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March 2014

2014 Super Raffle Winners Selected

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

 

We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the 2014 Super Raffle! In our book, you’re all winners, however, the rules say that we have to pick five…

  • Grand Prize – Bicycle Trip to Italy from VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
    Kristine Wing (Greene)
  • Runner Up Prize – Registration to Bike Maine 2014
    Ed Hoel (Rosidale, MA)
  • 3rd Prize – Trek road bike from CycleMania
    Cynthia Orcutt (Carrabassett Valley)
  • 4th Prize – Thule rack from Rainbow Bicycle
    Jeff Welt (Brunswick)
  • 5th Prize – Team kit and merchandise pack from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine
    Lindsay Hancock (Gray)

To see a complete list of prizes, please click here.

Collins meets with Bicycle Coalition (Seacoast Online.com)

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Collins meets with Bicycle Coalition

March 20, 2014 2:00 AM

Top PhotoWASHINGTON, 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

 

2014 BikeMaine Intern Description

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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.  

Duties include:

  • 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, liz@bikemaine.org, by April 4, 2014. Candidates will be interviewed in April 2014.

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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. 

2014 Event Management Intern Description

By | Coalition News

 

Bicycle Coalition of Maine – Summer 2014 Internship

Event Management Assistant 

The summer intern’s primary duties will be in support of managing and marketing our two signature summer events:  the Maine Women’s Ride on June 1st in Freeport, and the Lobster Ride & Roll on July 20th in Rockland.  Following the completion of duties with these two events, the summer intern will then do special projects and assist with the support of the Coalition’s weeklong event, BikeMaine, in September.    These events are major fund raisers for the Coalition and essential to our operating budget.

Duties include:

  • Writing and updating all event information, including related merchandise, on the Coalition’s web site
  • Promoting events through Facebook and Twitter, website, email, posters and brochure distribution
  • Organizing and communicating with volunteers before, during and after event
  • Preparing for, setting up and breaking down events
  • Working both events (on weekends)
  • Purchasing supplies, checking inventory and selling merchandise
  • Implementing post-event evaluation surveys to participants and coordinating all event feedback
  • Communicating with and recognizing/thanking sponsors

The intern will also help with office administration tasks as needed:

  • Updating website
  • Answering phone calls from members, vendors, partners. 
  • Processing and organizing requests for presentations and training.
  • Data entry and database updates 
  • Help with office mailings
  • Support to other Bicycle Coalition of Maine programs

The intern will be exposed to all aspects of running a non-profit and if interested, can identify other areas of interest in which (s)he wants to work.

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 ideal candidate would be able to begin the internship on May 12, and complete the internship in early August.

Hours of work:  30-40 hours/week, and flexibility with daily hours (must be between 8:30am-5:00pm). Two weekends (May 31-June 1 and July 19-20)

Location:  Bicycle Coalition of Maine headquarters:  34 Preble St., Portland, ME 

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Liz Hall, liz@bikemaine.org, by April 4, 2014. Candidates will be interviewed in April 2014.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a non-profit, state-wide 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. 

Find a Sweet Ride at the Great Maine Bike Swaps in Orono and Portland (MaineToday.com)

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This article originally appeared on MaineToday.com

PEDAL ON | FIND A SWEET RIDE AT GREAT MAINE BIKE SWAPS IN ORONO AND PORTLAND

By: Karen Beaudoin 
 

OK. OK. So parts of Maine got dumped on with something like 20 inches of snow last week. So your favorite trail is still buried under layers of crusty white stuff. So you still have to navigate over and around patches of ice wherever you go.  So.  Despite the lingering cold, ice and snow, cycling season is just around the corner. Really.

I know this because the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has begun promoting its Great Maine Bike Swaps. Your chance to swap out some old wheels for ones that are newer – or maybe just different – comes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 13 in Orono and April 27 in Portland. Up for grabs will be road bikes, mountain bikes, kids bikes and hybrids.  Find a sweet ride at the BCM Bike Swaps.

 

Click here to read more.

Bucksport High School Student Returns from Youth Bicycle Summit with pledge to "Get Teens Biking in Down East Maine"

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Contact:  

Abby King
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
abby@bikemaine.org
207.623.4511

Cary Huggins
Pedalin’ HOME Center
207-332-9977   

Bucksport High School Student Returns from Youth Bicycle Summit with pledge to “Get Teens Biking in Down East Maine”

Orland, ME, March 11, 2014 – Local Bucksport teen Daline St. Telise recently returned home from the 4th Annual Youth Bike Summit with a new passion to get more kids on bikes in the Orland area.

Daline, a student at Bucksport High School, attended the three-day Youth Bike Summit in New York City with the help of a scholarship from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. In the past year,Daline has become a very active advocate for biking in Bucksport, and has developed as a leader in her bicycle mentorship program.

The Youth Bike Summit is an annual convention dedicated to inspiring and equipping young people with the skills to promote biking among to their peers and community. In addition to bringing together students, educators and advocates for a full compliment of workshops, the Summit also offers hands-on opportunities that empower youth to make a difference in their local areas.

She was inspired by meeting other teens who shared her interest and experience in bicycling. “I loved when we paraded down 5th Avenue in New York City with signs about why we love bicycles,” said Daline. “The enthusiasm of the group got me excited about how I can get more kids to ride bikes with me at home in Bucksport. It was so cool to be with kids who had ideas that worked in their towns, and helpful that they shared them with me.”

Daline first became interested in bicycle advocacy through the Pedalin’ HOME Center, located in Orland. The Center is operated by Cary and Joe Huggins, who teach local young people about bike maintenance and safety. Cary Huggins also accompanied Daline to the Summit.

After the Summit, Cary shared, “The way the kids were uplifted, encouraged to run with their passions, and embraced by others at the Summit was electric,” says Cary. “I am so excited about helping Daline maintain these new relationships and partner with more teens from Maine to promote biking.”

Cary is herself a committed bicycle advocate in the Bucksport area.  She is an active member of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Community Spokes Program, a statewide network of local champions of biking and walking.