The BCM commemorates UN Global Road Safety Week each year in May with a full slate of events meant to increase knowledge, skills, and awareness about the importance of protecting vulnerable users on the roads.
We encourage community participation in this effort. Here are some of the past events we have supported:
Urban Bicycling Classes
Join one of the BCM’s nationally-certified bicycle instructors for some tips and answers to questions about riding in traffic. Review when and how to “take the lane,” how to safely make left turns on busy streets, how to avoid being “right-hooked” by drivers, how to equip your bike, what to wear, and more! Content will be adjusted to fit the group’s needs.
International Ride of Silence
Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride to commemorate those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the state coordinator for the Ride of Silence, working with groups and individuals to host a ride in Portland and support rides across the state.
Bike to Work Day
The Portland Public Library; Friends of Congress Square Park; Portland Gear Hub; Portland Bike Party; City of Portland Maine Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department; Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee; CyclingSavvy; and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine host an annual celebration in Congress Square Park with coffee and bagels generously donated by Tandem Coffee Roasters and Rose Foods, as well as bike mechanic demos, safe cycling tips, safety gear giveaways, music to get your day started on the right note, and more!
Curious about bicycle mechanics? Looking to maintain your faithful steed or conduct long overdue TLC? Want to perform a roadside repair and keep that bicycle mojo elevated?
This two-hour session will cover routine maintenance, roadside repairs, and how to perform a basic tuneup, as well as answering any other bicycle-related questions you might have.