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August 2016

City of Gardiner receives grant from Bicycle Coalition of Maine

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

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GARDINER, Maine — The city of Gardiner is proud to announce it will receive a $12,300 challenge grant from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to support the community’s ongoing bicycle and pedestrian projects, including the extension of the Cobbossee Trail.
This is the first of a series of annual grants, funded by proceeds from the Coalition’s weeklong BikeMaine bicycle tour, that will focus on promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety and infrastructure in past BikeMaine host communities.
After an in-depth review of previous BikeMaine communities, the Coalition decided to award this year’s grant to Gardiner to support the expansion of its Cobbossee Corridor. In 2014, Gardiner played host to more than 300 BikeMaine riders, staff and volunteers, closing Water Street for an intimate meal showcasing the culinary expertise of area restaurants, food from local farms, and providing camping in the scenic Waterfront Park.
During a City Council meeting on Aug. 24, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will formally award the grant to representatives from the city of Gardiner.
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BikeMaine grant one of several Gardiner officials are set to accept Wednesday

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

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Two years ago, Gardiner hosted a dinner for BikeMaine, and now the nonprofit that held the event is repaying the hospitality.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has announced it’s making a $12,300 challenge grant to the city to support its bicycle and pedestrian projects, which includes extension of the Cobbossee Trail.

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By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

Originally posted on
We plucked a narrow-eyed racing cyclist out of retirement and dropped him into the “vacation on two wheels” that is BikeMaine. Can he learn to relax and enjoy the ride?
By Jim Butler
Photographed by Andrew Hetherington


Every epic bike ride really begins the night before, with one all-important preparation. No, not the carbo-loading pasta dinner (though that isn’t a bad idea). It begins with the shave.
Yessir, you’ve got to make those legs smooth for the long road ahead. When you’re a washed-up old racer like me, such habits die hard. So the evening before I take to the saddle for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s seven-day BikeMaine ride, I give myself the full razor treatment. Why? Well, if you crash, you lose less skin (and if you don’t crash once in a while, I’ve always said, you’re not riding hard enough). Plus, at least some studies indicate there’s an aerodynamic benefit. I guess it makes post-ride rubdowns easier too. Okay, I might be grasping at straws here — maybe it’s just an affectation, a sign of full-on competitive cycling geekdom. If so, I plead guilty as charged.
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Maine bike coalition making website of cycle-friendly spots

By | Coalition News

AUGUSTA, Maine —
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is developing an online “Where to Ride Guide” that will seek to provide cyclists with a database of rides and destinations as well as bicycle-friendly businesses.
The Maine Office of Tourism is providing $10,000 toward the effort. The office says the guide will be a “responsive website” that helps cyclists find out where they can ride and what businesses cater to bike riders.
The grant is part of about $58,000 that the Maine Office of Tourism is giving to seven applicants as part of its Tourism Enterprise Marketing Grant program.

BikeMaine and Bold Coast Coffee Launch Hot & Cold Partnership

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News
“Pedaling Coffee, Cycling, and Maine Economic Development”
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Bold Coast Coffee have teamed up for a unique initiative designed to promote BikeMaine 2016, support the non-profit’s mission, and to heighten awareness of Downeast Maine’s Bold Coast region.
The program kicks off with the launch of a signature coffee, roasted and blended especially for cyclists and other sport enthusiasts. Fifty cents from every bag sold will go directly to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and all of the Bold Coast Coffee varieties will have a “BikeMaine Official Coffee” sticker affixed to the package to call attention to the event, as well as the organization.
Additionally, the specially hand-crafted brew will be served exclusively to the 400 riders participating in the annual seven-day adventure as they make their way from Winter Harbor to Eastport and back again this September 10-17.

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“BikeMaine is more than a cycling tour, it’s an exploration of Maine’s people, places, culture and food,” said BikeMaine Event Director, Zach Schmesser. “Partnering with Bold Coast Coffee is a great example of what this event strives to do, highlighting and bringing attention to all the great things that are happening in the State of Maine.”
“We’re passionate about the Bold Coast, and we’re passionate about coffee,” said Troy Quimby, Bold Coast Coffee founder and CEO. “Bicycling is such a dynamic and personal way to truly experience the region. When the Coalition announced that this year’s ride would be ‘Discover The Bold Coast’, we just knew it was something we wanted to support.”
The blend, part of their “Single-Origin Americas Series”, is a combination of Costa Rican, Mexican and Guatemalan beans with a unique range of roast profiles. It is especially crafted for both hot and cold brew. “We had to balance the elevated caffeine of a medium roast with the weight of a darker roast,” explained roaster Taylor Ackley. “It had to start fast and clean in your mouth, and yet hang around for a while, like the house guest you really don’t want to leave. And cold coffee, whether traditionally hot brewed and iced, or cold brewed, is exploding,” he added. “This blend is ideally curated for both methods, which is something quite new for the industry”.
“If cyclists like one thing, it’s good coffee,” said Nancy Grant, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “We are thrilled to partner with Bold Coast Coffee to share their special “Cyclists Blend” with our BikeMaine riders and are incredibly grateful that Bold Coast Coffee is donating a portion of the proceeds to support our mission to make Maine better for bicycling.”
“Cycling and coffee have long enjoyed a favored relationship,” BCC Director of Marketing, Bill Kitchen said. “This just made sense. We are able to share our coffee and our region, while promoting cycling and recreational tourism.”
The showcase blend begins to roll out this week and will be available at retail outlets, gift shops, bike shops, and markets throughout the state, as well as online at
BikeMaine 2016 takes place September 10-17 along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway. Cyclists will travel an average of 55 miles per day for a total of 354 miles and almost 20,000 feet of elevation gain. Riders will overnight in six host communities including Winter Harbor, Millbridge, Jonesport, Machias, Lubec and Eastport.
BikeMaine is an event offered by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a nonprofit organization with more than 5,000 members working to make Maine better through biking and walking. Over the past three years, BikeMaine has brought in over $1m in revenue to the state.
Bold Coast Coffee is a small-batch specialty coffee roaster based in East Machias, Maine. Established in 2014, BCC crafts Maine Roasted™ single-origin coffees that are served and sold throughout New England and online.
For more information contact:
Bill Kitchen – and 774.364.2518
Zach Schmesser – and 207.623.4511

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Valet Volunteers Needed! Beach to Beacon 10k Race – Saturday, August 6!

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

Valet Volunteers Needed! Beach to Beacon 10k Race – Saturday, August 6!

Beach to Beacon is the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s largest Valet Bike Parking event of the year and is a fantastic opportunity to get folks out of their cars and onto their bikes. Last year we had about 250 users over the course of the day and this year we’re growing the service to accommodate up to 400 bikes! With this amount of growth, the Coalition needs more fantastic volunteers like YOU during the event. Volunteering as a Valet Attendant is fun, easy, and a great way to support the Coalition’s mission of making Maine better for biking and walking.

There are three time options for volunteering – Saturday, August 6 – Fort Williams Park:

1. 5:30am-12:30pm (full event)

2. 5:30am-9:00am (1st half)

3. 9:00am-12:30pm (2nd half)

To sign up for a volunteer shift, leave a comment below or email Bridgette Kelly at More info on Valet Bike Parking here.