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May 2014

Bike to Work Day celebrates pedaling (WCSH6)

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

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. Read More

Maine Riders Reminder: Leave Your Car At Home on Friday (

By | Coalition News, Events


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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Western Maine Active Communities Conference (Press Release)

By | Coalition News, Events

DATE: May 13, 2014
RE: Western Maine Active Communities Conference Planned
CONTACT: Brendan Schauffler, Healthy Oxford Hills, 207-890-8675
2014 WMACC LogoThe Western Maine Active Communities Conference will take place on Thursday, May 22nd at the Bethel Inn Resort at 21 Broad Street in Bethel. The free event will offer valuable information regarding how to transform towns into active communities that invite and encourage biking, walking, trail use, and other physical activity opportunities.
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Bike to Work Day!

By | Coalition News, Events, Featured Posts

Join us for National Bike to Work Day!

The Coalition is gearing up for our annual Bike To Work Day events and we want you to be part of the fun.
Are you already a year round commuter who feels like every day is bike to work day? This event is for you!
Are you someone who has considered riding, but wants more information and a little push to get over the hump? This event is for you!
Are you someone who has a neighbor or friend who would enjoy biking to work? Bring them along, this is event is for you!
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Western Maine Active Communities Conference (WMACC) Coming Soon!

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, Speak up for Biking

unnamedDo you like biking and walking and you live in Western Maine? We want to meet you at this awesome upcoming FREE conference! The Western Maine Active Communities Conference is for business owners, town managers and planners, school board members and faculty, transportation, public health or public works professionals, or just about anyone else who is interested in improving their community!
Learn more and register here.

Bike to School Day (Lewiston / Auburn Sun Journal)

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, Safe Biking at School

Dru Angelides, 7, and his mom, Rebecca Grant, ride to Geiger Elementary School in Lewiston during National Bike to School Day on Wednesday. The second-grader joined about 60 of his schoolmates, parents, staff and Lewiston Community Resource Officer Joe Philippon during their commute. “On a normal school day, we might have 10 bikes on the bike rack,” said event organizer Bruce Hall, who rode to school with his son, Jason. “Bike to School Day should be every day,” educational technician Anne Behnke said. “It’s good for you. I don’t miss a day. … If I’m late, I catch bus 13,” Behnke said. “May is Bike and Walk to School Month,” said Darcy Whittemore of the Maine Safe Routes to School Program.


Students wrote down what they like about bicycles once they arrived at Geiger Elementary during National Bike to School Day in Lewiston on Wednesday.

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Memorial Bridge helps fuel bicycling boom (Seacoast Online)

By | Coalition News, Stay Safe

KITTERY, Maine — Memorial Bridge is open to bicyclists for the first full season this year, and its well-marked bike lanes mean riders are already surging into Kittery to take advantage of the warming weather.

Bicycle advocates and public safety officials alike are reminding motorists and bicyclists that not only is it important for the two groups to learn to be courteous with each other on town roads — it’s the law.

“People need to be as familiar with the laws as possible — motorists as well as cyclists — and to act in a predictable and polite way,” said Nancy Grant of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “We are sharing the road. And it is concerning when the conversation becomes polarized.” Read More

Maine Schools Celebrate Bike and Walk to School Month Throughout May! (Press Release)

By | Coalition News, Safe Biking at School

Darcy Whittemore
Program Manager, Maine Safe Routes to School Program
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
(207) 623-4511

Maine Schools Celebrate Bike and Walk to School Month Throughout May!

(Portland, ME) May 1, 2014 – May is Bike and Walk to School Month in Maine and students in over 30 schools from Madawaska to York and from Andover to Machias have announced that they will be celebrating as they commute on foot or by bicycle. A list of activities, dates and locations is available on-line here.
Parents, teachers, students, and volunteers at each school have organized fun and engaging activities such as walking school buses (children walking with adult supervision) and Walking Wednesdays, Footloose Fridays and bike trains (groups bicycling with adult supervision), as well as bike safety rodeos and after-school bike clubs. Some schools will hold one-day celebrations, while others plan walk and bike to school events for a whole month or the entire spring. Read More

"Sundays on the Boulevard" begins in Portland (WCSH)

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — There were walkers, runners, and cyclists, people on scooters and skates on Baxter Boulevard Sunday — all kinds of traffic, except for cars.

Baxter Boulevard, from Vannah Avenue to Payson Park is closed to motor vehicles on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May until November.

It’s for “Sundays on the Boulevard,” a program city officials proposed last fall.

Baxter Boulevard had been closed for a public works project for eight months last year. During that time, people started to use the road as an extension of the Back Cove, walking, running, and recreating where there used to be traffic.

“We had a really good experience last year when we had to close Baxter Boulevard,” said Mayor Michael Brennan. “I don’t see any reason why it won’t become a permanent part of our culture in Portland.”

City planners say they are trying to make the city more pedestrian friendly. An ad hoc committee called the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee is working with the city to create more walk-able, and bicycle friendly spaces.

According to the committee’s chair, Damon Yakovleff, Sundays on the Boulevard is a step in the right direction.

“It’s a way to get people out in large numbers who might not be comfortable riding in traffic,” said Yakovleff.

To mark the first Sundays on the Boulevard, members of the committee did a six mile bike tour with city officials Sunday, riding through Baxter Boulevard and ending at Payson Park.

Sundays on the Boulevard a huge attraction on opening day (Portland Press Herald)

By | Coalition News, Events

Hundreds of people take advantage of the closing of Baxter Boulevard to bike, skate and walk around Back Cove.

By Beth Quimby
Staff Writer

Bikers, walkers, roller skaters and even people who just wanted to sit in lawn chairs on the double-yellow lines took over Baxter Boulevard on Sunday, kicking off the first Sundays on the Boulevard.

Portland city officials and members of the Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee gather Sunday to kick off the Baxter Boulevard closure to vehicular traffic on Sundays.

Every Sunday from May to Nov. 9, the main thoroughfare around Back Cove will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Vannah Avenue and Payson Park.

“It’s a nice, safe space for everyone,” said Christina Bouras of South Portland, a member of a women’s flat-track roller derby league.

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