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May 2016

People For Bikes – Community Grant Program

By | Funding Sources

PeopleForBikes generally holds 1-2 open grant cycles every year. PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs. For advocacy projects, we will fund staffing that is directly related to accomplishing the goals of the initiative. PeopleForBikes accepts requests for funding of up to $10,000.

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Coastal Community Grant Program

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This is a planning assistance program only. Funds may be used for planning, development of regulatory and non-regulatory policies and programs, project implementation, outreach and education. Funds are not available for land acquisition or construction. This program awards $185,000 in funding each year; maximum award is $50,000. Towns have used this program in the past to fund pedestrian trails that increase access to coastal areas. For example, the Town of Yarmouth was awarded funding in 2012 to undertake a feasibility study to identify opportunities for reestablishing pedestrian connections between Main Street, Town Landing and the marinas. Eligible entities include towns in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government. You can access the list and a map of eligible coastal communities HERE.

DOT Municipal Partnership Initiative (MPI)

By | Funding Sources

The state funding contribution for a project will be capped at $500,000 and generally have a state share of 50% or less. This means the municipality has a higher local match. These projects will not go through the normal planning process. Municipalities request an eligible improvement or an addition to the scope of an existing MaineDOT Project.
Shortly thereafter, the Region Engineer meets with the municipal official to scope out the project.  The scoping, approval, agreement, and development processes will be as lean and simple as possible so that a Cooperative Agreement can be signed within 2 months if all goes well.

Play Everywhere Challenge

By | Funding Sources, Speak up for Biking

Grant Applications are Due May 31
KaBOOM! is excited to announce the launch of the Play Everywhere Challenge, a national competition that will award $1 million in prizes for the best ideas that make cities more playable for kids and families.
The Challenge is open to anyone with an idea for creating playful moments in unexpected places – from sidewalks to vacant lots, bus stops to open streets.
For more information and to submit your idea, visit

Public Comment on Striping Changes on Washington Ave and Forest Ave

By | Our Position

Dear Members of the Portland City Council,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed striping changes along Forest Avenue from Morrill Street to Pleasant Avenue and along Washington Avenue from Ocean Avenue to Presumpscot Street.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization that works to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support projects and polices that create safe and welcoming places for those traveling on foot or bike.
We are writing to support the proposed changes to the road configuration, parking, signage, and pavement markings. These changes will improve safety for all road users on two important travel corridors. Washington Avenue and Forest Avenue are critical missing sections of Portland’s bicycle network. The changes proposed will increase transportation options on a major travel corridor at minimal to no cost, since they are being done in conjunction with city paving and striping projects this summer.

Our members and supporters want streets in their neighborhood that are friendly and welcoming to bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users, car drivers, children on their way to school, older adults who need more time to cross the street, and families that want the streets near their homes to balance the needs of all users – not just prioritize motor vehicle traffic speed and capacity.
Again, thank you for the opportunity to comment. Sincerely,
Jim Tasse
Assistant Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Abby King
Advocacy Manager
Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Mainers Urged to Dust Off Their Bikes

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

This article originally appeared on

It’s National Bike Month, and Mainers have the chance to help their children learn the rules of the road and also dust off their own bikes. (Mike Clifford)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It’s National Bike Month, an opportunity for Mainers to support a fun and environmentally friendly way to get around.
Brian Allenby, communications director with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, says there are plenty of reasons for Mainers to dust off their bikes and get back on the road for this national evemt that promotes the health and environmental benefits of riding a bike.
“Especially in Maine, the weather is finally getting nice,” he states. “Great time to think about commuting, start thinking about how you are going to ride over the summer.”
One of the biggest Bike Month events in Maine happens on May 20. It’s called
Beers and Gears night at the Portland Museum of Art. It will take a detour from the usual and offer free valet parking for those arriving by bike.
There also will be a bike rodeo this weekend sponsored by the Bangor Police Department.
“So, they’ll actually set up a whole course in a parking lot,” Allenby points out. “They’ll line it as if it’s a set of streets with signage and everything, and the kids go through the course, learn about following the rules of the road, learn about following signage and learn about hand signals when they are turning – and also learn bike handling. ”
For those not rushing to cross the finish line, there also is a Slow Ride planned by Lunar Cycling Bangor on May 14.

Grants and Community Recreation Program – 2017 Awards Now Open

By | Funding Sources, Speak up for Biking

The Grants and Community Recreation Program within the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is pleased to announce that the application period is now officially open for the 2017 grant awards.
LWCFThe Land and Water Conservation Fund was established to assist federal, state and local governments in the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreation facilities. The funding can provide up to 50% of the allowable costs for approved acquisition or development projects for public outdoor recreation.
To learn more about the current LWCF program, to view the updated application materials, or to find contact information for the program manager, please visit the Maine LWCF grant website.

Recreation Trails Program – Applications Due Sept 30 2016

By | Funding Sources

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a program of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF).  RTP funds are available once per year, they are used for trail construction and maintenance. The application deadline for this round of all grants available under RTP is 5pm Friday, September 30, 2016.

  • RTP funds three types of projects: motorized trails, non-motorized, a combination of these two, and educational elements to trail projects. 30% of total program funds are for non-motorized uses.
  • This is federal transportation funding. It requires a 20% local match. The local share may consist of cash or state-approved donations of labor and/or materials.
  • For much more information and to apply for funding, visit
  • More info is also attached.  For Questions about this funding stream, contact: Doug Beck, (207)

Letter of Support for Swift River Bridge Project

By | Our Position

Doug Beck
Outdoor Recreation Supervisor
Bureau of Parks and Lands
124 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
Dear Mr. Beck,
On behalf of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, I am writing to support the Rumford/Mexico Active Community Environment (ACE) Team’s application for Recreational Trail Program funding to build a bridge over the Swift River.  We have been involved with local active transportation and recreation efforts throughout Oxford County, including in Rumford/Mexico, since October 2012 and we have long-standing, trusted relationships with a number of members of the ACE Team.
The proposed bridge will connect a residential neighborhood near Mexico’s downtown with the Swift River Walking Trail, Hosmer Athletic Complex, and Mountain Valley High School in Rumford. This will create a valuable link for biking and walking between the two towns. It will welcome and invite more high school students to walk or bike to school and keep them safer. It could encourage more use of the many fields and playing courts at the athletic complex and the popular walking trail, leveraging the value of those assets to the community.  
As you know, Oxford County struggles with low physical activity rates, which are linked with low access to physical activity resources. Projects like the Swift River Bridge will increase the access to walking and biking facilities in the area that will help improve health and wellness in the region. This project will support biking and walking as healthy behaviors for all community members, and especially for high school students who could build physical activity into their daily schedules with an active commute.
As Advocacy Manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, I am committed to helping promote the Swift River Bridge project through our website and social media outlets to our members and supporters in order to increase awareness and use of the bridge.
Thank you very much for considering this proposal for RTP funding from the Rumford/Mexico Active Community Environment Team. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine supports the proposal and believes it will significantly benefit the local community and the overall health and well-being of the people of Oxford County.
Abby King
Advocacy Manager