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February 2017

Bike/Ped Sign Project a Step Closer to Permanence in Bangor

By | Coalition News, Imagine People Here

A Demonstration Project Put Together by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Other Bangor Bike/Ped Advocacy Groups Moves Forward at City Hall
February 24, 2016 – (BANGOR, MAINE) A temporary project that showed the powerful impact clear signage can have on Bangor’s walkability may become permanent after a key City Council committee gave it the thumbs-up.
“By making it easier for people and policy makers to imagine their communities more walkable and bikeable, we can help people see the possibilities and make change less intimidating,” Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Nancy Grant said. “The likelihood of this project becoming permanent demonstrates how powerful this can be.”
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Imagine People Here program creates demonstration projects to show how communities can become more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Last July, the Coalition, working with Bangor’s Walk-n-Roll, the Friends of the Lower Kenduskeag Stream (FOLKS), and several other organizations, installed 52 temporary signs along the two-mile River City Trail. The signage linked the Cross Insurance Center, Waterfront Park, Gomez Park, Pickering Square, West Market Square, Norumbega Park, and the waterfront to create walkable and bikeable connections between Downtown District destination points.
On Feb. 7, the members of the Bangor City Council’s Infrastructure Committee heard the final report on the project’s impact and voted to include funding for permanent signage in the city’s regular budget.
If the permanent installation is approved by the full council, the new signs could go up as early as July.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Announces Annual Award Winners

By | Coalition News, Events

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has announced the winners of its 2017 Annual Awards, honoring eight Maine individuals and organizations for their commitment to making Maine better for biking and walking in 2016.
“Each of these winners exemplifies what is best about cycling in Maine,” Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Nancy Grant said. “Their commitment to their communities, and to making Maine a safer and better place for both cyclists and walkers should not only be recognized, but celebrated. We are proud to honor their efforts.”
This year’s award winners are:

  • Crystal Hitchings: Sally Jacobs Community Spokesperson Award – named after the legendary bicycle advocate from Orono and awarded to a local advocate who has made a significant difference to biking and walking in his or her community. Hitchings received the award for her work on the new Bold Coast Scenic Bikeway, a pilot project that could become a model for developing Scenic Bikeways across the state.
  • Kris Clark: Jeff Miller Spirit of Cycling Award – honoring the first executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and awarded to a Mainer who demonstrates Jeff’s joy in all aspects of biking, Clark received the award for his years of work with the Community Cycling Club of Portland and his continuing support of area bike-related non-profit organizations.
  • Anne Douglass: Next Generation Award – awarded to a person who instills a love, interest and appreciation of bikes in the next generation, Douglass received the award for her commitment to improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists on Deer Isle. (more specifics re: education)
  • The Law Enforcement Collaborative: Just Do It Award – awarded to a Maine individual or organization who exhibits leadership in public service around biking and walking, the Law Enforcement Collaborative received the award for its work to improve bicycle and pedestrian law enforcement in southern Maine communities.
  • Peter Garrett: Harry Faust Leadership Award – named after one of the Coalition’s most dedicated and effective Board Presidents, awarded to a Mainer who has been a true leader in his community to promote more biking, Garrett received the award for his continued advocacy on behalf of cyclists and pedestrians in the Waterville-Winslow area. (more specifics re: trails)
  • Kris Sornberger: Muddy Wheel Award – awarded to a leader in Mountain Biking in Maine, Sornberger received the award for his work to develop the mountain bike trail system in the Orono area.
  • Scott Spaulding: Volunteer of the Year Award – given to a volunteer who has contributed extraordinary time, effort and energy to the Coalition and its mission, Spaulding received the award for his outstanding effort in support of the Coalition’s many different events, including 4 years of volunteering for the full week of BikeMaine.
  • Ransom Consulting: Businesses for Better Bicycling Award – awarded to a Maine business that encourages and supports bicycling within their business and community, Ransom Consulting, a diversified engineering and consulting firm, joined the Bicycle Coalition as a business member in early 2016 and immediately became immersed in the Coalition’s advocacy work. Ransom employees lent expertise to the Coalition’s Imagine People Here program last year, helping design and implement temporary infrastructure installations. In addition to Imagine People Here, Ransom also sponsored the Coalition’s Community Spokes programs in 2016, as well as the Great Maine Bike Swaps.