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September 2014

Despite rain, city’s big weekend deemed successful

By | Coalition News

WESTBROOK – The city and its event organizers and volunteers are decompressing this week following a flurry of weekend events that brought thousands of people to Westbrook. And while rain did dampen turnout for the city’s first open-street event, organizers of both BikeMaine and Mudderella, a sister to Tough Mudder, say they were pleased with how things went.
Abby King, the advocacy coordinator for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the organization behind BikeMaine and the open-streets event, said Saturday afternoon during a lull in activity that the idea proved a success for families taking advantage of the Main Street closure.
“We were definitely really busy,” she said, adding that a lot of kids used the “rodeo course,” decorated their bikes, and participated in dance and yoga classes.
While King said it was hard to say how many people came through, she was confident that it was least a couple hundred.
“For this being the first year, I think we had a great turnout,” she said. “I talked to a lot of people who were really excited to be able to walk and bike through the streets on a Saturday.”
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Portland Celebrates PARK(ing) Day 2014 (Press Release)

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Portland Celebrates PARK(ing) Day 2014
Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed as public space

September 17, 2014, Portland, ME — On Friday, Portland artists, businesses, activists, and citizens will participate in an international event called “PARK(ing) Day,” temporarily transforming more than ten downtown parking spaces into public parks and social spaces.
Originally invented in 2005 by a San Francisco art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the public spaces of our streets, and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure.
“PARK(ing) Day is about showing people what can happen if we start thinking about streets as public spaces for people, not just cars,” says Abby King, Advocacy Coordinator at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “Today we are transforming parking spots into fun, safe, community-oriented parks because we’re able to take cars out of the equation for just a little while.” Read More

Westbrook Hosts First Open Streets Event (Press Release)

By | Coalition News, Events

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Abby King – Bicycle Coalition of Maine – 207-740-8753 – abby@bikemaine.org

Westbrook Hosts First Open Streets Event

A Car-Free Community Celebration in the Street

WESTBROOK, Maine. The first “Open Streets Westbrook” Event is planned for Saturday in the heart of downtown. The City of Westbrook will close a quarter mile of Main Street to car traffic on Saturday September 6th from 12pm – 5pm on Main Street between Bridge Street and Pleasant Street.
For five hours this Saturday, Westbrook’s Main Street will become a safe, open area that will allow adults and their children to walk, bike, run, dance, skateboard, roller-blade, and otherwise meet and engage actively with their friends and neighbors  – without worrying about traffic. Similar events have taken place in over 100 cities and towns across the country, including Portland, with great success. Read More