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April 2014

Saving Bucks with Bikes (USM Free Press)

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Saving bucks with bikes

Posted on April 14, 2014 in Arts & Culture
By nathanbaril

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. Read More

Bike Route Mapping Project Underway (Bethel Citizen)

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This article originally appeared in the Bethel Citizen.

Bike route mapping project underway


By Amy Chapman

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. Read More

Great Maine Bike Swap to feature great deals and expert advice (BDN)

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Great Maine Bike Swap to feature great deals and expert advice

Field Notes

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.

Courtesy of Bill Skoolicas Hundreds of bikes are organized for people to peruse at the 2013 Great Maine Bike Swap in Portland.

“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. Read More

Bangor Area Bike and Pedestrian Safety Forum (Fox22 Bangor)

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Bangor Area Bike and Pedestrian Safety Forum

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“.


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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. Read More