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May 2012

2012 Women's Ride Event Schedule

By | Events

Sunday, June 3rd
7:00 am:  On-site Registration open and pre-registered riders packet pickup begins (please arrive 30 minutes before your ride starts so you have ample time to pick up your materials and are ready to ride on time.)
8:00 am:  50 mile ride start time
9:00 am:  25 mile ride start time
10:00 am:  15 mile ride start time
10:00 am:  5 mile ride start time

Massage is available to all participants before and after your ride!
Yoga is available when you return from your ride.

The "Celebrate Portland Festival" includes a Bike Rodeo!

By | Events, Stay Safe
The Celebrate Portland Festival, on Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Payson Park, will include a Bike Rodeo!
Designed to teach and encourage kids from age 4-10 to ride bikes safely, the bike safety rodeo will include a helmet check, a bike mechanical check, and the chance to ride in a closed traffic skills course that teaches the basic rules of the road.  Additional activities like the “slow race”, bike balancing, and straight line riding practice will be included.  
The Rodeo will run from 11-2 pm.  It will be cancelled in the event of rain.
Kids interested in participating must bring a parent, (who can sigh a waiver form), a bicycle and a helmet to the event!
Rodeo Course 
 The bike rodeo will be run by Bicycle Coalition of Maine staff and volunteers.

Make a Weekend out of your Lobster Ride!

By | Events, Travel

Mid-Coast Maine is a spectacularly beautiful place. When you come to ride the Lobster Ride, consider staying for the weekend.  Below are some fun adventures for our riders.  (Please note:  the Bicycle Coalition of Maine is not responsible for any part of these opportunities.  All reservations, inquiries and financial transactions need to be made through the host company listed below.)


1.Cellar Door Vineyard Food & Wine Pairing at the Cellardoor Winery.  After your ride, reward yourselves with complementary food and wine pairings.

July 21, 5:30-7:30 pm, $45/person.






2.Schooner Olad Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Schooner Olad.  Let Captain Aaron Lincoln show you Penobscot Bay, with its rocky shoreline, lighthouses, seals, bald eagles, islands, lobster boats and hidden mansions.  “Camden Maine Sailing at its BEST!” (Bring your own food and beverage.)  This cruise is reserved specifically for Lobster Riders.
July 21, 6:30-9:00 pm. $40/person. Full refund for poor weather.
Visit the Olad website for more information and FAQ’s.




3.Schooners Take a 3 or 5 overnight trip on a Maine WindJammer Cruise“Come re-live the great days of sail on authentic, tall masted schooners and spend carefree days among the islands of Maine.”  Lobster Riders get a 5% discount.






4. Tour Camden Harbor by kayak.  You’ll get some basic paddling and safety instruction from a Registered Maine Guide and then head out past yachts, schooners, stately summer homes and a lighthouse. kayak trip

Two hour trip:  $35 for adults/$30 children ages 10-15.
Four hour trip:  $75 adults/$60 kids ages 10-15.

Door Prizes at the 2012 Women's Ride

By | Events

The first 250 registrants of the 2012 Women’s Ride will receive gift bags with donations from some of our friends below. 

All riders may win awesome door prizes provided by these generous companies:

Allspeed logoAthlete's Touchburt's bees logoCabot Cheese logoCyclemania logoFit 212 logoGorham Bike and Ski logoGreener Pastures logoKind BarsLL Bean logoLila Yoga logoMaine Saliing Adventure logoPeterboro basket logoPoland Spring logoPur Absorb logoRambler's Way LogoScratch bakery logoStonewall Kitchen logoSunrise Guide logoTampax logoWeleda logo

Bike To Work. Once a Week. For the Planet.

By | How To..., Speak up for Biking

Now that NOAA has officially announced March 2012 the warmest on record, climate change is getting harder and harder to deny. Even skeptics can’t ignore the most obvious evidence of our altered climate: the record-breaking number of extreme weather events in 2011. Last year surpassed all previous years in terms of disaster costs, with ten events costing the country over $1 billion each – hurricane Irene, of course, being the record-breaker.

While we may not be able to pin this record-breaking March or growing number of disasters directly on global warming, the obvious meteorological changes are a wake-up call for many. Whether or not you blame the human race, the climate is warming, a trend that undeniably mirrors our consumption habits, especially when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions.

This can be a daunting realization. But rather than dwelling on the negative, climate change superheroes like Bill McKibbin repeatedly use obvious physical changes, such as this warm winter, as a call to action. “My only real fear,” he states in the preface of his 2010 book Eaarth, “is that the the reality described in this book, and increasingly evident in the world around us, will be for some an excuse to give up. We need just the opposite – increased engagement…We have no other choice.”

This engagement can come in many forms. A term often thrown around when it comes to fighting climate change is “carbon footprint” – the amount of carbon you, as an individual, emit. There are thousands of websites, books, flyers, and people who can tell you ways to reduce your carbon footprint. And this can be overwhelming. But, since this is a bicycle blog, we’ll stick with a simple, do-able challenge. Bike to work once a week.

Changing your mode of transportation, even just one day a week, can make a huge difference. We can do some simple math to find out just how much. Using a commute distance of 5 miles (a 2009 DOT survey found that 50% of trips made in the US are under 3 miles – while many commutes are longer, we’ll use the ride-able average of 5 miles) we can calculate using a simple equation from the website “What’s my Carbon Footprint?”

If you bicycled to work an average of one day per week throughout a year, you would save over 400 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Considering the average American emits between 11,000 and 21,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year, that’s reducing your emissions by between 2-3%, just by cycling to work once a week. And now imagine increasing that number to twice a week, or convincing a few friends to do the same. You CAN have an impact, and pretty easily.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has some great tips for using your bike as transportation, from choosing a durable bike to dressing for the commute. In Maine and all over the world, more and more people are embracing bicycles as a viable mode of transportation. Since 2000, the number of bicycle commuters in the United States has risen over 40% and continues to rise each year. Bicycle commuters tout not only the environmental benefits, but the health, fitness and convenience ones as well – as cycling can often be quicker than driving to work, especially in cities. 

So try it. Start with one day a week, and maybe that will turn into two, or three, or maybe you’ll become a bicycle-commuting convert. Maybe not, but I challenge you to try. Now that the weather is getting nicer, do your part for the planet.

Written by Hannah Orcutt, a 2011.5 Middlebury College graduate, Mainer, and longtime cyclist. Hannah is currently living in Burlington Vermont where she works with the Orton Family Foundation to expand the influence of their work in community-based, small town planning.


Celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday May 18!

By | Coalition News, Events

Celebrate Bike-to-Work Day Friday, May 18 at two free events presented through a partnership of the Coalition, the cities of Portland and South Portland, Healthy Portland, Eastern Trail Alliance and East Coast Greenway Alliance.

  • In the morning, bicycle commuters can stop by Monument Square in downtown Portland from 6:30 to 9am for coffee, juice and snacks.  Jim Tasse, our Education Director, will be on sit to offer mechanical support and safe bicycle commuting tips.
  • After work, come over to Bug Light Park in South Portland from 4-5pm for a slice of pizza, other snacks, giveaways, and information on healthy living and commuting.  To get to the event, you can enjoy a free water taxi shuttle from the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal in Portland to the Bug Light Boat Launch from 3:45 to 5:15 PM or enjoy a ride or walk along the East Coast Green Way or city streets.

We hope to see you no matter how you get there!

Bicycling Magazine Picks Lobster Ride & Roll as one of the Top 10 Centuries in the US!

By | Coalition News, Events, Featured Posts

Bicycling Magazine LogoBicycling Magazine, with readership over 2 million, chose the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Lobster Ride and Roll as one of America’s Top Century Rides.  Held in Rockland on July 21, Bicycling’s reasons for identifying the Lobster ride as one of the most “engaging” century rides included the Maine scenery, the rides’ festivities and the celebratory lobster roll feast at the end of the ride.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the event.  In addition to the 100-mile ride, the event includes 16, 30 and 50-mile options along some of Maine’s most idyllic back roads.

Registration for the event is now open.  Registrants receive the famous Lobster Ride bike socks and admission to local museums free with registration.  The ride also features full race support and rest stops, delicious alternatives to a lobster roll if preferred and showers for after the ride.

Who's Biking in Maine on National Bike to School Day?

By | Coalition News, Events, Safe Biking at School

National Bike to School Day is Wednesday May 9th! Several Maine schools have already registered for the National event…check out who’s biking:

It’s not too late to make your plans for Biking to school.  If you need some safety tips, watch this video by 4th graders at Coastal Ridge Elementary School