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Bikes On Board

Support Bikes on Board Amtrak’s Downeaster Train

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has been engaged with the rail authority – NNEPRA, Amtrak, and many other stakeholders as part of a campaign to increase roll-on/roll-off access for bicycles along the Downeaster at all stations. Currently, only Brunswick and Portland accommodate this type of service for passengers with bicycles. At the other four stations in Maine (Wells, Saco, Old Orchard, and Freeport) you may not bring your bike on or off the train unless it’s boxed up. We have been working with a coalition of groups across the country to bring roll-on/roll-off service to every station in Maine.

  • Learn more about our participation in a national campaign to improve Amtrak’s Bikes on Board Policy here.
  • Read our last campaign update from Spring 2014 here.

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Traffic Safety Day at the Capitol

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Traffic Safety Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, April 11, 9am-12pm, Augusta, ME

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is coordinating a Traffic Safety Day at the Capital from 9am-12pm on Tuesday, April 11. Please join us in promoting the Traffic Safety Education Act by meeting with your legislators at the State Capitol and expressing why this act is important to you. We’ll provide you with some training and an opportunity to meet with your legislator right after a session. It’s a fun and empowering event! Here’s what’s on tap:

  • 8 am: Join the Coalition and the Legislature’s Bike/Ped Caucus at the Cross Café (11 Sewall St., Augusta) to discuss biking and walking issues.
  • 9:15-10:30 am: Meet with Coalition members and bike-ped advocates at the Maine DOT building (24 Child St., 1st-floor conference room, Augusta) to go over talking points in support of the bill and receive a brief training about how to effectively communicate with your legislators.
  • 10:45-11:45 am: Meet with your legislators to ask them to vote for the Traffic Safety Education Act!
  • 11:45-12 pm: Debrief, location TBD
  • 12-1 pm: Lunch break (lunch not provided)
  • 1 pm: Attend the legislative hearing on LD 1130, An Act to Provide Traffic Safety Education in Maine Schools in Room 202, Cross Building, Augusta.

Please sign up using the form below. This will ensure that you receive the event details closer to the date.

For more information on the bill, download the Talking Points and check out our Legislative Work page.

To find your legislators in preparation for Traffic Safety Day at the Capitol, follow this link and search by your town.

Hope to see you on April 11th!

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Advocacy Events

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Advocacy Events

We offer ongoing support to BCM’s state-wide network of advocates through Advocacy Events – including Community Spokes trainings, regional network gatherings, and special presentations. These events keep local advocates informed and connected with each other. We also encourage you to attend local public forums, town committee-meetings, MaineDOT public meetings, and similar events in order to speak up for better bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

Upcoming Advocacy Events

Past Events

Community Spokes Training, Waterville

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 8:30am-4:30pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

Community Spokes Training, Machias

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9am-5pm.

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

Community Spokes Training, Camden

Wednesday, November 18, 2016, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

Community Spokes Training, Auburn

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

Legislative Biking and Walking Tour

Thursday, May 7th
Augusta, ME

  • Join the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for a fun and informative bike ride or walk in and around Augusta. 
  • For Riders: An easy ride from the Statehouse to Hallowell and back.
  • For Walkers: A relaxed-paced stroll to the river and back.

Community Spokes Training, Bangor

 Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

The Maine Active Communities Conference

Thursday, September 25th at 8am

Unitarian Universalist Church of Bangor, 120 Park Street, Bangor, ME

  • Join us for the 7th annual Maine Active Communities Conference, a training and celebration of the health and economic benefits of Active Community Environments: the built environment, physical activity, walking, biking, parks, trails and more.
  • Active Community Environments (ACEs) are places where people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to be physically active via recreation and transportation, particularly walking and biking.

Portland PARK(ing) Day

Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 8am to 5pm

  • Businesses, designers, artists, architects, and citizens turn metered parking spaces into temporary public parks for the day.
  • Customers can relax, members of the public can mingle, and people walking by can say “huh?”
  • The hope is that these temporary park installations will foster conversation among citizens about our interactions with and access to public open space in the city, and the amount of publicly-owned space occupied by cars that could perhaps be used for something else.
  • A map of spaces is posted HERE.

The Saco Active Community Forum

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4pm

Saco Transportation Center, 138 Main Street, Saco, ME

  • Are you concerned about walking or biking safely in Saco? Join us for a community forum on safe biking and walking in your community.
  • Share your thoughts on problem areas for walking and biking, and learn about solutions that create active communities.
  • Participating Organizations: The Saco ACE Team, Saco Spirit, The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, The City of Saco Parks and Recreation Department, and the City of Saco Planning Department.
  • Light Food and Refreshments will be Served.
  • Please help us gather information about barriers to walking and biking prior to this event. Fill out the Saco Active Community Survey

Open Streets Westbrook

Saturday, September 6th from 12pm to 5pm

Main Street in Downtown Westbrook

  • Open Streets Westbrook is a safe place for healthy recreation, a place where families, residents, and visitors can be active and meet friends in the heart of our downtown.
  • Walk, Bike, and Play right on Main Street!
  • No Cars – No Traffic – Bike Decoration Station – Dance Classes – Bicycle Skills and Safety Course for Kids – Zumba – Free Bicycle Helmets – Hoola-Hooping – Basic Bike Repair – Hop-Scotch – Fix-A-Flat Workshops – Yoga – Chalk Art – Pedal-Powered Milkshakes

The Sanford Active Community Forum

Thursday, June 12 at 6pm
Sanford City Hall Annex, 917 Main Street

  • Brought to you by the Sanford Active Community Environment (ACE) Team, whose mission is to foster a community environment in Sanford that is safe and inviting for people of all ages to enjoy active lifestyles.
  • Learn about efforts to create safer opportunities to bike, walk, wheelchair, and skateboard in Sanford.
  • Click the link to learn more and RSVP to attend

Dinner and Bikes

SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress Street, Portland, ME

June 9 at 7pm

  • Please join us from 7pm to 10pm for a traveling road show of vegan food and bicycle inspiration.
  • Joshua Ploeg will delight with a vegan and gluten free buffet dinner, Elly Blue will present about Bikenomics and the economic case for bicycling,
  • Joe Biel will show his new feature-length documentary, Aftermass, about the history of bicycle activism in Portland, Oregon.
  • The event is followed with a book signing and time for questions, discussion of local issues, and perusing the traveling bookstore.

The York County Active Communities Network Trails Summit

Wednesday, June 4 at 4pm
Southern Maine Health Care, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford

  • The Summit will feature three Skill-Building Presentations from local trail and land conservation groups.
  • Join us to learn how your own group can overcome right-of-way and landowner issues, and build sustainable and accessible trails.
  • Click the link to learn more and RSVP to attend.

Community Spokes Training, UNE Biddeford Campus

 Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

 

2nd Annual Western Maine ACE Conference

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bethel Inn Resort, 21 Broad Street, Bethel

Hosted by Healthy Oxford Hills

  • Learn more about how you can help change your town into an active community
  • Join the conversation about how to create places that invite people of all ages and abilities to be active

 

Bangor Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Forum

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4pm – 6pm

Coespace, 48 Columbia Street, Bangor

With Jim Tasse of the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program and Alexia Corbett of the Penquis Public Health District Community Transformation Grant Program

  • Are you concerned about walking and biking safety in the Bangor Region? Join us for a forum on safe biking and walking in your community.
  • Share your thoughts on problem areas for walking and biking and get tips on staying safe on the road from the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program
  • Additional Resources: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in the Bangor Region

 

York County Active Communities Network Quarterly Meeting, Sanford

Wednesday January 22, 2014, 4pm – 6pm

  • Join us for the third meeting of the York County Active Communities Network, formerly the York County Bicycle and Pedestrian Network. The meeting and networking event will include:
  • Updates on Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trail Happenings in Communities in York County, including Ogunquit, Sanford, York, and others.
  • An introduction to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Community Spokes Program
  • A Skill-Builder Presentation: “Lower Cost, High Impact: Bikeway Implementation Strategies” by Jim Tasse, Education Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Networking!
  • York County Active Communities Network Meeting Sponsored By: Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, Maine Safe Routes to School Program
  • Additional Resources: Lower Cost, High Impact: Bikeway Implementation Strategies

 

Community Spokes Training, Portland

Wednesday November 6, 2013, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

 

Who Owns the Road? A Complete Streets Workshop, USM Gorham Campus

Monday, October 7, 2013, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

  • Please join us for a presentation by Tom Errico, Director of Traffic Engineering at T.Y. Lin International. Tom Errico has over two decades of experience as a traffic engineer working throughout Maine and New England.
  • Tom’s feature presentation will review options to balance community needs, and share best practices from around the country for improving transportation and active living choices.
  • This Workshop is sponsored by the Cumberland County Public Health and Transportation Coalition, PHiT
  • Additional Resources: Introduction to Complete Streets

 

Community Spokes Network Gathering, Portland

Wednesday September 25, 2013, 5pm to 7pm

 

Community Spokes Regional Meeting, Brunswick

Wednesday May 15, 2013

  • With Tom Errico, Traffic Engineering Director at T.Y. Lin International
  • The What, Why, and How of Complete Streets
  • Additional Resources: Introduction to Complete Streets

 

Community Spokes Training, Ellsworth

Thursday March 28, 2013, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

 

Community Spokes Regional Meeting, Bangor

Wednesday March 27, 2013

  • With Tom Errico, Traffic Engineering Director at T.Y. Lin International
  • The What, Why, and How of Complete Streets
  • Additional Resources: Introduction to Complete Streets

 

Community Spokes Regional Meeting, Saco

Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

  • This event will be a combined education and networking meeting, and will feature a presentation from Tom Errico, engineer at TY Lin International and nationally certified Complete Streets Presenter on the “What, Why and How of Complete Streets”.
  • The gathering will include time and activities to encourage participants to share their successes, questions and challenges.
  • This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Complete Streets, and to get to know folks in the region who are actively working to promote bicycling and walking for community economic development, health, transportation and recreation.
  • Additional Resources: Introduction to Complete Streets

 

Community Spokes Training

Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:30am – 5pm

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 8:30am – 5pm

Wednesday November 2, 2011, 8:30am – 5pm

  • Through the Community Spokes Training Program, local advocates for biking and walking become even stronger movers and shakers in their communities.
  • Additional Resources: Community Spokes Program Description

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Advocacy Webinars

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Advocacy Webinars

Through webinars on topics and issues related to biking and walking, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine keeps Community Spokes and Members informed on what communities around the state and country are doing. These presentations and discussions are also an opportunity for people to connect with experts, and to get ideas for making their communities more bike/ped friendly.

To participate, there’s no need to preregister; just get online and join us here: Join Webinar

June Webinar: Wednesday, June 20th, 2:00 pm, Designing Roads for People

Presenters: Patrick Adams, Transportation Planner, Maine Department of Transportation; Craig Saddlemire, Chair of the Lewiston Auburn Complete Streets Committee

 

2018 Past Webinars

The Desire for a Multi-Modal Transportation System

Wednesday, April 25th at 12 noon

More and more people would like to be able to use public transportation – even in the rural areas of Maine. We heard why it is important to have other modes of transportation for people, and what benefits transportation options bring to communities. Denise Beck of METRO led the discussion on bus transportation in Maine.  METRO has expanded service north to Brunswick, and plans to start routes west of Portland to Gorham.  Tony Donovan of the Maine Rail Transit Coalition discussed the work they are doing to expand passenger trains in Maine.

The Role of Bike/Ped Infrastructure in Economic Development 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 8am

Sidewalks, bike lanes and trails not only increase the quality of life in a community but also give cities and towns economic benefits. We heard how two places in Maine are adding bike/ped infrastructure, and creating trail routes to improve the quality of life and attract bicycle tourism. Jennifer Walker, an active member of the Ogunquit Bike/Ped Committee, discussed how Ogunquit, an established tourist destination, has added bike lanes, crosswalks, and is currently working on a plan for a bike share program in town. Crystal Hitchings shared the work involved in establishing The Bold Coast Scenic Byway, a 125 mile route from Milbridge to Lubec, as a bicycle tourist destination.

Bike Share Programs

Thursday, February 1, 2018 @8:00am

Zizi Vlaun of Norway, Maine and Angela Fochesato of Machias, Maine presented the logistics, planning and management of the bike share programs they started in their communities. These programs are models for rural towns in Maine. Unfortunately, this webinar was not recorded. For more information or advice on starting a bike share program in your community, feel free to contact our presenters:

Zizi Vlaun:  zizi@ecologybasedeconomy.org

Angela Fochesato:  angela@healthyacadia.org

2017 Community Spokes Webinar: BCM’s Education Program: A to Z (Adults to KidZ!)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 8:00am-9:00am

Join us on this webinar to learn what BCM’s education program provides to both adults and kids, and how this helps to strengthen our bicycle community – on and off road. This webinar will cover:

  • Overall scope of education program.

  • Adult opportunities including Bikes for All Mainers, Traffic Skills 101, and League Cycling Instructor certification.

  • Mountain Bike skill building for all ages, and, did you know there was a Maine High School Racing League!?

  • May is National Bike Month and May 10th is National Bike to School Day! Join in the fun!

Featured Speakers:

  • Darcy Whittemore, Education Program Manager, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Erik da Silva, Education Program Coordinator, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Shannon Belt, Education Program Coordinator, Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Additional Resources:

  • A recording of the webinar is available HERE
  • The slides for the webinar are available HERE

Community Spokes Webinar: How to get Involved in the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s 2017 Legislative Agenda

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @12:00-1:00 pm

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is working to pass a bill entitled, “An Act to Provide Traffic Safety Education in Maine Schools.” This bill will ensure that school children from grade two on receive one-hour of age appropriate education on how to use roadways safely. Join this webinar to learn more about this bill and how you can help the effort to pass it in the 2017 legislative session. The details of the bill, as well as tactics for working with your legislators, will be covered in this webinar.

Featured Speaker:

  • Jim Tasse, Assistant Director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Additional Resources:

  • A recording of the webinar is available HERE
  • The slides for the webinar are available HERE
  • More information about the Traffic Safety Education Act can be found HERE
  • Guidance on how to write a Letter the the Editor can be found HERE

Community Spokes Webinar: How Biking and Walking Benefit Maine’s Economy

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 8:00 am-9:00 am

Proactively investing in biking and walking programs, policies, and infrastructure can have positive impacts on the economy. In this webinar, we will outline how three distinct areas of development– tourism, village center infrastructure, and trails– can help Maine’s economy grow. We will hear from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Executive Director, Nancy Grant, who will share the economic impacts that have been realized through the annual BikeMaine bicycle tourism event. Dean Ledbetter, Senior Planning Engineer from North Carolina Department of Transportation, will provide a case study for how a Complete Streets project resulted in positive economic impacts for a small town in North Carolina that shows how we can do the same here in Maine. Dave Cota, Town Manager for Carrabassett Valley, will discuss how the Trail Development Program and Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Festival have, and continue to, benefit his region’s economy to provide a case study to inspire more of this kind of work around the state.

Featured Speakers:

  • Nancy Grant, Executive Director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Dean Ledbetter, Senior Planning Engineer, North Carolina Dept. of Transportation Division 11
  • Dave Cota, Town Manager, Carrabassett Valley

Additional Resources:

  • A recording of the webinar is available HERE
  • The slides for this webinar are available for download HERE

Community Spokes Webinar: MaineDOT’s Complete Streets Policy, An Update

Wednesday June 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) formally adopted a Complete Streets Policy in June 2014. The intent of the policy is to help ensure that all users of Maine’s transportation system including bicyclists, pedestrians, people of all ages and abilities, transit users, and motor vehicle users, have safe and efficient access to the transportation system. How is the agency working to implement the policy, and what progress has been made on Complete Streets projects since the Commissioner signed the policy two years ago?

Featured Speaker: Patrick Adams, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Manager, Maine Department of Transportation, will provide us with a summary and update, and we’ll have plenty of time for questions on this call.

Additional Resources:

Community Spokes Webinar – Boosting Bicycle Tourism in Maine

April 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What is bicycle tourism and how can it help boost Maine’s economy? How can Maine communities, businesses and individuals encourage and promote more bike tourism throughout the state? On today’s call, we’ll hear from Ginny Sullivan from the Adventure Cycling Association about how advocates can highlight the economic benefits of bicycle tourism and how communities can become bike-tourism friendly. Next we’ll hear from Scott Bricker from Travel Oregon and the Oregon Tourism Commission about Travel Oregon’s Bike Tourism Friendly Business program and other ways the agency promotes bike tourism there.

Featured Speakers:

  • Ginny Sullivan – Adventure Cycling Association
  • Scott Bricker – Travel Oregon

Additional Resources:

  • A recording of today’s call is available HERE (Part 1) and HERE (Part 2)
  • The slides from this call area available for download HERE
  • Building Bicycle Tourism Tips Sheet from the Adventure Cycling Association is HERE

Community Spokes Webinar – Teaching Biking and Walking Safety

March 16 @ 8:00 am9:00 am

Ensuring Maine’s bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists have the knowledge and skills to safely share the road is crucial to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s mission. BCM’s education program fields a team of professional educators who provide a local presence in nearly every county of the state and bring programming to nearly 10,000 kids and adults annually!  The work of this team and program participants is one of the reasons Maine has been recognized as a leader in bicycle and pedestrian education.

Instruction types and venues range from school-based presentations to community-wide bicycle rodeos to on-bike skill courses with staff the Maine Department of Transportation office in Augusta.  On this month’s webinar you’ll learn why bicycle and pedestrian safety training is so important, what the different program options are, what age groups they are best suited for, and how to setup an event.

Featured Speakers:

  • Erik Da Silva, Coordinator – The Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program and the Maine Safe Routes to School Program

Additional Resources

Community Spokes Webinar – Launching ‘Imagine Bikes Here’

February 17, 2016 12:00 pm1:00 pm

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is proud to announce the launch of a new campaign, “Imagine Bikes Here.” Throughout 2016 we will work with local advocates and municipal officials to create temporary demonstration projects that improve safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians in communities across the state.

We’ll hear Abby King and Jim Tasse of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine about the “Imagine Bikes Here” campaign in Maine. You’ll learn how you and the groups you work with can submit proposals to build temporary bike and walk-friendly demonstration projects this year.

On this month’s call we’ll be joined by Julie Flynn of Street Plans Collaborative, an urban planning, design, and research/advocacy firm with offices in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. Street Plans is known for advancing innovative practices to test and implement projects for a range of public, private, and non-profit clients. Julie will give us an overview of the “Tactical Urbanism” movement in the U.S. She has led bikeway demonstration projects across the country and will share her experiences with us.

Additional Resources

  • A recording of this call is available HERE
  • See more information on the campaign and an invitation to apply to be part of an Imagine Bikes Here project.
  • View a short video about the project in Burlington Vermont referenced on today’s call.

Webinar: Age-Friendly Communities and Active Transportation

December 16, 2015 from 8am-9am

The vast majority of older adults want to age in place, so they can continue to live in their own homes or communities. Over 17% of Maine’s population is 65 or older and about 21% of Americans 65 or older do not drive. In Maine, we are taking steps to increased mobility options so that older adults don’t have to rely on transportation by personal car.

Keeping older adults in their communities benefits Maine’s economy. When older Mainers can age in place with access to safe transportation facilities including sidewalks and transit, the state and Maine families avoid the high costs of institutional care. And by staying in their hometown neighborhoods our elders can continue to participate in the local economy by working, shopping, and volunteering.

On this month’s call, learn how local active transportation transportation issues dovetail with the needs and priorities of Maine’s aging population.

Featured Speakers:

  • Peter Morelli, AARP Maine Age Friendly Communities Program

Additional Resources

  • A recording of this call is available HERE
  • AARP Livability Fact Sheets available HERE

Webinar: Rural Solutions for Biking and Walking

Oct 21, 2015 from 12pm-1pm

Maine is the most rural state in the nation, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. But the nationwide trend has been toward a growth in urban populations. The same trend is evident in biking and walking innovations – they can sometimes seem increasingly focused on solutions for urban centers.

But by planning, designing, and constructing Complete Streets and working with regional and state transportation partners, communities of all sizes – even rural towns – are able to improve safety and access for bicyclists and walkers. On this month’s call we’ll hear about solutions that can bring about safer streets for the 61 % of Mainers that live in rural areas.

Featured Speakers:

  • Anne Ball, Maine Development Foundation
  • Nick Meltzer, Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Kerry Irons, Adventure Cycling Association

Additional Resources

Webinar: Working With Law Enforcement

Sept 16, 2015 from 8am-9am

On this month’s call we’ll hear from several police officers from across the state about their approach to various aspects of bicycle and pedestrian safety, with an eye towards replicating those programs in your community. How can Maine’s police departments better enforce the 3-foot passing law? What are innovative, positive ways for officers to interact with and educate young bicyclists? What’s going on in the mind of a police officer who is responding to a vehicle crash that involves a bicyclist or pedestrian?

Featured Speakers:

  • Sagadahoc Sheriff Joel Merry – Sagadahoc County Sherriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Frank Clark – South Portland Police Department
  • Deputy Chief David Grover – Scarborough Police Department
  • Chief Stephen Peasley – North Berwick Police Department

Additional Resources: a recording of this call is available HERE

 

Webinar: The MaineDOT’s Complete Streets Policy

April 15, 2015 from 12pm-1pm

On this month’s call we will learn about the Maine Department of Transportation’s “Complete Streets Policy,” officially adopted by the agency in June 2014. What does this policy cover and what will it change? What does the Department’s adoption of this policy mean for state road construction projects in your city or town? More importantly, how can citizens organize to make sure this policy is most effective in their community? We will will hear from:

  • Robert McChesney, Community Spoke and Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. Robert organized a campaign in 2014 to make sure the new Complete Streets policy brought real improvements to a dangerous stretch of Route 1 in Woolwich.
  • Alison Hepler, Woolwich Town Council. Alison helped bring local elected officials on board with the Route 1 Campaign.
  • Paul Niehoff, Senior Planner, Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS). Paul helped plan and execute bicycle and pedestrian improvements to a stretch of East Broadway in South Portland as part of a standard repaving project on this state road.

Additional Resources

Webinar: Biking and Walking Issues at the Maine State Legislature 

January 28, 2015 at 12pm OR February 18, 2015 at 8am

  • On this call, BCM Advocacy Staff Jim Tasse and Abby King will provide an overview of the statewide legislative priorities for bicyclists and pedestrians this year.
  • Staff will summarize BCM’s efforts to pass “An Act to Improve Safety and Clarify Responsibilities of Pedestrians and Bicyclists” and to include funding for bike/ped infrastructure in this year’s transportation bond.
  • Additional Resources:
    • A recording of this call is available HERE
    • Script and Talking Points for Contacting Your Legislators (PDF Download)

Webinar: Funding for Biking and Walking Improvements in Maine Communities

Wednesday, October 15th 2014 from 12pm-1pm

  • On this call we will learn how local groups and committees and the municipalities they work with can find money to fund projects and campaigns or planning and construction of transportation infrastructure.
  • Chris Wolff, Program Officer at the Maine Community Foundation will speak about private sources of funding for groups or committees organizing and campaigning for community improvement efforts like bicycle and pedestrian planning or construction projects .
  • Joan Walton, Regional Transportation Planner at the Androscoggin Transportation Resource Center will speak about how municipalities apply for and receive public funding for local bicycle and pedestrian projects.
  • Abby King, Advocacy Coordinator at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will speak about the challenging funding environment that Maine towns now face, and about how Community Spokes can become advocates for more state funding for bike/ped projects.
  • Additional Resources:
    • A Recording of this call is available HERE
    • BCM’s Snapshot of Funding Sources for Bike/Ped Projects in Maine is HERE
    • Powerpoint Presentation from this call (PDF Download)
    • 10 Tips for Successful Grantwriting (PDF Download)
    • Maine Community Foundation – Competitive Grant Programs (PDF Download)
    • Maine Community Foundation – Community Building Grant Program (PDF Download)
    • The MaineDOT’s Bike/Ped Funding Program webpage is HERE

Mutual Aid Call: ‘3-Feet-Please’ Signage Campaign in Brunswick

Wednesday, August 14, 2014, 12pm – 1pm

Mutual Aid Call: Local Decision-Making

Wednesday, June 11 2014, 4pm – 5pm

  • With Tom Woodin, Town Manager Boothbay; Michelle Gagnon, Town Planner Ellsworth; and Rob Yerxa, Public Works Director Orono
  • This Month’s Call will feature three town officials representing different areas of municipal governance.
  • If you’ve wondered who at your Town Office to reach out to about a project in your community, or who makes the final calls on new projects or programs – join us.  Our panelists will explain their role in their town’s local decision-making process.
  • Additional Resources:
    • A recording of the call is available HERE.
    • Powerpoint slides from the call are HERE.

 

Mutual Aid Call: How to Conduct a Bike Rodeo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 4pm – 5pm

  • With Jim Tasse, Wally Estrella, and Erik DaSilva of the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program
  • Bike safety rodeos are popular community events that actually get kids riding and they are a great complement to the Bike/Ped Safety Education Program.
  • This program offers technical assistance and training in how to coordinate a bicycle rodeo event, including info on who and what you’ll need, how to set up the event stations and how to use a line chalker to draw out a traffic pattern course on which kids can practice the basics of vehicular riding.
  • Additional Resources:

 

Mutual Aid Call: The ABC’s Of Communication: Forming Your Message for the Media

Wednesday February 19, 2014, 5pm – 5pm

  • With Carol Morris, a 25-year veteran Communications Consultant based in Southern Maine.
  • Carol is skilled in helping groups form messages for a variety of audiences, and has particular expertise in the areas of transportation, land use, and the environment.
  • Carol will be speaking about the best approaches local advocates for biking, walking, and active communities can use in the realm of traditional media (TV, Radio, Print) as well as earned media (Op/Eds, Letters-to-the-editor, Editorials)
  • Additional Resources:

 

Mutual Aid Call: Public Health Partnerships in Active Transportation

Wednesday December 18 2013, 7pm – 8pm

  • With Doug Beck, Physical Activity Coordinator at the Maine CDC and Andy Finch, Healthy Maine Partnership Senior Program Manager at the Maine DHHS.
  • The Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMP) are Maine’s local organizations and programs dedicated to promoting health in 27 districts covering the state.
  • Additional Resources:
  • The Maine CDC’s Website for Active Community Environment Teams.
  • Background, suggestions, and guidelines from the CDC on the concept of Active Communities and the creation of committees or teams to promote and advance those concepts: HERE.
  • Synopsis of what HMPs do, and what the Community Transformation Grant Program is doing related to Active Communities and the build environment: HERE.

 

Mutual Aid Call: Inexpensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements

Wednesday October 23, 2013, 8:30am – 9:30am

  • With Bruce Hyman, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator at the City of Portland.
  • We will use this month’s call to review the “Low Cost, High Impact Bikeway Implementation Strategies” presentation given by the City of Portland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator, Bruce Hyman, at our office last month.
  • For those of you who weren’t able to make it to Portland for the presentation but who want feasible and fundable project ideas to take to your community, this call is for you!
  • Additional Resources:

 

Mutual Aid Call:  Celebrating Bicycling and Walking in May

Wednesday April 17, 2013

 

Mutual Aid Call: Part II – Working with State Legislators to Improve Your Community

February 20, 2013

  • On this call we will cover: ABCs of Working with Legislators, Overview of Proposed Changes to Maine’s Bike Laws, Overview of Complete Streets Study Commission, Other Legislative Issues and Items

 

Mutual Aid Call: Working with State Legislators to Improve Your Community

Wednesday December 12, 2012

 

Mutual Aid Call: Maine Safe Routes to School Opportunities for Communities

Wednesday October 24, 2012

 

Mutual Aid Call: Your Experience and Lessons You’ve learned

Wednesday May 9, 2012

 

Mutual Aid Call: Maine Safe Routes to School Opportunities for Communities

Wednesday April 11, 2012

 

Mutual Aid Call: Innovative Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure

Wednesday March 14, 2012

 

Mutual Aid Call: What Does the MDOT Do and How Can it Help You?

Wednesday February 8, 2012

  • With Dan Stewart, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Manager, Maine Department of Transportation; and Jim Fisher, Hancock County Planning Commission

 

Mutual Aid Call: Mobilizing your Community and Engaging your Stakeholders to Support your Project

Wednesday January 11, 2012

  • With Dan Ostreye, Yarmouth Bike/Ped Committee

 

Mutual Aid Call: Federal Transportation Reauthorization

Wednesday December 14, 2011

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Web-Based Tools and Resources

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Web-Based Tools and Resources

As an addition to the printed Community Spokes Toolkit, we offer this guide to online resources to help you and your committee become more effective advocates for walking and biking in your local community.

Active Community Environments

Advocacy Process Guides

Alliance for Biking and Walking – Winning Campaigns Resources

Assessment and Evaluation Tools

Complete Streets

Databases

Design Manuals and Planning Guides

Maine Department of Transportation

Federal Highway Administration

Making the Case for Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements

Economic and Job Creation

Public Health

Environmental

Equity

Off-Road Trails

Planning & Design Visualization Tools

Web Platforms for Civic Projects

Allied Organizations

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Resources – Advocacy in Maine

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The Fundamentals of Bike/Ped Leadership

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The Fundamentals of Bike/Ped Leadership

Do you want to…

Help your town create safer and more welcoming places for biking and walking?

Help jump-start an education program at the local elementary school?

Work on a policy that will make biking and walking conditions safer and better?

The following links will bring you to resources and more information that will help equip you to be a bike/ped champion in your community.

Planning Your Project

Forming a Team or Committee

In the Spokes program, we emphasize the importance of committees and public input. Most advocacy work begins with a single person becoming passionate about an issue and then recruiting like-minded folks to assist in the effort. If you can create a group to help in your efforts, you greatly multiply your effectiveness.

Power Point Presentations

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Advocacy Toolkit

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Community Spokes Online Toolkit

The Community Spokes Toolkit was developed for local advocates trained by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as “Community Spokes.”  These tools are designed for community members who want to make their own cities and towns more bike-and-pedestrian friendly.

The Community Spokes Toolkit is intended to help you create a campaign around any local issues related to bicycling and walking, or to help you provide assistance to others doing similar work. It provides the information you need to coordinate or assist with efforts to promote projects, policies and programs in your community to benefit bicycling and walking.

Much of the process and planning information in this Toolkit comes from the Alliance for Biking & Walking “Winning Campaigns Workbook.” We have customized information from this workbook to better fit the context of working in Maine communities.

This Toolkit is organized into four sections:

Click here to download the Spokes Manual

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Advocacy News

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Advocacy News

Play Everywhere Challenge


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 ... Continue reading

Grants and Community Recreation Program - 2017 Awards Now Open


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. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established to assist federal, state and local ... Continue reading

How to make Lewiston-Auburn safer for crossing the street (L/A Sun Journal)


This article originally appeared on sunjournal.com Amanda Cullen, Staff Writer Lewiston-Auburn | Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:32 pm LEWISTON — More sidewalks and better bike paths were among the solutions to problems with pedestrian travel offered by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Maine Safe ... Continue reading

Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) - Transportation Alternatives Program


The MaineDOT funds large comprehensive road projects that can include bicycle and pedestrian elements like bike lanes and crosswalks through a variety of state and federal sources. But MaineDOT funding for stand-alone bicycle and pedestrian project like a separate sidewalk construction project or multi-use trail are ... Continue reading

Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program


Each year the State of Maine Office of Community Development receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be distributed to eligible Maine communities under the Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program. Some of these funds can be used for physical infrastructure safety improvements ... Continue reading

Regional Councils of Government (COGs)


All organized towns in Maine are part of a Council of Governments, or COG. COGs also serve as the Regional Planning Organizations for their member towns. These regional entities can sometimes provide funding or technical assistance to municipalities that want to create a bike/ped ... Continue reading

Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs)


Maine's four urbanized areas (Portland area, Bangor area, Kittery area, and greater Lewiston-Auburn) are part of Metropolitan Planning Organizations or MPOs. If your community is part of the MPO region it is eligible for planning and construction money through that entity. Municipalities that are ... Continue reading

Mayor Brennan Accepts U.S. Transportation Secretary's Challenge


Portland Mayor Michael Brennan recently accepted the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's 'Mayor's Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets' effort, which challenges city leaders to raise the bar for bicyclist and pedestrian safety. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine brought together partners ... Continue reading

Public Comment on Bangor Waterfront Master Plan


Summary Statement The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization working to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support the creation of well-designed bicycle and pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks, crosswalks, multi-use paths, and bike lanes, wherever possible. Most bike bike ... Continue reading

Maine Cycling Club Supports Bicycle Safety in Lewiston/Auburn


We're happy to share this Guest Post from Joe Pelliccia, A Bicycle Coalition of Maine Community Spoke and Board Member of the Maine Cycling Club, based in Auburn. Maine Cycling Club Supports Bicycle Safety in Lewiston/Auburn As a major effort to support and enhance safe ... Continue reading

Maine Voices: Recent pedestrian deaths remind us roadways are full of vulnerable users (PPH)


This opinion piece originally appeared on PressHerald.com ABOUT THE AUTHORS Lauri Boxer-Macomber, attorney at law, and James Tassé, assistant director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, are both members of the coalition’s Bicycle Law Enforcement Collaborative. The recent tragic and avoidable deaths of two pedestrians in Maine ... Continue reading

Project envisions city becoming bike-friendly (KeepME Current)


This article originally appeared on KeepMECurrent.com [caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Bridgette Kelly with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine paints a figure on a bike in the temporary bike lane the coalition set up last week on Cottage Road in South Portland.[/caption] By Kate Irish ... Continue reading

2015 Legislative Wrap-Up


We've wrapped up an intense and productive legislative session at the State House this year. Thanks to the support of our members and partners we have four big victories to report. 1. The first Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Legislative Caucus convened three times. Sixty state legislators ... Continue reading

Bicycle Coalition talks safety with Bethel residents (Oxford Hills Sun Journal)


This article originally appeared on SunJournal.com MATTHEW DAIGLE, Staff Writer | Oxford Hills Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm BETHEL – The assistant director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine advised selectmen and other residents Monday night that there needs to be some give ... Continue reading

MaineDOT Accepting Applications for Free New 3-Foot Passing Signs


Car drivers must give at least three feet of distance when passing a bicyclist in Maine. To help educate drivers about this law, the MaineDOT is accepting applications for free 3-foot bicycle passing law signs from municipalities that would like to install them on state ... Continue reading

Road Diets Across Maine


  The Bicycle Coalition of Maine and our network of local advocates are becoming increasingly involved with "road diets" or reconfigurations that reduce the number or width of vehicle lanes on roads across Maine. Want to learn more about what a road diet is and how ... Continue reading

BikeShare Taking off in Norway Maine


Community Spokes Scott Vlaun and Seal Rossignol are pleased to report that a new BikeShare program run by the Center for an Ecology Based Economy is taking off in Norway, Maine. Scott, Seal,and their partners are co-founders of the Center for an Ecology ... Continue reading

Woolwich Goes On A Road Diet


Advocates in the small town of Woolwich, Maine worked with residents, neighbors and advocates in neighboring communities, town officials, and the MaineDOT to put Route 1 on a road diet. A road diet reduces the width or number of travel lanes for cars, and thus ... Continue reading

Community Spokes Training - May 20


  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 Mainers to become champions of better biking and walking through advocacy training, education, and ongoing technical ... Continue reading

BCM Comments on Kittery Neighborhood Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan


The Kittery Area Comprehensive Transportation System (KACTS) and the Town of Kittery are working together, with consultants Sebago Technics and Alta Planning + Design, to develop a long-term vision for improving bicycle and pedestrian safety and study bike/ped accommodation along the Route 1 Bypass ... Continue reading

3 Feet - It's The Law


Throughout 2014, communities across Maine have been installing local and state road signs to educate motorists about the law requiring cars to give a minimum of 3-feet of space when passing bicycles and pedestrians. Most recently, four signs were installed in Monmouth - two on local ... Continue reading

COMMUNITY SPOKES CHAMPION EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF MAINE’S 3- FOOT LAW


  In 2007, Maine’s “3-Foot Law” went into effect. The law requires cars to pass bicyclists with “due care” by giving them at least three feet of clearance when passing. In 2013, The Coalition worked with state legislators to pass a bill to ... Continue reading

Western Maine Active Communities Conference (WMACC) Coming Soon!


Do you like biking and walking and you live in Western Maine? We want to meet you at this awesome upcoming FREE conference! The Western Maine Active Communities Conference is for business owners, town managers and planners, school board members and faculty, transportation, public ... Continue reading

Public Comment: Falmouth Route 1 Plan


Nathan A. Poore, Town Manager Town of Falmouth 271 Falmouth Road Nathan: On behalf of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, we’d like to thank you for meeting with members of our staff on Thursday, November 7th to discuss Falmouth’s plans for Route 1 ... Continue reading

ALLEN AFIELD: Give cyclists room (Morning Sentinel)


This article originally appeared in the Morning Sentinel   July 12  ALLEN AFIELD: Give cyclists room  BY KEN ALLEN In June, a truck hit and killed a Massachusetts bicyclist during the Trek Across Maine, making an enormous impression on me for two reasons: * ... Continue reading

Cyclists say there’s a pro-motorist bias when tragedy strikes (BDN)


This article originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News. Cyclists say there’s a pro-motorist bias when tragedy strikes By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff Posted June 25, 2013, at 4:46 p.m. Last modified June 25, 2013, at 7:15 p.m.   BELFAST, Maine — Two weeks ago on a stretch ... Continue reading

Urge your State Senator and Representative to support bike & pedestrian funding!


  Background The Appropriations Committee is currently looking at 30 bonds to issue.  A number of them focus on transportation.  LD 16 asks for $100 million for transportation infrastructure including $5 million for bike/ped projects.  One other proposed bond specifies funding for bike/ped, but ... Continue reading

Coalition Announces Community Spokes Training


The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is going to be offering its “Community Spokes” training on November 13, 2012.  Would you or someone you know like to join us for a day of fun, learning, and planning for a more bike-and walk-friendly Maine? Simply put, the Community Spokes are people ... Continue reading

The Importance of Sharing the Road


An article in the Bangor Daily News about the importance of bicyclists and motorists sharing the road. We all need to share the road By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff Posted July 26, 2012, at 1:08 p.m. FORT KENT, Maine — Those of us who ... Continue reading

PPH Reports Portland Leads Decline in Car Ownership


  Portland at forefront of decline in car ownership Many do it out of necessity, others by choice, but the trend is steady. By Tom Belltbell@mainetoday.com Staff Writer PORTLAND – Three years ago, Janet Burgess was several months behind in the car payments for ... Continue reading

Tips on Sharing Multi-Use Paths


Blood on the bike path: What a tragic accident teaches us about safely sharing the trails By Joel Gwadz A few weeks ago, just outside of Washington, D.C., a woman was hit and killed by a man on a bicycle while walking on a paved ... Continue reading

Bicycling Editorial in Bangor Daily News


Are conservatives engaged in a war on bicycling? By Matt Bernier, Special to the BDN My family has been bicycling a lot lately. For my lovely wife and me, it has been about losing weight and getting in shape to more smoothly round the ... Continue reading

Check out the Coalition's Bike Rodeo at the Celebrate Portland Festival this weekend!


Grab your bikes and join us for the final stop of The 2012 Community Tour at the Celebrate Portland Festival in Payson Park on July 7, 10am-2pm as we say thank you to those who give their hearts, time and skills to strengthen communities. ... Continue reading

Dave Richard, President of Central Maine Cycling Club, talks about the Trek and the Coalition on TV


As someone who rode the Trek this year with his whole family, Dave, President of Central Maine Cycling Club, knows all about bike safety.  Check out this video where he shares his experiences on the Trek and talks about the Coalition's work.  Thanks Dave! ... Continue reading

Volunteer for Bike Valet at LL Bean's 100th Anniversary Saturday July 7th


The Coalition will be managing bike valet parking at LL Bean's 100th Anniversary Hometown Celebration from 10am - 6pm.  Please help us promote bike commuting by volunteering at the event!  Shifts are 2 - 4 hours in length and food and drink will be ... Continue reading

A Great Bike Blog: Pedal On


If you love all things biking and looking for information, events and fun bik-related stories (have you seen the Green Man pedicab driver?) check out, MaineToday's Bike Blog, PedalOn: http://www.pressherald.com/blogs/pedalon ... Continue reading

Bike To Work. Once a Week. For the Planet.


Now that NOAA has officially announced March 2012 the warmest on record, climate change is getting harder and harder to deny. Even skeptics can’t ignore the most obvious evidence of our altered climate: the record-breaking number of extreme weather events in 2011. Last year ... Continue reading

Governor LePage Proclaims May as Bicycle and Pedestrian Month


Governor Paul R. LePage proclaimed the month of May as Bicycle and Pedestrian Month in Maine, and urged all citizens to recognize this observance.  This official proclamation signed by the governor recognizes that bicycling and walking are key components of economically vibrant communities; they ... Continue reading

Bicycle Coalition of Maine highlighted in a Bangor Daily News column


A fun column from the Bangor Daily News referencing the great work of the Coalition: Cycling equals freedom and an excuse to dine well There are many things, people say, that are “just like riding a bicycle.” Among them, happily, is riding a bicycle. ... Continue reading

Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee are helping people Rediscover Cycling


A great article from The Midcoast Forecaster about the work the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee is doing to encourage more cycling in the Bath area.  The 'Rediscover Cycling' class mentioned in this article now has a waiting list! Bath group encourages adults to ... Continue reading

Maine Bicycle Delegation Takes Washington DC by Storm


Guest poster Jim Fisher is a regional planner for Hancock County, serving 37 towns and attended his first National Bike Summit this year. A delegation led by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine descended on Washington, DC for the 2012 National Bicycle Summit on March ... Continue reading

Snowe Receives Award from League of American Bicyclists


Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) received an award Thursday at the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. in recognition of her longtime support of bicycling legislation and her many years as co-chair of the Senate Bike Caucus.  The Bicycle Coalition of ... Continue reading

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Legislative Priorities

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BCM 2019 Legislative Priorities

LD 470 Traffic Safety Education Act

Too many pedestrians and bicyclists are losing their lives on our roads, and in each case these tragedies are almost entirely preventable. LD 470, the Traffic Safety Education Act will help reduce these unacceptable numbers.

The legislation, which would be the first of its kind in the nation, would make sure that every Maine student receives one hour of age-appropriate traffic safety education each year, starting in the second grade.

You can read the bill here.

Read more about why we need this bill here.

There will be a public hearing for this bill on Wednesday, February 13th at 1:00pm. You can help pass this bill by testifying before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee to express your support. If you are unable to attend the hearing, you can still help get his bill enacted by submitting written testimony or calling your legislators and asking them to support it. For more information and to let us know how you will help, please contact Jim Tasse.

Pending Electric Bicycle Legislation

In Maine, electric bicycles lack a specific vehicle classification. This creates confusion and hinders the electric bicycle market for both consumers and retailers. In order to clarify state law and properly regulate electric bicycles like traditional bicycles, it is critical that Maine enact E-Bike legislation. BCM has worked with People for Bikes to draft legislation. Read why this bill is important here.

At this time, the bill is not on the legislative calendar, but we will update the status of the bill as that information becomes available.

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