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Super Raffle Winners Selected!

The Super Raffle Winners have been chosen! Five lucky winners were selected at our Kick-Off Party and here they are:

  • Grand Prize: Bicycling Trip of a lifetime to Spain donated by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations – Tom Mackie (Ashburn, VA)
  • Runner Up Prize: BikeMaine 2016 Registration – Cindy Andrews (Cumberland Foreside, ME)
  • 3rd prize: Trek Road Bike donated by Cyclemania – Scott Wellman (Dover-Foxcroft, ME)
  • 4th prize: Thule Roof or Rear Bike Rack donated by Rainbow Bicycle – Chris Beneman (Scarborough, ME)
  • 5th prize: Coalition Team Kit & Swag Bag – Christopher Dunn (Portland, ME)

Thank you to everyone who took part!

 

BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Brian Allenby
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Communications Director
207.252-8688
brian@bikemaine.com 

BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

Bicycle tour has brought over $1.0 million to Maine

Portland, ME, February 4, 2016 – On Thursday night, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine revealed the route and host communities of the fourth annual BikeMaine tour. The week-long ride will cover 350 miles along the “Bold Coast” of Maine, exploring Washington and Hancock Counties. The event will take place from September 10-17, 2016 and allows riders to explore the people, places, culture, and food of Maine. In the past three years, BikeMaine has delivered over $1 million in direct economic impact to different regions of the state through rider spending as well as the sourcing of local products and services for the ride.

Each year, BikeMaine chooses a different route and a new part of the state to explore. Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Nancy Grant offered, “We are incredibly excited to explore yet another amazing region of our state on two wheels. Leveraging the power of bicycling to drive awareness and economic growth is a core part of the Coalition’s mission.”

BikeMaine 2016 will showcase communities along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway, which extends across Washington and Hancock Counties. BikeMaine perfectly aligns with a years-long regional effort to shine light on the unique and little-known natural and cultural assets that characterize this region. The Coalition is collaborating with Washington County Council of Governments and Bold Coast communities to turn BikeMaine 2016 into a sustainable, permanent bike route after the September 2016 event is over. Continue reading

 

Join Us For the 2016 Kick-Off Party!

Join us as we celebrate another year of bicycling with some great company, delicious food, a cash bar, and an action packed program featuring:

6:00pm – Coalition Award Presentations
6:20pm – BikeMaine 2016 Route Announcement
6:45pm – 2016 Super Raffle Drawing

Please RSVP at http://bikemaine.org/kickoff. This is going to be the bicycle party of the year and you won’t want to miss it!

Thursday, February 4, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
General Bryant E. Moore Community & Conference Center
5 General Moore Way, Ellsworth, Maine 04605

 

 

Media Advisory: Bicycle Coalition of Maine Watching Latest Pedestrian Crash in Farmington

January 4, 2016 – Portland, 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 another pedestrian killed inFarmington on January 1st, and extends its condolences.

Taylor Gaboury, of Wilton, was walking on Wilton Road when she was struck and killed by Tommy Clark, of Industry, who has been arrested on a felony charge of aggravated operating under the influence of alcohol. We are particularly regretful that the trend of pedestrian fatalities has carried over into the New Year so soon. This first fatality in 2016 comes after a year in which a record 18 people were killed on Maine’s roadways while walking.

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 Coalition is Hiring!

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Office Administrator Job Description

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine seeks a part-time (20 hours/week) office administrator to join its team at its Portland headquarters. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to make Maine better for bicycling and walking–through legislation, advocacy, enforcement, education and encouragement.

Office Administrator duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Office management tasks, such as reception duties, answering the phone, processing mail, ordering supplies, overseeing office equipment, maintaining office organization
  • Bookkeeping assistance to include processing checks, printing checks, filing invoices and receipts, making bank deposits, and communicating with the BCM’s accountant
  • Processing incoming membership renewals and new memberships, generating thank-you letters, and orchestrating monthly membership renewal mailings
  • Administrative support to nine full-time and two part-time staff
  • Assistance with supporting the BCM’s five major events as well as other smaller events and meetings throughout the year
  • Mailing educational materials to schools and instructors
  • Managing the Coalition merchandise: inventory of merchandise, processing and shipping orders, ordering additional merchandise

The ideal candidate would be enthusiastic about making Maine better for bicycling and walking. Candidates should demonstrate exceptional communications and customer service skills, be organized and able to multi-task, be a motivated self-starter as well as a team player, and a have a strong desire to learn and grow in a professional environment.

Skills required:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good written and oral communications skills
  • Strong customer/member service skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple priorities
  • Strong computer and internet literacy
  • Maintain a current, valid driver’s license
  • Ability to carry 40 lbs
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office, Google applications and databases
  • Ability to follow both written and oral instructions
  • Associate’s degree, (bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • 1-2 years work experience in an office environment preferred

How to apply: Please send resume, cover letter and names and contact information of 3 references to: Liz Hall, Development Director, jobs@bikemaine.org. The application deadline is January 18th.

 

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 Maine brought together partners from the Federal Highway Administration, The City of Portland, and the Portland Bike/Ped Advisory Committee to work together on the Mayor’s Challenge. We will be serving on the Mayor’s Challenge Team where we will be focused on helping make the City’s Complete Streets Policy vision a reality.

Click Here to Read the City of Portland’ Press Release

 

The Coalition is Hiring!

Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Event Coordinator

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is seeking an experienced Event Coordinator who will support our staff on the logistics and marketing of each of our five major events.  Events include: two Great Maine Bike Swaps in Orono and Portland in April; the Maine Women’s Ride in June; the Maine Lobster Ride in July; and, the weeklong BikeMaine event in September.

The position will include 4 primary duties:

Event Coordination – 65%

  • Coordination of event logistics
  • Supporting event project managers on all logistics and details of each major Bicycle Coalition of Maine event: the two Great Maine Bike Swaps; the Maine Women’s Ride; the Maine Lobster Ride; and, BikeMaine.
    • Contacting vendors for quotes and availability for facility use, safety services, security, food, infrastructure, etc., for each event. Maintain contracts and communications regarding payments, insurance, route logistics, etc.
    • Purchasing or renting necessary event equipment, shuttles and transportation
    • Ordering and maintaining inventory of all merchandise for each event.
    • Ordering and maintaining inventory of all event supplies
    • Continuously reviewing, (with the Coalition’s Event Team), processes and procedures to refine and improve events.
  • Management of Event Registrations
  • Setting up and managing event registration processes
  • Tracking event registrations and reporting on progress of goals
  • Providing customer support for prospective and registered event participants, sponsors and vendors.
  • Assistance with the design and documentation of routes for Women’s Ride, Lobster Ride and BikeMaine

Writer/Editor and Marketing – 20%

  • Assisting in the implementation of the marketing plan for each of the events.
  • Updating event websites, Facebook pages, and other marketing materials.
  • Writing/updating manuals, handbooks, guidelines, newsletters.
  • Developing copy for web pages, online registration and other parts of each event’s online presence.

Volunteer Management – 10%

  • Recruiting, assigning, training and managing volunteers before, during and after the 2 Bike Swaps, Women’s Ride and Lobster Ride.

General Administrative Duties – 5%

  • Answering phones and serving as receptionist for office visitors
  • Updating the Coalition’s membership database, eTapestry

Other:

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a fun, active, and friendly workplace where teamwork and flexibility are highly valued. We’re looking for an energetic and enthusiastic new team member with fantastic organizational skills, the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, and who enjoys working with others (staff and volunteers), as well as independently. We are seeking an individual who is passionate about the Coalition’s mission to make Maine better for biking and walking.

Our new Event Coordinator must have demonstrated experience in implementing an online and social media marketing strategy. Previous experience and knowledge of event marketing strategies is a plus. The ideal candidate must be an effective oral and written communicator.

This position requires travel, occasional overnights, and weekend hours. Candidates should be well versed in Microsoft Office applications and comfortable using a relationship management database and collaboration tools, such as Google documents and project management programs.

To apply please email a cover letter, resume and the contact information of 3 professional references to jobs@bikemaine.org by 5:00 pm, November 18th.

 

 

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.

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BikeMaine to tour beaches, towns and mountains in September (KeepMECurrent)

BikeMaine – the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s fully supported, weeklong cycling tour through some of the state’s most idyllic locales – returns in mid-September for its third annual go-round. Riders of all skill levels are signing up, each bringing his or her unique story to tell around the proverbial fire.

Westbrooker Eric Schwibs, 52, is a long-term cancer survivor out to thrive.

“I had some real physical challenges during and after treatment,” he says. “I like to show others that you can indeed bounce back fully after diagnosis and treatment.”

Cycling brought Scarborough’s Justin Ladd, 33, together with his soulmate.

“My wife and got ‘reunited’ – we used to date, in middle school – through biking events like the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Lobster Ride and the Trek Across Maine.”

Pam Fischer, 57 of New Gloucester, is not riding BikeMaine this year, but volunteering.

“My husband and I make it an annual weeklong volunteer vacation,” she says. “We are part of the village team, setting up and dismantling the mobile ‘tent city’ each day.”

Both Fischer and her husband have additional duties – all of which they relish.

“We do whatever it takes to ensure our riders have an amazing experience. We have a blast.

“Service work is important to me,” Fischer says, “and what could be better than volunteering at an event that brings a crowd of fascinating people to the beautiful backroads and small towns of Maine?”

Kittery, Old Orchard Beach, Bridgton, Bethel, Sweden and Kennebunk will host this year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 12-19. But a long list of communities can expect the riders to pass through as they wend their way across the landscape.

The 2015 BikeMaine route rolls first through the Berwicks on its way to Biddeford and Saco before cutting inland to skirt through Hollis and Steep Falls as it sidles up the western edge of Sebago Lake toward the New Hampshire border.

It circles around to head south around Gilead, where it enters the White Mountains National Forest; it takes a short hop north again at Fryeburg, then angles homeward for the last time, passing by Pleasant Mountain and through Hiram, Cornish, Limerick and Lyman before arriving at the coast in Kennebunk.

The last day of the event tracks mostly along the coast, reaching Ogunquit and York Harbor, then Kittery once more. The total distance is 349 miles, though additional 15-mile loops are available on three days. Registration remains open – for now.

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BikeMaine expected to draw 350 cyclists for weeklong ride (BDN)

This article originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News.

 

Posted Aug. 26, 2015, at 12:48 p.m.

The third annual BikeMaine, a weeklong ride organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, is set for Sept. 12-19, and it is expected to be the biggest one yet. During the 349-mile tour, an estimated 350 cyclists will pedal throughout southern and western Maine, camping at communities along the way.

“What we’re trying to do is develop bicycle tourism in the state and to economically impact small communities that don’t usually get that tourism,” BikeMaine Ride Director Kim Anderson True said. “We’re trying to educate communities about how to continue to attract cyclists.”

Each year, BikeMaine takes riders to different regions of Maine. This year’s host communities, where riders will camp, are Kittery, Old Orchard Beach, Bridgton, Bethel, Sweden and Kennebunk, respectively. Each day, participants will pedal an average of 55 miles, with optional 10- to 15-mile loops along the way for those looking to lengthen the ride.

Registration is nearly full, with only a few slots left as of Aug. 25.
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