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Smart Cycling & Walking

Screenshot 2016-08-25 10.34.00Stay in-the-know on how you can make biking and walking better for the youth in your community!

The Maine Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program generates a monthly newsletter to keep schools, parents, and communities abreast on:

  • local youth bike and walk success stories,
  • exciting SRTS program updates,
  • upcoming webinars,
  • and timely funding opportunities to improve biking and walking conditions for youth.

Check out our archive for inspiration and SIGN UP below to subscribe.

Apr 2019 – National Bike to School Day
May 8 is Bike to School Day
Keeping our Students Safe
National SRTS Survey
Mar 2019 – Request Safety Education
Become a Certified Instructor
Invite an Instructor to your Classroom

Jan 2019 – New Yr Resolutions
Reducing Driving Distractions
2018 SRTS Education Recap
Trending Towards Less Crashes
Nov 2018 – Turkey Season
Walk to School Day Recap
Community Spokes Training
National SRTS
Resources

Oct 2018 – (FUN)d Your Walk
America Walks Grant
Walk to School Day
Community Surveys
Sept 2018 – Walk to School Day
Walk to School Day
Safety Rodeos, Classes, etc
Traffic Calming Projects

June 2018 – Bike & Walk to School Followup
Bike2School Followup
Bike Trains!
Maine’s Report Card
Conduct a Walking Audit
Apr 2018 – Get Ready, May is National Bike Month
National Bike Month
Distracted Driving Awareness
Map Your Walk
Great Maine Bike Swap

Mar 2018 – Put a SPRING in your bike & step!
Become a Certified Instructor
WSB News
Make Streets Safer
Jan 2018 – Channel Your Inner Supermoon!
Winter Walking PSA
Bicycle Friendly Communities
Bicycle Outdoor Leadership Training
Become a Certified Instructor

Nov 2017 – Gobble Gobble SRTS
Improve School Drop-off and Pick-up
New Bicycle Track in Bath
Empowering Students Through Bicycle-Mechanics
Sept 2017 – Walk’tober
October is Walk to School Month
Take a Kid Mtn. Biking
Smart Cycling Courses
Focus on Driving when Driving

Aug 2017 – Welcome Back to School!
Be Safe with the Start of School
The “6 E’s”
Coming up: Walk to School Day
May 2017 – Nat’l Bike Month
Celebrating Bike Month
SRTS Maps
Donate for DownEast

April ’17 – Don’t be a Distracted Driver
Distracted Driving
National Bike Month
Bike Swap!
Mar 2017 – Be Green!
Educate & Celebrate
Do the Dutch Reach

Feb 2017 – Love for Walking & Biking
New Safety Videos,
New WSB Schools,
Next Generation Award,
Walking in a Winter Wonderland,
Stay Upright on Ice
Jan 2017 – Happy New Year!
Imagine People Here Proposal
Maine DOT “Your Speed” Signs
Winter Walking & Biking Tips
Be Smart, Be Alert – Walk Safe Tips

Event Registration & Presentation Requests

Register a Walk/Bike to School Event (FREE incentives!)

Request presentations, rodeos, or technical assistance

Youth Resources

Be A Safe Bike Driver

Be A Safe Walker

Walk & Bike to School Day Event Checklist

Bike Train Guide

Choosing the Right Helmet

Bicycle Safer Journey – Safe Biking Curriculum

News & Updates

Maine SRTS Blog

2016-2017 Walk & Bike to School Activities List

SRTS Newsletter Archive

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For More Information

Darcy Whittemore, Central & Western Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6537
darcy@bikemaine.org

Shannon Belt, Southern Maine Region
Tel: 207-623-4511
shannon@bikemaine.org

Erik daSilva, Eastern & Northern Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6539
erik@bikemaine.org

Jim Tassé
Maine Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Program
Tel: 207-956-6535
jim@bikemaine.org

Patrick Adams
MaineDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Tel: 207-624-3311
patrick.adams@maine.gov

For More Information

Darcy Whittemore, Central & Western Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6537
darcy@bikemaine.org

Shannon Belt, Southern Maine Region
Tel: 207-623-4511
shannon@bikemaine.org

Erik daSilva, Eastern & Northern Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6539
erik@bikemaine.org

Jim Tassé
Maine Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Program
Tel: 207-956-6535
jim@bikemaine.org

Patrick Adams
MaineDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Tel: 207-624-3311
patrick.adams@maine.gov

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Bike Maine Swap 2018

627

507

$195

200

Bicycles
Registered

Bikes
Sold

Average
Bike Price

Volunteers

The Maine Cyclist icon

The Maine Cyclist

Read the latest issue of the bicycling and pedestrian magazine of Maine.

Smart Cycling & Walking

By | Education & Safety

Smart Cycling & Walking

We offer ongoing opportunities for individuals and groups to gain training and certification in Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Education (BPSE).
Click below to jump to:

  • Rodeo & Instructor Webinars – These 1 hour online trainings are offered FREE of charge several times per year.
  • Traffic Skills 101 – Learn how to ride in traffic, hone in on some specific information and techniques, and refresh your knowledge as a skilled rider. This course is offered for FREE.
  • League Cycling Instructor (LCI) – The LCI training seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques used with future students both on the road and in the classroom.



Webinar – BPSE Instructor Training
Monday, Jan 7, 2019, 9:00-10:00am
Monday, Mar 11, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019, 8:00-9:00am
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 7:00-8:00pm
Summer Schedule TBD

Register for a BPSE Instructor Training Webinar

We’ll review the basics for teaching students how to walk safely and how to drive their bicycles safely. The course will give you the tools to help your friends, family, students, co-workers, and community ride and walk more safely. This Instructor Training webinar will cover:

  • The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s safety presentation, which is delivered to over 10,000 Maine students annually.
  • A brief background of why teaching safe walking and bicycling is important.
  • Guidance and tips for presenting the materials to others.
  • How to differentiate the course for older and younger audiences.

Register for a BPSE Instructor Training Webinar




Webinar – How to Conduct a Bike Rodeo
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm
Monday, Apr 22, 2019, 8:00-9:00am
Monday, May 13, 2019, 7:00-8:00pm
Summer Schedule TBD

Register for a Rodeo Training Webinar

  • Bike safety rodeos are popular community events that actually get kids riding and they are a great complement to other Bike/Ped Safety Education Programs.
  • In this webinar you will learn 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 “driving”.

Register for a Rodeo Training Webinar




Traffic Skills 101 is still a fantastic course that can serve as a way to learn how to ride in traffic, hone in on some specific information and techniques, and refresh your knowledge as a skilled rider.Traffic Skills 101 is the prerequisite to becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI).  This course is offered for FREE!

Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 – Bangor
Saturday April 27, 9am-3pm
Learn more and register for the Bangor course HERE.

Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 – Kittery
Saturday May 4, 9am-3pm
Learn more and register for the Kittery course HERE.




Become a League Cycling Instructor! – Portland
Fri-Sat, June 7-9
$350 (scholarships available)

  • The BCM is coordinating the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) “League Cycling Instructor” (LCI). The LCI certification is nationally recognized and prepares a person to teach Safe Cycling classes to children and adults. LCI candidates must have already completed Traffic Skills 101 before they attend the LCI seminar.
  • Certified instructors are active within the bicycling community, are covered by the LAB liability insurance, and are qualified to contract with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for bike/ped safety instructor work at a rate of $30/hour.
  • Learn more and register for the Portland LCI Seminar HERE.

Event Registration & Presentation Requests

Register a Walk/Bike to School Event (FREE incentives!)

Request presentations, rodeos, or technical assistance

Youth Resources

Be A Safe Bike Driver

Be A Safe Walker

Walk & Bike to School Day Event Checklist

Bike Train Guide

Choosing the Right Helmet

Bicycle Safer Journey – Safe Biking Curriculum

News & Updates

Maine SRTS Blog

2016-2017 Walk & Bike to School Activities List

SRTS Newsletter Archive

SIGN UP NOW FOR SRTS NEWS

For More Information

Darcy Whittemore, Central & Western Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6537
darcy@bikemaine.org

Shannon Belt, Southern Maine Region
Tel: 207-623-4511
shannon@bikemaine.org

Erik daSilva, Eastern & Northern Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6539
erik@bikemaine.org

Jim Tassé
Maine Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Program
Tel: 207-956-6535
jim@bikemaine.org

Patrick Adams
MaineDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Tel: 207-624-3311
patrick.adams@maine.gov

Optional Callout Bar

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Bike Maine Swap 2018

627

507

$195

200

Bicycles
Registered

Bikes
Sold

Average
Bike Price

Volunteers

The Maine Cyclist icon

The Maine Cyclist

Read the latest issue of the bicycling and pedestrian magazine of Maine.

Education – Getting Started!

By | Education & Safety

Education – Getting Started!

Why Safe Routes to School?maine_safe_routes_logo

Starting a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is an opportunity to make walking and biking to school safer for school children grades K-8 and to increase the number of those children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs:

  • ease traffic congestion, enhance student transportation choice, and save school districts money on busing costs
  • boost academic performance and improve classroom behavior
  • increase student physical activity levels and help address Maine’s high childhood obesity rate
  • decrease carbon emissions and air pollution – subsequently decreasing childhood respiratory events

Register a Walk/Bike to School Event! Registering your event helps to communicate how important this work is!  The information collected from these registrations allows the program to track the vast number of diverse biking and walking events around the state. See our one-pager, Plan a Walk or Bike to School Event for help planning your next event.


Order promotional and incentive materials – By registering your local bike and walk events with the Maine SRTS Program, you are eligible to receive FREE promotion and incentive materials to support your event.


Bicycle and pedestrian safety presentations – The SRTS Program offers FREE interactive 40-50 minute presentations on bike/walk safety to schools, YMCAs, boy/girl scout troops, and other events; emphasis on youth grades 3-6.


Technical assistance with bike rodeos – Bike safety rodeos are popular community events that actually get kids riding! The SRTS program offers technical assistance and training in how to coordinate a bicycle rodeo event. Emphasis on grades K-4. Some restrictions apply. Your group is REQUIRED to provide a local volunteer organizer, a minimum of 6 volunteers, traffic cones, and crushed lime. Check out our Draft Bicycle Rodeo Resource to learn more.


Apply to the Off Road Bicycle Education (ORBE) Program – this program seeks to educate people on 1. How to operate mountain bikes in a safe and environmentally sensitive fashion, and 2. How to lay out and build sustainable, environmentally conscientious trails that serve the needs of hikers, runners, snowshoers and bicycle riders.


One-time Instructional Rides – The SRTS Program provides Ride Leader training for one-time on-road, mountain, and trail bike rides; in some cases a SRTS program instructor will be provided as the Ride Leader.  Emphasis on grades 6-8. Bikes & helmets not provided.


K-8 Safety Education Resources and Videos – Check out the sidebar for Youth Education Resources you can use to promote safe biking and walking among youth in your classroom and community.


Promote your bike and walk to school events through the Maine Safe Routes to School Blog. Email your event updates and photos to your regional SRTS representative.


Basic Technical Assistance from SRTS Staff – SRTS Staff are available for calls and in-person meeting to help you implement your safe biking and walking initiatives. Email your regional SRTS representative to set up a call; their contact information is in the sidebar.

Safe Routes to School News & Updates

  • Maine Walking School Bus Program – Lessons Learned The Maine Walking School Bus (WSB) Program worked with nine different elementary schools over five years to help them start and run daily WSBs. We learned a few things along the way – check out the Lessons Learned here!
  • National Walk to School Day is Oct. 10th! Hundreds of Maine school children will walk or bike to school with family members, school staff and volunteers in celebration of National Walk to School Day on October 10th. Organized events are planned at schools across the state throughout October, Continue Reading
  • May 9 is National Bike to School Day Hundreds of Maine school children will bike or walk to school with family members, school staff and volunteers in celebration of National Bike to School Day on May 9th. Organized events were planned at schools across the state throughout May, which is Continue Reading

Safety Education

Youth Education photo

  • Classroom presentations
  • Bicycle rodeos
  • Instructional rides
  • PE & afterschool programming

Walk & Bike to School

Youth Education photo

  • One time events
  • Multi week events including a “Walking School Bus”
  • Infrastructure assessment assistance
  • Travel Planning

Youth Off Road Bicycle Education Program

Youth Off Road Bicycling Education Program graphicThe Youth Off Road Bicycle (ORBE) Program seeks to educate youth on 1. How to operate mountain bikes in a safe and environmentally sensitive fashion, and 2. How to lay out and build sustainable, environmentally conscientious trails that serve the needs of hikers, runners, snowshoers and bicycle riders. This year, the program seeks to partner with schools to create/support riding programs that engage students with the healthy fun and excitement of off-road trail riding. Schools can participate in just the riding instruction, just the trail building instruction, or both parts of the program. Click here to learn more and apply.

Kids Biking Basics

Kids Biking Basics graphicKids love bikes! Bikes are a child’s first freedom machine, and teach independence to kids while they provide fun physical activity. Riding a bike is one of the most grown up things kids can do, as they are really operating on their own. Click here for tips on how to keep your youngster safe when he or she is riding a bike (NOTE: these tips are intended for kids under the age of 13)

Adult Bike and Pedestrian Education & Resources

For bicycle and pedestrian education and encouragement assistance for youth grades 9-12 as well as adults, visit our Adult Education page.

Event Registration & Presentation Requests

Register a Walk/Bike to School Event (FREE incentives!)

Request presentations, rodeos, or technical assistance

Youth Resources

Be A Safe Bike Driver

Be A Safe Walker

Walk & Bike to School Day Event Checklist

Bike Train Guide

Choosing the Right Helmet

Bicycle Safer Journey – Safe Biking Curriculum

News & Updates

Maine SRTS Blog

2016-2017 Walk & Bike to School Activities List

SRTS Newsletter Archive

SIGN UP NOW FOR SRTS NEWS

For More Information

Darcy Whittemore, Central & Western Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6537
darcy@bikemaine.org

Shannon Belt, Southern Maine Region
Tel: 207-623-4511
shannon@bikemaine.org

Erik daSilva, Eastern & Northern Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6539
erik@bikemaine.org

Jim Tassé
Maine Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Program
Tel: 207-956-6535
jim@bikemaine.org

Patrick Adams
MaineDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Tel: 207-624-3311
patrick.adams@maine.gov

For More Information

Darcy Whittemore, Central & Western Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6537
darcy@bikemaine.org

Shannon Belt, Southern Maine Region
Tel: 207-623-4511
shannon@bikemaine.org

Erik daSilva, Eastern & Northern Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6539
erik@bikemaine.org

Jim Tassé
Maine Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Program
Tel: 207-956-6535
jim@bikemaine.org

Patrick Adams
MaineDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Tel: 207-624-3311
patrick.adams@maine.gov

Bike Maine Swap 2018

627

507

$195

200

Bicycles
Registered

Bikes
Sold

Average
Bike Price

Volunteers

The Maine Cyclist icon

The Maine Cyclist

Read the latest issue of the bicycling and pedestrian magazine of Maine.