The Community Spokes Program is the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s effort to create a statewide network of bicycle and pedestrian advocates at the local level. We empower residents to become champions—or “Community Spokes”—of better biking and walking in their cities and towns.
Through training, education, and ongoing technical support, you too can become part of a growing coalition of people working to improve biking and walking conditions in Maine. In just one day-long session, you will learn how to assess existing bike/ped infrastructure, navigate local bureaucracy, and connect with like-minded individuals. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided at the session, which also includes an interactive site visit.
We currently have more than 160 Spokes representing all of Maine’s 16 counties, but are always looking to add more.
Who are Community Spokes?
- People who believe biking and walking brings economic, health, environmental, and transportation benefits to individuals, communities, and the state.
- Residents or organizations who want to get involved in making their community more bike/ped-friendly.
What do Community Spokes do?
- Provide a voice for bicycle and pedestrian interests at public meetings and events.
- Learn from and support their fellow Spokes around the state.
- Work with neighbors and decision-makers to promote bike/ped infrastructure, policies, and programs.
What does the Bicycle Coalition of Maine provide for Community Spokes?
- One all-day training in addition to regional advocacy events throughout the year.
- Ongoing assistance to Spokes and their committees in the form of trainings, communications, administration, strategic advocacy, and more.
- An online advocacy toolkit and numerous other resources for effective advocacy work in Maine.
- Outreach and educational materials for use at community events.
- A complimentary one-year membership to the BCM.
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