – Bike to School Day on May 4
  • Norway, Guy E. Rowe Elementary School – Daily Walking School Bus on one route to school
  • Portland, East End Community School – Daily Walking School Bus on two routes to school
  • Scarborough Middle School – Bike & Walk to School Day on May 4
  • South Portland, Memorial Middle School – Walk & Bike to School Day on May 4
  • Topsham – Woodside Elementary School – Holding weekly Walk & Bike to School Days on Thursdays this spring; All-School Walking School Bus on June 2
  • Warren Community School – Walk to School Fridays this Spring
  • York, Village Elementary – Weekly Walk to School Days on Wednesdays all spring

A number of bicycle education rodeos will be taking place in May.

  • 5/7 (rain 5/14), Bangor (10-noon) –  Walk and Roll @ Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse
  • 5/14/2016, Ellsworth – Ellsworth Elementary Middle School
  • 5/15/2016, Lewiston & New Gloucester (10-12 & 2-4) – Dempsey Challenge @ Norway Savings Bank Arena & Pineland YMCA
  • 5/21/2016, Waterville (9-11am) – South End Neighborhood Association
  • 5/21/2016, Guilford (10-noon) –  Guilford Elementary School
  • 5/22/2016, Portland (11-1pm) – Ocean Avenue Elementary School
  • 5/28/2016, Deer Isle (2-4pm) – Deer Isle Stonington Elementary School
  • 5/28/2016, South Portland (10-noon) – Kaler Elementary School
 

Pedal to the Park Sundays at Hadlock Field (WCSH6 – Video)

This article originally appeared on WCSH6.

 

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A new partnership between the Portland Sea Dogs and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine launched Sunday called “Pedal to the Park on Sundays,” which offers incentives to people who ride their bike to games at Hadlock Field.The Coalition offered a free bike valet. Riders bring their bike to the bike parking lot right next to the main gate and check in with a Coalition volunteer. Riders receive a wristband with a number that matches one put on the rider’s bicycle, similar to a car valet or coat check.”Take advantage of it. You don’t have to pay to park. You just come right in, check in your bike, work with the volunteers, enjoy the game and go home,” said Dennis Meehan, executive director of sales for the Portland Sea Dogs. “It’s also a unique experience. You get active outdoors, you get to do something with the family, you also get an opportunity to be environmentally conscious.”

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Community Spokes Webinar: Boosting Bicycle Tourism in Maine

Community Spokes Webinar – Boosting Bicycle Tourism in Maine
April 13 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What is bicycle tourism and how can it help boost Maine’s economy? How can Maine communities, businesses and individuals encourage and promote more bike tourism throughout the state? On today’s call, we’ll hear from Ginny Sullivan from the Adventure Cycling Association about how advocates can highlight the economic benefits of bicycle tourism and how communities can become bike-tourism friendly. Next we’ll hear from Scott Bricker from Travel Oregon and the Oregon Tourism Commission about Travel Oregon’s Bike Tourism Friendly Business program and other ways the agency promotes bike tourism there.

Featured Speakers:

  • Ginny Sullivan – Adventure Cycling Association
  • Scott Bricker – Travel Oregon

Additional Resources:

  • A recording of today’s call is available HERE (Part 1) and HERE (Part 2)
  • Building Bicycle Tourism Tips Sheet from the Adventure Cycling Association is HERE
  • The slides from this call area available for download HERE
 

The Great Maine Bike Swap’s season kickoff (Fox23 Bangor)

This article originally appeared on FoxBangor.com

ORONO – With the weather warming up this might be the perfect time to go buy an affordable bike.

People in the Bangor Area had the opportunity to buy used bikes at the uUniversity of Maine over the weekend.

Prices depended on the value of the bicycles. A chance to find a new bike and also a chance for people to get rid of bikes that are no longer needed.

“They’re just trying to get bikes out of their garage they’ll price their bikes really competitively or they may not know necessarily how much their bike is worth. So you can find some real awesome deals. But we also have people are really experienced that want to sell their bikes but also want to make some money off of it.” said Outreach and Education specialists Bridgette Kelly.

The event was held at the school’s recreation center.

Students attending UMaine had free admission to the event.

 

Great Maine Bike Swap held at UMaine Loading (WLBZ 2 – Video)

This story originally appeared on WLBZ2.com

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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Cyclists trying to bike on a budget this spring could trade their old bike for a new one in Orono.

The 16th annual Great Maine Bike Swap came to the University of Maine’s campus this year.

More than 400 bikes were up for grabs. Prices ranged from the hundreds to just $40.

The event is put on annually by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, who says the goal of the event is to promote bike and pedestrian safety, along with getting more bikes into the community.

“The mission really is to get affordable bikes into the hands of Mainers. Our mission at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine is to make Maine better for bicycling and walking and a part of that is definitely making sure that people who don’t usually have access to bikes have access to them and so this event is just one way in which we’re able to drive that mission forward,” said Bridgette Kelly, outreach and education specialist for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

Another bike swap event will be held May 1st in Portland.

 

 

2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program

2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program

Due April 15, 2016
The Aetna Foundation is seeking Requests for Proposals to fund projects that support communities’ efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play, and pray. This program will support projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. Applicants can request a total grant amount of either $50,000 or $100,000 for the entire project period lasting between 18 and 24 months. The five focus areas are:

  • Healthy Behaviors
  • Community Safety
  • Built Environment
  • Social/Economic Factors
  • Environmental Exposures

For more information, visit the 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program website.

 

Coastal grants available for municipal and regional projects

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program announced that it is seeking applications for a new round of coastal grants for FY 2017. The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone.

  • This is a planning assistance program only. Funds may be used for planning, development of regulatory and non-regulatory policies and programs, project implementation, outreach and education.
  • Towns have used this program in the past to fund pedestrian trails that increase access to coastal areas.
  • For example, the Town of Yarmouth was awarded funding in 2012 to undertake a feasibility study to identify opportunities for reestablishing pedestrian connections between Main Street, Town Landing and the marinas.
  • Funds are not available for land acquisition or construction.
  • This program awards $185,000 in funding each year; maximum award is $50,000
  • Eligible entities include towns in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government.
  • You can access the list and a map of eligible coastal communities HERE.

The two types of available grants covered by this announcement are Coastal Communities Grants and Shore and Harbor Management Grants. Funding for these technical assistance grants comes from Maine Coastal Program’s annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as well as the Submerged Lands Program within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The Coastal Communities grants have a maximum award of $100,000, while the Shore and Harbor grant have a maximum award of $30,000. Those eligible to apply include communities in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government.

Grant applications are due Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Coastal Communities Grant Program

Eligible projects must be designed to improve water quality, increase resiliency/adaptation to erosion and flooding, conserve coastal habitat, promote sustainable development, and enhance the coastal-dependent economy while preserving natural coastal resources. This program is designed to address the following goals of the Maine Coastal Program:

  • Ensuring Sustainable, Vibrant Coastal Communities
  • Addressing the effects of land use activity on water quality
  • Restoring Coastal Habitats
  • Preparing for coastal storms, erosion and flooding, coastal hazards

Shore and Harbor Planning Grants

Shore and Harbor Technical Assistance Grants promote sound waterfront planning and harbor management, balanced development of shore and harbor areas, advance planning for waterfront infrastructure improvements and access to the shore. Funds may be used for development of plans for waterfront, harbor, and mooring areas; development of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to waterfront conservation and improvement; development of planning studies for public and working access; development of plans and designs for harbor improvements; and development of management plans for municipal waterfront facilities.

The Maine Coastal Program

Created in 1978, the Maine Coastal Program is a federal, state, local partnership under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 and one of 34 coastal programs nationwide. Maine’s program is a collaborative program that works in partnership with other state agencies, municipalities, regional and other organizations, with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry serving as the lead agency.  The Maine Coastal Program works with its partners toward a healthy coast and vibrant coastal communities.

 

Press Release: Man on bicycle killed in Lisbon, Advocacy organization investigating

Contact:

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

Man on bicycle killed in Lisbon,
Advocacy organization investigating

April 1, 2016 – Lisbon, ME – As the state’s leading group promoting bicycling and walking safety, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine routinely monitors crash reports for incidents that involve bicyclists or pedestrians. The Coalition regrets to hear of a bicyclist killed in Lisbon on March 31st and extends its condolences.

Joseph Lamothe, 34, of Lisbon, was struck and killed as he rode his bicycle through Lisbon. This is already the fifth fatality of a person walking or on a bike in Maine this year. This death comes after a year in which a record 19 people were killed on Maine’s roadways while walking. While no bicyclists were killed in 2015, this crash is a sad reminder that speed can kill. Lamothe was killed in the vicinity of 173 Lisbon St. (State Route 196) where the posted speed limit is 45mph. A person on foot has only a 10% chance of being killed when in a crash with a car at a speed of 23 mph. The likelihood increases to 75% when the person is in a crash with a car traveling at 50mph.

This latest incident again highlights the need 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. This incident is also a reminder for all pedestrians and bicycles to use extra care to be visible, especially when walking or biking after dark, and to follow best practices and law for roadway safety.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will continue to monitor the circumstances surrounding these cases in search of information that will improve roadway safety for all users.

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

 

Public Comment: Scarborough Pine Point Road Complete Streets Improvements Proposal

March 22, 2016

Summary Statement

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization that works to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support well-designed development and streets that create environments that are safe and welcoming for those traveling on foot or bike.  We are writing to express general support for improvements to Pine Point Road that will enhance bicycle access and safety, and to recommend minor changes that will further extend those enhancements.

Project Discussion

In an informal discussion with Dan Bacon, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine learned of plans to add bicycle lanes to Pine Point Road.  In the course of that conversation, we learned that the plan was to use 11 ft traffic lanes with one 4 and one 5 ft bike lane on each side of the street. While we in general support the addition of the bicycle facilities, we feel that Scarborough should take this opportunity to narrow the travel lanes to 10 or 10.5 feet and to create bike lanes of a consistent width of 5 ft.

FHWA has ample documentation of the benefits of narrower lane widths for speed limit compliance without decreases in safety, and they also note that narrower lanes creates space for other users.  They recommend that striping reconfigurations be considered in all resurfacing projects, but their comments are germane to any re-striping or lane reconfiguration project.   We refer you to the FHWA publication accessible here: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/resurfacing/page03.cfm

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss our concerns in more detail.  Again, thank you for the opportunity to comment.

James C. Tassé

Assistant Director

Bicycle Coalition of Maine

 

Press Release: BikeMaine Weeklong Cycling Ride Announces Early Sellout

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact:

Brian Allenby
Communications Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
207-623-4511 x104
brian@bikemaine.org
34 Preble St. Portland, ME 04101

BikeMaine Weeklong Cycling Ride
Announces Early Sellout

Portland, ME, March 10, 2016 – The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is proud to announce that BikeMaine 2016 has sold out in record time.  This is the soonest the event has filled in the four-year history of the weeklong September ride. Four hundred cyclists will be at the start on Schoodic Point on September 10 for the 350-mile adventure. BikeMaine is the largest 7-day ride in the northeastern United States and is modeled after successful rides in other parts of the country. This years’ ride will have riders from thirty-five states and a half dozen countries.

“We are thrilled to sellout the BikeMaine event before the end of winter,” said Zach Schmesser, Coalition Events Director. “Every year we have endeavored to carefully grow BikeMaine while maintaining a ride that has garnered sterling reviews from participants. We are thrilled that the reputation of our ride and the great cycling found in Maine has resulted in our earliest sellout ever,” continued Schmesser. “Especially exciting for us was our ability to nearly double the number of in-state participants, in part because we are traveling to a part of the state that is less familiar to Mainers.”

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