To recognize the 6th annual UN Global Road Safety Week (GRSW), the BCM is planning a lineup of events ranging from safety trainings to rides to rodeos for kids!
GRSW will take place from May 17-23, and we’ll be honoring and celebrating it all week long, all across the state! Here’s a look at what’s on tap:
Urban Riding Classes (May 18 + May 20)
Looking to get more comfortable riding in traffic or in urban settings? We’ll teach you when and how to “take the lane,” review proper hand signals and common maneuvers, explain how to avoid crashes, and talk about proper attire. We are offering seven of these classes, with locations in Portland, Bangor, and Orono. For more information on each, and to sign up, click the links below:
Urban Riding Class: Orono Family Bike Adventure (Tue, May 18 @ 5 p.m.)
Urban Riding Class: Biking Bangor with Confidence (Tue, May 18 @ 11:30 a.m.)
Urban Riding Class: Biking Bangor with Confidence (Tue, May 18 @ 5:30 p.m.)
Urban Traffic Riding Class: Getting Comfortable Pedaling Portland (Tue, May 18 @ 11:30 a.m.)
Urban Traffic Riding Class: Getting Comfortable Pedaling Portland (Tue, May 18 @ 5:30 p.m.)
Urban Traffic Riding Class: Getting Comfortable Pedaling Portland (Thu, May 20 @ 11:30 a.m.)
Urban Traffic Riding Class: Getting Comfortable Pedaling Portland (Thu, May 20 @ 5:30 p.m.)
Community Spokes Trainings (May 19 + May 20)
The Community Spokes Program is the BCM’s 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 two online half-day sessions, you will learn how to assess existing bike/ped infrastructure, navigate local bureaucracy, and connect with like-minded individuals.
Wednesday Webinar #8: Almost Every Crash Report You Read is Wrong—and Why that Matters (May 19)
All too often, articles about motor vehicle operator v. bicycle rider/pedestrian crashes use language that puts the fault on the vulnerable user regardless of circumstances. This language can unduly influence a societal narrative that victim-blames people walking and biking. The BCM and special guests from BikeLaw and Streetsblog will discuss the real-life consequences and legal repercussions of crash language, and compare good and bad crash reporting with actual examples in this special, 8 a.m. edition of our Wednesday Webinars.
International Ride of Silence (May 19)
The International Ride of Silence is held on the third Wednesday of May every year. The ride honors vulnerable road users who have been injured or killed by traffic violence while bicycling, raises awareness that bicyclists have a legal right to use the road, and reminds motorists to respectfully share the road with all users.
Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride on Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. Rides are available in the following locations: Andover, Augusta, Lewiston, Rockland, Saco, Portland (AT CAPACITY), and Yarmouth.
Bike to Work Day Workstation Installations (May 21)
We’ll be marking Bike to Work Day by celebrating the installation of three bicycle maintenance workstations around Portland. Beginning at 8 a.m. in Congress Square Park, we’ll be holding demos, answering questions, and handing out safety materials—so stop by and see us on your way to work!
Lincoln Bike Rodeo (May 22)
Join the Events and Tourism Committee, Lincoln Police Department, and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for the Lincoln Bike Rodeo at Veterans Square! In addition to an obstacle course for kiddos aged 4-10, helmets will be handed out, bikes will be raffled off, and there will be a BBQ by the Knights of Columbus.
Coastal Children’s Museum Bike Rodeo – Rockland (May 22)
On May 22 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Coastal Children’s Museum in Rockland will be hosting a free bike safety rodeo! Designed to teach and encourage kids from ages 2-10 to ride bikes safely, the rodeo will include a helmet check, a bike mechanical check, and the chance to ride in a closed traffic skills course that teaches the rules of the road.
We’ve added these events to our calendar, and have more details on the way, so stay tuned!