NEWS

National Walk to School Day is October 5! Join in the fun!


Hundreds of Maine school children will walk or bike to school with family members, school staff and volunteers in celebration of National Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 5th. Organized events are planned at schools across the state throughout October, which is National Walk and Bike to School Month, and some schools will continue walking and biking throughout the fall.

The Maine Safe Route to School Program can support your event(s) with event announcement posters, walking school bus posters, and incentive stickers. To request these, please register your event here. Any school that registers their event with us this fall will be entered into a raffle to receive fun safety gear to use as incentives in future walk and bike to school events.

Here are the Maine schools that have been in touch with us about their Walk & Bike to School activities this fall:

  • Auburn, The Walton School – Walk to School Day in October
  • Bangor, The Downeast School – Daily Walking School Bus to school all fall
  • Brunswick, Coffin Elementary School – Monthly Walk & Bike to School Days through the year
  • Easton Elementary School – Walk at School event this fall
  • Ellsworth Elementary Middle School – Daily Walking School Bus all fall
  • Howland, Hitchborn Middle School – 1 Mile Walk/Run the first week in October
  • Lewiston, Farwell Elementary School – National Walk to School Day on Oct. 5
  • Lincoln – Ella P. Burr & Mattanawcook Junior High Schools – Weekly walking school bus to school on Wednesdays Sept-Oct and May-June
  • North Anson, Carrabec Community School – monthly walking school bus to school this fall
  • Norway, Guy E. Rowe Elementary School – Daily Walking School Bus on one route to & from school all fall
  • Portland, East End Community School – Daily Walking School Bus to school; Lincoln Middle School – Bike and Walk to School Days in Oct & May; Lyseth Elementary School – Footloose Fridays starting Oct 14th; Peaks Island Elementary School – Walking field trips this fall
  • Scarborough Pleasant Hill School – Walk N Wheel Fridays from Sept. – June
  • Skowhegan, Margaret Chase Smith School – Walking School Bus to school in Oct
  • Solon, Elementary School – Walk to School Days in Oct
  • South Portland, Memorial Middle School – Walk & Bike to School Day Oct. 4
  • Waterville – Albert S. Hall School – Daily Walking School Bus all fall

We hope to see you walking or biking to school this fall!

 

Safe Routes to School Newsletter Archive


The Maine Safe Routes to School Program compiles a monthly newsletter to keep you in the know about local success stories, exciting program updates, and funding opportunities. Check out our past newsletters for inspiration, then SIGN UP for our SRTS monthly newsletter to stay in-the-know about the Maine SRTS Program.

 

 

Valet Volunteers Needed! Beach to Beacon 10k Race – Saturday, August 6!


Valet Volunteers Needed! Beach to Beacon 10k Race – Saturday, August 6!

Beach to Beacon is the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s largest Valet Bike Parking event of the year and is a fantastic opportunity to get folks out of their cars and onto their bikes. Last year we had about 250 users over the course of the day and this year we’re growing the service to accommodate up to 400 bikes! With this amount of growth, the Coalition needs more fantastic volunteers like YOU during the event. Volunteering as a Valet Attendant is fun, easy, and a great way to support the Coalition’s mission of making Maine better for biking and walking.

There are three time options for volunteering – Saturday, August 6 – Fort Williams Park:

1. 5:30am-12:30pm (full event)

2. 5:30am-9:00am (1st half)

3. 9:00am-12:30pm (2nd half)

To sign up for a volunteer shift, leave a comment below or email Bridgette Kelly at bridgette@bikemaine.org. More info on Valet Bike Parking here.

 

The Coalition is Hiring!


Community Advocacy Coordinator

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is seeking a dynamic, self-directed individual to provide assistance coordinating and expanding our work with local bicycle and pedestrian advocates around the state. The position will manage our nationally recognized Community Spokes Program, mobilizing, training, and supporting local champions who want to become community leaders for bicycle, pedestrian, and active transportation issues. The Community Advocacy Coordinator will support and guide Community Spokes and other local advocates, giving them the resources they need to become the driving force behind their local bicycle/pedestrian committees and similar groups around the state.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating ongoing support and technical assistance on bike/ped initiatives to Community Spokes, local bike/ped committees and other advocates through trainings, regional meetings, “mutual aid” conference calls, and regular phone and in-person meetings.
  • Recruiting new Community Spokes, assisting in their training, and helping support the creation of community-based committees.
  • Integrating advocacy and Community Spokes initiatives with other Coalition projects and programs, including events, the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program, and the Safe Routes to School Program.
  • Handling all logistics and assisting in the facilitation of at least two one-day Community Spokes trainings per year.
  • Developing resources and managing content for the Coalition’s Local Advocacy web pages, as well as for print publication.
  • Refining and implementing an annual evaluation system for the Community Spokes program.
  • Other duties as needed related to local bike/ped advocacy.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in and knowledge of: community organization and outreach; bike/ped/trail advocacy and programming; transportation policy and bike/ped infrastructure projects; bicycle and pedestrian safety education; and, public health efforts to promote physical activity. The candidate will also have excellent written and in-person communication skills, a collaborative orientation, experience in meeting facilitation and adult education, and will be comfortable working with a range of technologies.

Some early morning, night meetings and weekends required.  Some statewide travel required. Health and other benefits available.  Salaried, exempt position.

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three references with contact info to jobs@bikemaine.org org by July 29. Interviews are planned for August 5; please arrange to be available on that day.  

 

Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Maine Police Roll Out New Enforcement Resource and Campaign


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PORTLAND, Maine – The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Law Enforcement Collaborative is announcing the distribution of its Law Enforcement Reference Guide, as well as a coordinated bicycle, pedestrian and motorist law enforcement detail dedicated to improving safety for vulnerable users. These efforts com e at that time of year that sees increases in the numbers of vulnerable users on our roadways. In 2015, 276 pedestrians and 182 bicyclists were involved in crashes with motor vehicles, resulting in 19 pedestrian fatalities.

 

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine Law Enforcement Collaborative is a committee made up of law enforcement officers, transportation officials, bicycle commuters, attorneys, and bicycle education experts. The Collaborative meets monthly to discuss the challenges and realities of enforcing laws concerning bicyclists and pedestrians. The committee’s goal is to identify strategies to promote roadway safety for vulnerable users through education and enforcement.

 

The Law Enforcement Reference Guide was developed by the Law Enforcement Collaborative to provide officers on patrol with a convenient reference to the priority violations and pertinent laws that regulate the behavior of motorists and bicyclists. The double-sided resource, endorsed by the Maine Sheriff’s Association, and the Maine Association of Police, lists violations for bicyclists on one side, and violations for motorists on the other.

 

In conjunction with the release of this new resource, a number of Greater Portland police departments, including Portland, South Portland, Yarmouth, Scarborough and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting traffic enforcement details emphasizing the safety of vulnerable users. On June 15, these police agencies will be on patrol and paying particular attention to behaviors that put walkers, bicyclists and other more vulnerable persons at risk on our roadways. These efforts are intended to raise awareness and to gain voluntary compliance to the rules of the road, enhancing safety and reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities.

 

For more information or to schedule a possible ride along during this enforcement effort, please contact:

 

  • Bicycle Coalition of Maine: Jim Tasse – 207.623.4511
  • Cumberland County SO: Det. Stephen Gorham – 207.774.1444 ext. 2171
  • Portland PD: Sgt. Michael Rand – 207.874.8554
  • Scarborough PD: Sgt. John O’Malley – 207.730.4306
  • South Portland PD: Lt. Frank Clark – 207.799.5511 ext. 7242
  • Yarmouth PD: Lt. Dean Perry – 207.846-3333