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May 2014

Ride for a purpose: Sign up for one of these Maine Charity Rides (

By | Coalition News

By: Karen Beaudoin

Over the course of the summer and fall, there are always too many great rides on the cycling calendar to keep track of. And if you’re new to biking, it may be a bit overwhelming to decide which rides are the ones really worth signing up for.

Here’s a primer for those considering some of the charity rides Maine has to offer from someone who has experience with each of them:

June 1 – Maine Women’s Ride. A product of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (and a fundraiser for the nonprofit), this ride starts and finishes at L.L. Bean’s Casco Conference Center in Freeport. Choose either 10, 25, 50 or 62 miles along quiet roads with both coastal and country views. BCM offers rest stops, snacks and support vehicles and there will be music, massages and free munchies at the finish.

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Community Spokes Celebrate Bike Month!

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

Bike To School Day in Lewiston

  • Bob Rand and Jamel Torres
  • Lewiston, Wednesday May 7
  • Bike To School Day at Geiger Elementary School

Tuesday Night Bike Rides in Wiscassett

  • Bob Bruce
  • Wiscasset, Tuesday Night Rides
  • Rides begin 6pm at Community Center on Route 27/Gardiner Road

Walk and Wheel Wednesdays in Fort Kent

  • Julie Daigle
  • Fort Kent, Every Wednesdays in May
  • Power of Prevention and the Fort Kent Elementary School PTO are collaborating to host an SRTS event at the Fort Kent Elementary School in May: Walk and Wheel Wednesdays. Each Wednesday, weather permitting, they will host a walking/biking school bus for over 350 children who attend the elementary school. Donated incentives for the children to participate range from flashing bike lights from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to bicycles, bicycle helmets, water bottles and gift certificates from a variety of local restaurants.

Bike To Work Day in Norway

  • Angela Harvey, Brendan Schauffler
  • Norway, Friday May 15
  • Bike To Work Day
  • 7:30am outside Green Machine Bike Shop
  • We will have bike powered smoothies and possibly some of Brendan’s famous energy balls as snacks and surveys for bikers to fill out to get info on bike commuting in the area.   We are presenting folks and local businesses with a bike to work week challenge.  The businesses who log the most miles, have the most participants, and the person who bikes the most miles will receive an award and be recognized in local media.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education in Deer Isle

  • Anne Douglass
  • Deer Isle, Tuesday May 20 & Saturday May 31st
  • Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School
  • BPSE Safety Presentations for K-5
  • May 20 – Healthy Island Project has arranged for K-5 bicycle safety sessions at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School. Erik daSilva and Jim Fisher will conduct the sessions.
  • On Sat, May 31st (raindate June 1st) from 3-5pm there will be a bike rodeo in the DISES parking lot. If you don’t have a helmet, we will have some for you to try on and take home. Bikes will be checked over, helmets adjusted, and kids will ride a course designed to help them learn the rules of the road. We could use more volunteers to make this event a successful one. Call the HIP office and leave your name and number or

Charette in Freeport

  • Anne-Marie Davee
  • Freeport, May 31
  • Come share your ideas for Leon Gorman Park in the park on Saturday morning from 9-11 am