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MAINE LOBSTER RIDE & ROLL READY FOR ITS 13TH TRIP ALONG THE COAST ON JULY 20 (PPH)

This article originally appeared on pressherald.com

Posted: July 11, 2014

MAINE LOBSTER RIDE & ROLL READY FOR ITS 13TH TRIP ALONG THE COAST ON JULY 20

Written by: Karen Beaudoin - Press Herald web editor - kbeaudoin@mainetoday.com

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine knows how to put on a great ride.

The organization has proven that over and again with a variety of pedaling events and the annual Lobster Ride & Roll is at the top of the list. If you need proof you can either get on your bike and ride it or listen to the folks at Bicycling Magazine, who picked the 2013 ride as one of the top 10 centuries in the country.

The Ride & Roll offers six routes (100 mile, 80 mile, two 50 mile options, 30 mile, 15 mile) that pass through Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George, Port Clyde, Owl’s Head, Rockport, Camden, Lincolnville, Searsmont and Hope. After the ride, participants will enjoy a fresh Maine lobster roll lunch, with vegetarian and tuna options available.

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Proper Helmet Use Keeps Kids Safe – VIDEO (WCSH6)

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Proper Helmet Use Keeps Kids Safe

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — While more people are using helmets when biking and skating than ever, many people are not wearing their helmets the right way which could lead to injuries.

“Helmet misuse is pretty high,” stated Suzanne Grace, injury prevention coordinator for Maine Medical Center’s Trauma Program. Either non-use is definitely an issue, because if you are not wearing it it can’t help you at all, but if you are not wearing it properly it is not going to be able to do it’s job as intended.”

Grace says kids under the age of 16 are required, not only to wear a helmet while riding in Maine, but the law also requires proper use.

As an injury prevention specialist and EMT, Grace says she has seen the consequences of misuse first-hand.

“If a helmet is not fitted properly, it could certainly fall forward over the face, block vision, things like that,” she explained. “Their forehead is exposed, they have an increased risk of injury that way. If they don’t strap it on at all, it is not going to hold on to their head in a crash.”

“In both of the bad crashes I’ve taken, I have had the helmet on to protect me,” said Jim Tasse, director of the Maine Bicycle Safety Education Program. “Went over and landed on my face, and a properly fitted helmet protects your head and face.”

Tasse travels across the state promoting bike safety.

“Approximately 90% of bicycle crashes are self-inflicted,” he explained. “There is no one else involved, there is nothing else involved, it is just sort of pilot error on the part of the bicyclist.”

“The helmet is like a seat belt, it doesn’t prevent you from getting in a crash, but if you get in a crash it is a great thing to have on so that you are a little bit safer,” he added.

He says when it comes to fitting a helmet properly, there are three tests a helmet must pass.

“We talk about the eyes, ears and mouth test,” said Tasse. “You want it to ride level on your head, take one or two fingers, put them on your eyebrows and your helmet should touch it right there.”

“The buckles meet right under your ear,” he explained, as he adjusted a helmet to demonstrate. “Making this adjustment makes sure the helmet stays in that nice level position.”

“When we open our mouth we can feel it pull down on our head a little bit,” he continued, as he finished strapping the helmet on.

“They are good for one significant impact, so if your helmet has cracks or dents in it, it really should be replaced,” added Tasse.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Maine Department of Transportation are partners in the Maine Bicycle Safety Education Program. Through the program, kids and adults are given instruction on safe cycling. The Maine Bicycle Helmet Program is one of their projects, which distributes helmets to community groups for little or no charge.

 

Ride director turns BikeMaine into economic tour de force (PPH)

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Kim True says last year’s weeklong tour left $235,000 in the communities it passed through.

BY EDWARD D. MURPHY STAFF WRITER
emurphy@pressherald.com | 207-791-6465

Kim True took a sharp career turn about three years ago, trading in a lawyer’s briefcase for the saddle of a bicycle. After practicing law in Portland for more than 25 years, True became the ride director for BikeMaine, which offers a 350-mile-plus bicycle tour of Maine. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine sponsors many one-day rides, but formed BikeMaine to develop a longer tour. The second BikeMaine will be held in September and offers an eight-day tour of a stretch of Maine, including the Sebago Lake region, Androscoggin and Kennebec counties down to Boothbay Harbor and along the coast back to Westbrook. The ride costs $875, including meals; options like tent setup or a lodging options are available for additional fees. True said the ride has the potential to bring economic growth to small towns not normally on the path of tourists.

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BikeMaine Route Connecting Communities (WCSH6)

This story originally appeared on WCSH6.com

 

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The six communities hosting riders in the 2nd annual BikeMaine Ride were announced earlier this year. Now a team of volunteers and staff with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine are hitting the road to finalize the route connecting all the stops during the week-long journey.

“The greatest fun in all of this is going to these different communities and discovering parts of Maine that I have never been to, and I have lived in this state more than 50 years,” exclaimed Kim True, BikeMaine‘s ride director.

“We want to make sure every mile, every inch of the route is ridden,” she explained.

They are making sure each turn is mapped in advance, and that any hazards that could impact the safety of cyclists are noted so their instructions and warnings for riders are ready in advance of the 350-mile ride.

“There are a lot of beautiful places in Maine, and our challenge is to find those quiet roads that are less busy, good pavement, and great scenery,” stated Mark Ishkanian, a volunteer member of the Coalition’s board who had the difficult duty of riding part of the route on the Boothbay Harbor peninsula.

Boothbay Harbor town manager Tom Woodin says his community is excited to host the 350 riders and showcase what the region has to offer.

“I’m always looking for ways to bring business to town and highlight the town and sponsor the town, and what better way than having 300 bikers come into town and entertain them for a day and a half,” he said.

BikeMaine will kick off in Westbrook on September 6th and snake its way along several waterways in southern, central and coastal Maine for a week.

 

Fill Out MaineDOT’s Public Opinion Survey!

Do you wish that biking and walking on roads in Maine were safer and easier? The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking for YOUR input for their statewide long-range transportation plan.  Your answers will affect the way the Department sets goals, objectives, and strategies for future transportation projects in Maine.

Please fill out the MaineDOT’s Public Opinion Survey on long-range transportation needs. This is your opportunity to help shape the future biking and walking in Maine!

As a supporter of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, we hope you will take this opportunity to share your thoughts on the next 20 years of transportation priorities here in Maine.

We hope you’ll mention biking and walking when you give your input. Here’s what we would like to see in the MaineDOT’s plan:

  • A statewide transportation system that addresses the needs of all road users, not just those in cars.
  • Infrastructure that creates safe and inviting places to bike and walk, such as sidewalks, crosswalks, paved shoulders, bike lanes, multi-use paths, trails, and other facilities.
  • Infrastructure that emphasizes safety for all road users by calming vehicular traffic.

Please take five minutes to speak up for better biking and walking in Maine by filling out the MaineDOT’s Public Opinion SurveyThe survey will be open during the months of June and July 2014.

 

SRTS Regional Coordinator – Bangor Region

SRTS Regional Coordinator
Bangor Region
20 hours per week

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) is seeking a dynamic, self-directed individual to coordinate and conduct outreach for the Safe Routes to School Program in Eastern Maine, concentrating on the Bangor/Orono/Brewer/Old Town/Lincoln region, but also including some occasional work in Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook Counties.  The position will concentrate on communities with supportive infrastructure and a population density of more than 75 persons per square mile within two miles of a school.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national effort that seeks to enable and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school. Programmatic elements focus on making walking and bicycling to school safe and more appealing.  The SRTS program also helps facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects that will improve safety, and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

The Bangor Regional Coordinator will be a 20 hour/week contracted* position with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Compensation will be in the area of $20/ hour.  The position will be based from a home office, and the geographic scope will be finalized after a person is hired (approximately 60 minute radius from home, with occasional needs to travel beyond this range).  The regional coordinator will report to the BCM main office in Portland, and will be expected to attend regular meetings using video conferencing.  The continuation of this position beyond 2015 is subject to continued federal and state funding.

The position is responsible for:

  • Working with youth, school, city/town officials, local committees, and community members to conduct SRTS activities at K-8 schools to increase the number of students walking and biking to school.
  • Encouraging local schools to participate in Walk/Bike to School Days and other walk and bike encouragement events and programs.
  • Encouraging and facilitating the creation of regular “walking school buses” and/or “bike trains” to local schools.
  • Collecting stories and photos of events and activities to share successes.
  • Coordinating SRTS evaluations (Parent Survey & Student Travel Tally) to gather baseline data about walking and biking participation rates and barriers.
  • Coordinating assessments of walking/biking routes and school sites with parents, students and officials to identify priority improvements for safe bicycling and walking.
  • Creating School Travel Plans with school communities to identify physical and cultural barriers to walking and bicycling to school.
  • Providing technical assistance to the Maine SRTS Mini-Grants Program.
  • Contributing regional SRTS content to the Maine SRTS e-newsletter and website several times per year.
  • Coordinating with the SRTS’s sister program, the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program, to promote bicycle and pedestrian classroom presentations, after-school bike clubs and bike safety rodeos.
  • Participating in weekly regional SRTS staff “meetings” via phone.
  • Produce monthly written reports on Coordinator’s activities, number of children served and other results of all activities.
  • Promoting the program to area media, at public events and through social media.
  • Providing technical assistance on SRTS work on occasion to low population density rural communities.
  • Maintaining files and data-bases for the program as needed.
  • Performing other responsibilities as required or assigned.

The ideal candidate will have:  a flexible schedule; a bachelor’s degree or higher education; a proven ability to work independently; experience working with public school systems; experience in community organizing and outreach; knowledge of the program region; comfort with making presentations and facilitating meetings to a variety of audiences; some knowledge of and interest in transportation policies and facilities; experience with event planning; contagious enthusiasm for biking and walking; and comfort and competence working with technology.  Some night meetings and weekends may be required.  This is a field position–regional travel required (car required; mileage is reimbursed at Maine state rate of .44/mile).

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three references with phone and email contact info to  jobs@bikemaine.org.  Please submit your application by July 18.

Interviews will take place in the Augusta area on July 30, 2014.  Please reserve that date; we will notify you of the specific hour as soon as possible.

* An independent contractor position does not include employee benefits.  The contracted employee pays his/her own payroll tax and supplies his/her office needs, (computer, printers, materials, equipment, tools, etc).

 

 

New Portland-Falmouth bridge opens to pedestrians, bikes (PPH)

Amelia Kunhardt/Staff Photographer – Brian Allenby, left, bikes across the new Route 1 bridge from Portland to Falmouth on Monday. The walking/biking lane has opened, though bridge construction continues. Allenby said he commutes by bike from his home in Cumberland to Portland three to four days a week.


The $23.5 million bridge on Route 1 has been under construction for a year.

By Chelsea Diana
Staff Writer

After more than a year of squeezing between construction work and cars while cycling on Martin’s Point Bridge, Brian Allenby was able to bike home without worry, thanks to a new footpath that opened Monday on the new Route 1 bridge connecting Portland to Falmouth.

Bicycle Coalition Maine had been an advocate for the design of the new bridge.

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New Martin’s Point Bridge open to pedestrians, cyclists (Falmouth Forecaster)

 

This article originally appeared on theforecaster.net

Photo: Ben McCanna / The Forecaster

Brian Allenby, communications director for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, rides from Portland to Falmouth across the new Martin’s Point Bridge with fellow cyclists on Monday, the opening day for the multi-use pathway. Construction worker Zac Chickering said about two dozen cyclists and pedestrians crossed on Monday after the contractor opened the multi-use pathway a day earlier than anticipated. The outer railing on the pathway is temporary, and work remains before the bridge is expected to open for vehicle traffic next month.

 

Bike to Work Day celebrates pedaling (WCSH6)

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Hop on a bike and get a workout in before work – Friday is Bike to Work Day. It’s a nationwide event that celebrates riding to work. For those who don’t normally ride their bike to work, Friday is a great day to try it out – just a bike with working pedals and brakes is needed to participate.

“For me, it’s me doing my part to reduce my carbon footprint and stay healthy,” said daily biker Brian Allenby.

There are cities around the nation have Bike to Work celebrations to acknowledge the benefits of biking, which include health and reducing pollution. The city of Portland is teaming up with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to add some extra fun for bikers in the Portland area. From 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday there will be coffee, juice and snacks to refuel riders before work. For anybody needing a bike tune-up, the Bicycle Coalition will offer help. There will also be a photo booth. Continue reading

 

Maine Riders Reminder: Leave Your Car At Home on Friday (MaineToday.com)

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In case you’ve forgotten, here’s your reminder about how you’re getting to work on Friday: Pack a bag with your dress shoes, cuff up your pants leg and bring your bike lock because it’s Bike to Work Day.

Since the forecast calls for clouds and wind with a couple showers you may also need a rain jacket, but, in Maine, cyclists are used to dealing with a little bit of questionable weather. The high is expected to hit 64 degrees so at least you should need to bundle up.

Both Portland and South Portland plan on rewarding those who saddle up and ride to work with events planned along with the Bicycle Coalition of MaineHealthy PortlandEastern Trail Alliance and East Coast Greenway Alliance.

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