From insurance payments to oil changes, cars can be just as limiting as they are liberating. However, there is one method of transit that is a bonafide budget saver.
There is a long list of costs associated with the proper maintenance of an automobile, and for a college student, this list can often be too expensive. One might soon realize that a large portion of one’s bills are taken up by the mechanical and legal maintenance of your vehicle.
Many USM cyclists believe they can offer you the two-wheeled, engine less freedom that you never knew you had. Continue reading →
The University of Maine played host to the annual Great Maine Bike Swap Sunday.
“Everyone here has the same interest. They all love bikes. And some people want to sell bikes, some people want to buy bikes,” said Jim Rose, owner of Rose Bike in Orono and a volunteer at the event.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine puts on the annual event, and this year they had more than 400 bikes for sale, from road bikes to mountain bikes. There was even a unicycle or two.
“We have sellers coming from near and far to come sell their bike here in one place and not worry about dealing with ten thousand craigslist appointments,” said Liz Hall, Event and Development Coordinator for the Bicycle Coalition.
And for buyers, it’s a chance to find a bargain.
“We’ve got some folks who are happy to just get one out of the garage and they’re happy to sell it at any price, and it might be worth even a lot more than that. So you can definitely snag a deal,” said Hall.
Perfect for parents whose kids are growing just a little too fast.
“If your kids grow out of their bike like every year or two, it’s really helpful to come here and buy a quality used bike, and have the people who are here that know about bikes and can tell you a little about them,” said Caren Mulford of Hampden.
Turns out a lot of people here were in that boat.
“My daughter quickly grew out of her bike from last year, so we had to get her something else,” said Beth Healy.
Organizers say one of the goals of this event is to make bikes more accessible to more people, and to promote the value of biking to the community.
“You really can get communities just to become vibrant and even more prosperous with biking and walking. So we want to get more people on bikes, getting healthy and enjoying their communities,” said Hall.
Not to mention the environmental impact.
“We have too many cars on the road, so a great way to reduce the amount of cars is to ride a bike,” said Rose.
Making Maine greener and healthier, two wheels at a time.
Local communities will see gains in physical fitness, rider safety, recreational opportunities, and economic development through the identification and mapping of the best routes for bicycling in Oxford County, predicted Jim Tasse.
Tasse, Education Director at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, recently spoke to a gathering at Sunday River’s Grand Summit Hotel. About 20 area bicycling enthusiasts participated in a bike trail mapping session, one in a series held throughout Oxford County to give cyclists an opportunity to provide feedback about their favorite local bike routes, share information about their riding experiences, and compile a wish list of ways to improve the quality and safety of biking in western Maine. Continue reading →
Looking to sell your old bicycle? Or perhaps you’re searching for a new one? The Great Maine Bike Swap, scheduled for April 13 in Orono and April 27 in Portland, is a great opportunity to do both.
“We’re just looking to get bikes in people’s hands,” said Brian Allenby, communications director for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “It’s that time of year, starting to get nice again.”’
The Orono swap will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the New Balance Student Recreation Center, 22 Hilltop Road, on the University of Maine campus. Bike registration and drop off is 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the same venue. Continue reading →
BANGOR - It’s almost that time of year when you start to see hundreds of bicycles out on the roadways. With that come safety hazards, whether your pedaling or walking.
Officials are saying slap it on before you hop on the bike or hit the road at night and even during the day. Reflective gear is of utmost importance as it helps illuminate one’s body to oncoming traffic.
This is just one of the goals that the community transformation grant program hopes to address.
“Throughout the course of the grant we’ve been focused on bring communities together to work locally on the environment and how it works with the safety in concerns to walking, biking, sidewalks, crosswalks, and so on,” Alexia Corbett, grant coordinator for Penquis Public Health District, says.
Those solutions were the topics of discussion at a bike and pedestrian safety forum Thursday.
Shocking statistics on the number of accidents and fatalities all due to unguarded travel methods.
”Nationally about 5,000 pedestrians are killed annually,” Jim Tasse, Director of the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program, says. “There are somewhat fewer bicyclists that are.”
Maine Department of Transportation has reported that one pedestrian is killed daily as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
“It’s a pretty serious problem,” Tasse says. “There are things that can be done, and they can. The short answer is changing our roadway culture.”
Like how we behave on the road, how others may view it, and to become more educated on the rules.
Those include bicyclists traveling with traffic, while runners or pedestrians travel against.
But if those rules tend to confuse you, just remember one thing, to slap it on.
If you would like to become an advocate for safety while biking or walking, or want to help your community create more opportunities for those activities check out the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s “Community Spokes Program“.
Anyone who’s pedaled their way down Congress or Commercial streets knows first-hand that navigating the busy roadways of Portland is a challenging task. But when swerving your cycle around a suddenly open door or avoiding a less-than-courteous driver, remember that there are plenty of cycling advocates pushing to make sure it’s the last time you’ll have to do either of those things. Continue reading →
Bangor bikers want to make the city a safer place to cycle.
Locals gathered to discuss that at a meeting downtown Thursday.
Representatives from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Penquis Public Health District Community Grant Program hosted the safety forum at CoeSpace, along Columbia Street.
They talked about creating safe spaces to walk and ride, infrastructure issues, also how to advocate collectively.
Alexia Corbett, the Penquis District Grant Coordinator, said, “There are teams in the Orono area. There are teams in the Bangor area region. We are looking to get other teams started around the region that are really focused on biking, walking, built environment, and just making it a safer, more active living environment in our region.”
For more information on how to get involved, visit bikemaine.org.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Auburn Mayor LaBonte recently discussed cycling and pedestrian safety issues with Senator Susan Collins. The group met the Senator in her D.C. office.
Back row, from left, Peter Garrett of Winslow, president of the Kennebec Messalnoskee Trails and board member at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Charley LaFlamme of Moody, founder at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Senator Collins, Bob Rand of Lewiston, community spoke at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and Tony Barrett of Harpswell, community spoke at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Seated, Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte. Brian Allenby of Cumberland, communications director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Elizabeth Hall of Portland, event and development coordinator at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Bicycle Coalition of Maine – Summer 2014 Internship
BikeMaine Event Management Assistant
The summer intern’s primary duties will be in support of managing and marketing the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s weeklong, 400-mile mass bicycle ride from September 6-13, 2014. BikeMaine, designed to be“a rolling celebration of Maine,” uses a different cycle route each September to explore the inland and coastal regions of the state, with riders camping in a designated host community each of 7 nights. The ride is capped at 350 participants. For more information about the event, please check out BikeMaine on the Coalition website ride.bikemaine.org.
Updating event information on BikeMaine website
Promoting event through Facebook and Twitter, website, email, posters and brochure distribution
Attending Ride Committee meetings
Helping to organize and communicate with volunteers
Assisting with event details in host communities
Purchasing supplies, checking inventory
Identifying and ordering merchandise to be sold during event
Assisting with communications to vendors, partners and sponsors
Updating post-event evaluation surveys for participants, volunteers, host community members, and sponsors
Drafting communications with registered participants and media
Creating template and articles for BikeMaine newspaper (The ideal candidate would have a strong interest in writing and researching host communities’ history.)
The intern will also help with office administration tasks as needed:
Answering phone calls from registered riders and troubleshooting with problems
Processing and organizing requests for information
Data entry and database updates
The intern will be exposed to all aspects of event management for a weeklong ride!
Internship compensation: The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is unable to offer compensation for this internship, but we encourage you to investigate what funding opportunities your school provides to students completing unpaid summer internships.
Time period: The intern would ideally be able to work the BikeMaine event from September 6-13, 2014, at the end of his/her internship. Therefore, preference will be given to candidates who can complete the internship from mid-July to mid-September. Students on a trimester academic schedule are strongly encouraged to apply!
Hours of work: 30-40 hours/week, and flexibility with daily hours (must be between 8:30am-5:00pm). During the BikeMaine event, hours are longer.
Location: Bicycle Coalition of Maine headquarters: 34 Preble St., Portland, ME
To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Liz Hall, email@example.com, by April 4, 2014. Candidates will be interviewed in April 2014.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a non-profit, statewide advocacy and education organization working to make Maine better for bicycling. We work at the local, state and federal levels in support of bike friendly laws, policy and infrastructure. We run programs that teach bike safety in the schools, the workplace, the community and to law enforcement. We also run the Safe Routes to School Program which encourages more kids to bike and walk to school. Finally, we promote bicycling for recreation, fitness, transportation and fun and run 5 events during the spring and summer.