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The Great Maine Bike Swap's season kickoff (Fox23 Bangor)

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This article originally appeared on FoxBangor.com
ORONO – With the weather warming up this might be the perfect time to go buy an affordable bike.
People in the Bangor Area had the opportunity to buy used bikes at the uUniversity of Maine over the weekend.
Prices depended on the value of the bicycles. A chance to find a new bike and also a chance for people to get rid of bikes that are no longer needed.
“They’re just trying to get bikes out of their garage they’ll price their bikes really competitively or they may not know necessarily how much their bike is worth. So you can find some real awesome deals. But we also have people are really experienced that want to sell their bikes but also want to make some money off of it.” said Outreach and Education specialists Bridgette Kelly.
The event was held at the school’s recreation center.
Students attending UMaine had free admission to the event.

Great Maine Bike Swap held at UMaine Loading (WLBZ 2 – Video)

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This story originally appeared on WLBZ2.com
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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Cyclists trying to bike on a budget this spring could trade their old bike for a new one in Orono.
The 16th annual Great Maine Bike Swap came to the University of Maine’s campus this year.
More than 400 bikes were up for grabs. Prices ranged from the hundreds to just $40.
The event is put on annually by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, who says the goal of the event is to promote bike and pedestrian safety, along with getting more bikes into the community.
“The mission really is to get affordable bikes into the hands of Mainers. Our mission at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine is to make Maine better for bicycling and walking and a part of that is definitely making sure that people who don’t usually have access to bikes have access to them and so this event is just one way in which we’re able to drive that mission forward,” said Bridgette Kelly, outreach and education specialist for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
Another bike swap event will be held May 1st in Portland.
 

Westbrook Hosts First Open Streets Event (Press Release)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Abby King – Bicycle Coalition of Maine – 207-740-8753 – abby@bikemaine.org

Westbrook Hosts First Open Streets Event

A Car-Free Community Celebration in the Street

WESTBROOK, Maine. The first “Open Streets Westbrook” Event is planned for Saturday in the heart of downtown. The City of Westbrook will close a quarter mile of Main Street to car traffic on Saturday September 6th from 12pm – 5pm on Main Street between Bridge Street and Pleasant Street.
For five hours this Saturday, Westbrook’s Main Street will become a safe, open area that will allow adults and their children to walk, bike, run, dance, skateboard, roller-blade, and otherwise meet and engage actively with their friends and neighbors  – without worrying about traffic. Similar events have taken place in over 100 cities and towns across the country, including Portland, with great success. Read More

MAINE LOBSTER RIDE & ROLL READY FOR ITS 13TH TRIP ALONG THE COAST ON JULY 20 (PPH)

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This article originally appeared on pressherald.com

Posted: July 11, 2014

MAINE LOBSTER RIDE & ROLL READY FOR ITS 13TH TRIP ALONG THE COAST ON JULY 20

Written by: Karen Beaudoin – Press Herald web editor – kbeaudoin@mainetoday.com

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine knows how to put on a great ride.

The organization has proven that over and again with a variety of pedaling events and the annual Lobster Ride & Roll is at the top of the list. If you need proof you can either get on your bike and ride it or listen to the folks at Bicycling Magazine, who picked the 2013 ride as one of the top 10 centuries in the country.

The Ride & Roll offers six routes (100 mile, 80 mile, two 50 mile options, 30 mile, 15 mile) that pass through Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George, Port Clyde, Owl’s Head, Rockport, Camden, Lincolnville, Searsmont and Hope. After the ride, participants will enjoy a fresh Maine lobster roll lunch, with vegetarian and tuna options available.

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Maine Riders Reminder: Leave Your Car At Home on Friday (MaineToday.com)

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In case you’ve forgotten, here’s your reminder about how you’re getting to work on Friday: Pack a bag with your dress shoes, cuff up your pants leg and bring your bike lock because it’s Bike to Work Day.

Since the forecast calls for clouds and wind with a couple showers you may also need a rain jacket, but, in Maine, cyclists are used to dealing with a little bit of questionable weather. The high is expected to hit 64 degrees so at least you should need to bundle up.

Both Portland and South Portland plan on rewarding those who saddle up and ride to work with events planned along with the Bicycle Coalition of MaineHealthy PortlandEastern Trail Alliance and East Coast Greenway Alliance.

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Western Maine Active Communities Conference (Press Release)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 13, 2014
RE: Western Maine Active Communities Conference Planned
CONTACT: Brendan Schauffler, Healthy Oxford Hills, 207-890-8675 brendan@healthyoxfordhills.org
2014 WMACC LogoThe Western Maine Active Communities Conference will take place on Thursday, May 22nd at the Bethel Inn Resort at 21 Broad Street in Bethel. The free event will offer valuable information regarding how to transform towns into active communities that invite and encourage biking, walking, trail use, and other physical activity opportunities.
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Bike to Work Day!

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Join us for National Bike to Work Day!

The Coalition is gearing up for our annual Bike To Work Day events and we want you to be part of the fun.
Are you already a year round commuter who feels like every day is bike to work day? This event is for you!
Are you someone who has considered riding, but wants more information and a little push to get over the hump? This event is for you!
Are you someone who has a neighbor or friend who would enjoy biking to work? Bring them along, this is event is for you!
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Sundays on the Boulevard a huge attraction on opening day (Portland Press Herald)

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Hundreds of people take advantage of the closing of Baxter Boulevard to bike, skate and walk around Back Cove.

By Beth Quimby bquimby@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Bikers, walkers, roller skaters and even people who just wanted to sit in lawn chairs on the double-yellow lines took over Baxter Boulevard on Sunday, kicking off the first Sundays on the Boulevard.

Portland city officials and members of the Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee gather Sunday to kick off the Baxter Boulevard closure to vehicular traffic on Sundays.

Every Sunday from May to Nov. 9, the main thoroughfare around Back Cove will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Vannah Avenue and Payson Park.

“It’s a nice, safe space for everyone,” said Christina Bouras of South Portland, a member of a women’s flat-track roller derby league.

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Parking spaces give way to artistic whimsy in Portland (PPH)

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This article originally appeared in the Portland Press Herald.

Parking spaces give way to artistic whimsy in Portland

By Gillian Graham ggraham@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND – Cars and delivery trucks passed within feet of her workbench Friday morning as Rebecca Smith bent over the portrait she was sketching.

Taking place in nearly 200 cities around the world, people take over parking spaces for to hang out and have fun.

Smith was lost in concentration as her subject, Maine College of Art student Jodi Ferry, enjoyed a brief break in a miniature park that temporarily took over a small patch of asphalt on a busy stretch of Congress Street.

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