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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 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. 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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