Advocacy Webinars

Through webinars on topics and issues related to biking and walking, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine keeps Community Spokes and Members informed on what communities around the state and country are doing. These presentations and discussions are also an opportunity for people to connect with experts, and to get ideas for making their communities more bike/ped friendly.

To participate, there’s no need to preregister; just get online and join us here: Join Webinar

June Webinar: Wednesday, June 20th, 2:00 pm, Designing Roads for People

Presenters: Patrick Adams, Transportation Planner, Maine Department of Transportation; Craig Saddlemire, Chair of the Lewiston Auburn Complete Streets Committee


2018 Past Webinars

The Desire for a Multi-Modal Transportation System

Wednesday, April 25th at 12 noon

More and more people would like to be able to use public transportation – even in the rural areas of Maine. We heard why it is important to have other modes of transportation for people, and what benefits transportation options bring to communities. Denise Beck of METRO led the discussion on bus transportation in Maine.  METRO has expanded service north to Brunswick, and plans to start routes west of Portland to Gorham.  Tony Donovan of the Maine Rail Transit Coalition discussed the work they are doing to expand passenger trains in Maine.

The Role of Bike/Ped Infrastructure in Economic Development 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 8am

Sidewalks, bike lanes and trails not only increase the quality of life in a community but also give cities and towns economic benefits. We heard how two places in Maine are adding bike/ped infrastructure, and creating trail routes to improve the quality of life and attract bicycle tourism. Jennifer Walker, an active member of the Ogunquit Bike/Ped Committee, discussed how Ogunquit, an established tourist destination, has added bike lanes, crosswalks, and is currently working on a plan for a bike share program in town. Crystal Hitchings shared the work involved in establishing The Bold Coast Scenic Byway, a 125 mile route from Milbridge to Lubec, as a bicycle tourist destination.

Bike Share Programs

Thursday, February 1, 2018 @8:00am

Zizi Vlaun of Norway, Maine and Angela Fochesato of Machias, Maine presented the logistics, planning and management of the bike share programs they started in their communities. These programs are models for rural towns in Maine. Unfortunately, this webinar was not recorded. For more information or advice on starting a bike share program in your community, feel free to contact our presenters:

Zizi Vlaun:

Angela Fochesato:

2017 Community Spokes Webinar: BCM’s Education Program: A to Z (Adults to KidZ!)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 8:00am-9:00am

Join us on this webinar to learn what BCM’s education program provides to both adults and kids, and how this helps to strengthen our bicycle community – on and off road. This webinar will cover:

  • Overall scope of education program.

  • Adult opportunities including Bikes for All Mainers, Traffic Skills 101, and League Cycling Instructor certification.

  • Mountain Bike skill building for all ages, and, did you know there was a Maine High School Racing League!?

  • May is National Bike Month and May 10th is National Bike to School Day! Join in the fun!

Featured Speakers:

  • Darcy Whittemore, Education Program Manager, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Erik da Silva, Education Program Coordinator, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Shannon Belt, Education Program Coordinator, Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Additional Resources:

  • A recording of the webinar is available HERE
  • The slides for the webinar are available HERE

Community Spokes Webinar: How to get Involved in the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s 2017 Legislative Agenda

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @12:00-1:00 pm

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is working to pass a bill entitled, “An Act to Provide Traffic Safety Education in Maine Schools.” This bill will ensure that school children from grade two on receive one-hour of age appropriate education on how to use roadways safely. Join this webinar to learn more about this bill and how you can help the effort to pass it in the 2017 legislative session. The details of the bill, as well as tactics for working with your legislators, will be covered in this webinar.

Featured Speaker:

  • Jim Tasse, Assistant Director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Additional Resources:

  • A recording of the webinar is available HERE
  • The slides for the webinar are available HERE
  • More information about the Traffic Safety Education Act can be found HERE
  • Guidance on how to write a Letter the the Editor can be found HERE

Community Spokes Webinar: How Biking and Walking Benefit Maine’s Economy

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 8:00 am-9:00 am

Proactively investing in biking and walking programs, policies, and infrastructure can have positive impacts on the economy. In this webinar, we will outline how three distinct areas of development– tourism, village center infrastructure, and trails– can help Maine’s economy grow. We will hear from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Executive Director, Nancy Grant, who will share the economic impacts that have been realized through the annual BikeMaine bicycle tourism event. Dean Ledbetter, Senior Planning Engineer from North Carolina Department of Transportation, will provide a case study for how a Complete Streets project resulted in positive economic impacts for a small town in North Carolina that shows how we can do the same here in Maine. Dave Cota, Town Manager for Carrabassett Valley, will discuss how the Trail Development Program and Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Festival have, and continue to, benefit his region’s economy to provide a case study to inspire more of this kind of work around the state.

Featured Speakers:

  • Nancy Grant, Executive Director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Dean Ledbetter, Senior Planning Engineer, North Carolina Dept. of Transportation Division 11
  • Dave Cota, Town Manager, Carrabassett Valley

Additional Resources:

  • A recording of the webinar is available HERE
  • The slides for this webinar are available for download HERE

Community Spokes Webinar: MaineDOT’s Complete Streets Policy, An Update

Wednesday June 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) formally adopted a Complete Streets Policy in June 2014. The intent of the policy is to help ensure that all users of Maine’s transportation system including bicyclists, pedestrians, people of all ages and abilities, transit users, and motor vehicle users, have safe and efficient access to the transportation system. How is the agency working to implement the policy, and what progress has been made on Complete Streets projects since the Commissioner signed the policy two years ago?

Featured Speaker: Patrick Adams, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Manager, Maine Department of Transportation, will provide us with a summary and update, and we’ll have plenty of time for questions on this call.

Additional Resources:

Community Spokes Webinar – Boosting Bicycle Tourism in Maine

April 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What is bicycle tourism and how can it help boost Maine’s economy? How can Maine communities, businesses and individuals encourage and promote more bike tourism throughout the state? On today’s call, we’ll hear from Ginny Sullivan from the Adventure Cycling Association about how advocates can highlight the economic benefits of bicycle tourism and how communities can become bike-tourism friendly. Next we’ll hear from Scott Bricker from Travel Oregon and the Oregon Tourism Commission about Travel Oregon’s Bike Tourism Friendly Business program and other ways the agency promotes bike tourism there.

Featured Speakers:

  • Ginny Sullivan – Adventure Cycling Association
  • Scott Bricker – Travel Oregon

Additional Resources:

  • A recording of today’s call is available HERE (Part 1) and HERE (Part 2)
  • The slides from this call area available for download HERE
  • Building Bicycle Tourism Tips Sheet from the Adventure Cycling Association is HERE

Community Spokes Webinar – Teaching Biking and Walking Safety

March 16 @ 8:00 am9:00 am

Ensuring Maine’s bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists have the knowledge and skills to safely share the road is crucial to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s mission. BCM’s education program fields a team of professional educators who provide a local presence in nearly every county of the state and bring programming to nearly 10,000 kids and adults annually!  The work of this team and program participants is one of the reasons Maine has been recognized as a leader in bicycle and pedestrian education.

Instruction types and venues range from school-based presentations to community-wide bicycle rodeos to on-bike skill courses with staff the Maine Department of Transportation office in Augusta.  On this month’s webinar you’ll learn why bicycle and pedestrian safety training is so important, what the different program options are, what age groups they are best suited for, and how to setup an event.

Featured Speakers:

  • Erik Da Silva, Coordinator – The Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program and the Maine Safe Routes to School Program

Additional Resources

Community Spokes Webinar – Launching ‘Imagine Bikes Here’

February 17, 2016 12:00 pm1:00 pm

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is proud to announce the launch of a new campaign, “Imagine Bikes Here.” Throughout 2016 we will work with local advocates and municipal officials to create temporary demonstration projects that improve safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians in communities across the state.

We’ll hear Abby King and Jim Tasse of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine about the “Imagine Bikes Here” campaign in Maine. You’ll learn how you and the groups you work with can submit proposals to build temporary bike and walk-friendly demonstration projects this year.

On this month’s call we’ll be joined by Julie Flynn of Street Plans Collaborative, an urban planning, design, and research/advocacy firm with offices in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. Street Plans is known for advancing innovative practices to test and implement projects for a range of public, private, and non-profit clients. Julie will give us an overview of the “Tactical Urbanism” movement in the U.S. She has led bikeway demonstration projects across the country and will share her experiences with us.

Additional Resources

  • A recording of this call is available HERE
  • See more information on the campaign and an invitation to apply to be part of an Imagine Bikes Here project.
  • View a short video about the project in Burlington Vermont referenced on today’s call.

Webinar: Age-Friendly Communities and Active Transportation

December 16, 2015 from 8am-9am

The vast majority of older adults want to age in place, so they can continue to live in their own homes or communities. Over 17% of Maine’s population is 65 or older and about 21% of Americans 65 or older do not drive. In Maine, we are taking steps to increased mobility options so that older adults don’t have to rely on transportation by personal car.

Keeping older adults in their communities benefits Maine’s economy. When older Mainers can age in place with access to safe transportation facilities including sidewalks and transit, the state and Maine families avoid the high costs of institutional care. And by staying in their hometown neighborhoods our elders can continue to participate in the local economy by working, shopping, and volunteering.

On this month’s call, learn how local active transportation transportation issues dovetail with the needs and priorities of Maine’s aging population.

Featured Speakers:

  • Peter Morelli, AARP Maine Age Friendly Communities Program

Additional Resources

  • A recording of this call is available HERE
  • AARP Livability Fact Sheets available HERE

Webinar: Rural Solutions for Biking and Walking

Oct 21, 2015 from 12pm-1pm

Maine is the most rural state in the nation, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. But the nationwide trend has been toward a growth in urban populations. The same trend is evident in biking and walking innovations – they can sometimes seem increasingly focused on solutions for urban centers.

But by planning, designing, and constructing Complete Streets and working with regional and state transportation partners, communities of all sizes – even rural towns – are able to improve safety and access for bicyclists and walkers. On this month’s call we’ll hear about solutions that can bring about safer streets for the 61 % of Mainers that live in rural areas.

Featured Speakers:

  • Anne Ball, Maine Development Foundation
  • Nick Meltzer, Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Kerry Irons, Adventure Cycling Association

Additional Resources

Webinar: Working With Law Enforcement

Sept 16, 2015 from 8am-9am

On this month’s call we’ll hear from several police officers from across the state about their approach to various aspects of bicycle and pedestrian safety, with an eye towards replicating those programs in your community. How can Maine’s police departments better enforce the 3-foot passing law? What are innovative, positive ways for officers to interact with and educate young bicyclists? What’s going on in the mind of a police officer who is responding to a vehicle crash that involves a bicyclist or pedestrian?

Featured Speakers:

  • Sagadahoc Sheriff Joel Merry – Sagadahoc County Sherriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Frank Clark – South Portland Police Department
  • Deputy Chief David Grover – Scarborough Police Department
  • Chief Stephen Peasley – North Berwick Police Department

Additional Resources: a recording of this call is available HERE


Webinar: The MaineDOT’s Complete Streets Policy

April 15, 2015 from 12pm-1pm

On this month’s call we will learn about the Maine Department of Transportation’s “Complete Streets Policy,” officially adopted by the agency in June 2014. What does this policy cover and what will it change? What does the Department’s adoption of this policy mean for state road construction projects in your city or town? More importantly, how can citizens organize to make sure this policy is most effective in their community? We will will hear from:

  • Robert McChesney, Community Spoke and Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. Robert organized a campaign in 2014 to make sure the new Complete Streets policy brought real improvements to a dangerous stretch of Route 1 in Woolwich.
  • Alison Hepler, Woolwich Town Council. Alison helped bring local elected officials on board with the Route 1 Campaign.
  • Paul Niehoff, Senior Planner, Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS). Paul helped plan and execute bicycle and pedestrian improvements to a stretch of East Broadway in South Portland as part of a standard repaving project on this state road.

Additional Resources

Webinar: Biking and Walking Issues at the Maine State Legislature 

January 28, 2015 at 12pm OR February 18, 2015 at 8am

  • On this call, BCM Advocacy Staff Jim Tasse and Abby King will provide an overview of the statewide legislative priorities for bicyclists and pedestrians this year.
  • Staff will summarize BCM’s efforts to pass “An Act to Improve Safety and Clarify Responsibilities of Pedestrians and Bicyclists” and to include funding for bike/ped infrastructure in this year’s transportation bond.
  • Additional Resources:
    • A recording of this call is available HERE
    • Script and Talking Points for Contacting Your Legislators (PDF Download)

Webinar: Funding for Biking and Walking Improvements in Maine Communities

Wednesday, October 15th 2014 from 12pm-1pm

  • On this call we will learn how local groups and committees and the municipalities they work with can find money to fund projects and campaigns or planning and construction of transportation infrastructure.
  • Chris Wolff, Program Officer at the Maine Community Foundation will speak about private sources of funding for groups or committees organizing and campaigning for community improvement efforts like bicycle and pedestrian planning or construction projects .
  • Joan Walton, Regional Transportation Planner at the Androscoggin Transportation Resource Center will speak about how municipalities apply for and receive public funding for local bicycle and pedestrian projects.
  • Abby King, Advocacy Coordinator at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will speak about the challenging funding environment that Maine towns now face, and about how Community Spokes can become advocates for more state funding for bike/ped projects.
  • Additional Resources:
    • A Recording of this call is available HERE
    • BCM’s Snapshot of Funding Sources for Bike/Ped Projects in Maine is HERE
    • Powerpoint Presentation from this call (PDF Download)
    • 10 Tips for Successful Grantwriting (PDF Download)
    • Maine Community Foundation – Competitive Grant Programs (PDF Download)
    • Maine Community Foundation – Community Building Grant Program (PDF Download)
    • The MaineDOT’s Bike/Ped Funding Program webpage is HERE

Mutual Aid Call: ‘3-Feet-Please’ Signage Campaign in Brunswick

Wednesday, August 14, 2014, 12pm – 1pm

Mutual Aid Call: Local Decision-Making

Wednesday, June 11 2014, 4pm – 5pm

  • With Tom Woodin, Town Manager Boothbay; Michelle Gagnon, Town Planner Ellsworth; and Rob Yerxa, Public Works Director Orono
  • This Month’s Call will feature three town officials representing different areas of municipal governance.
  • If you’ve wondered who at your Town Office to reach out to about a project in your community, or who makes the final calls on new projects or programs – join us.  Our panelists will explain their role in their town’s local decision-making process.
  • Additional Resources:
    • A recording of the call is available HERE.
    • Powerpoint slides from the call are HERE.


Mutual Aid Call: How to Conduct a Bike Rodeo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 4pm – 5pm

  • With Jim Tasse, Wally Estrella, and Erik DaSilva of the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program
  • Bike safety rodeos are popular community events that actually get kids riding and they are a great complement to the Bike/Ped Safety Education Program.
  • This program offers technical assistance and training in 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 riding.
  • Additional Resources:


Mutual Aid Call: The ABC’s Of Communication: Forming Your Message for the Media

Wednesday February 19, 2014, 5pm – 5pm

  • With Carol Morris, a 25-year veteran Communications Consultant based in Southern Maine.
  • Carol is skilled in helping groups form messages for a variety of audiences, and has particular expertise in the areas of transportation, land use, and the environment.
  • Carol will be speaking about the best approaches local advocates for biking, walking, and active communities can use in the realm of traditional media (TV, Radio, Print) as well as earned media (Op/Eds, Letters-to-the-editor, Editorials)
  • Additional Resources:


Mutual Aid Call: Public Health Partnerships in Active Transportation

Wednesday December 18 2013, 7pm – 8pm

  • With Doug Beck, Physical Activity Coordinator at the Maine CDC and Andy Finch, Healthy Maine Partnership Senior Program Manager at the Maine DHHS.
  • The Healthy Maine Partnerships (HMP) are Maine’s local organizations and programs dedicated to promoting health in 27 districts covering the state.
  • Additional Resources:
  • The Maine CDC’s Website for Active Community Environment Teams.
  • Background, suggestions, and guidelines from the CDC on the concept of Active Communities and the creation of committees or teams to promote and advance those concepts: HERE.
  • Synopsis of what HMPs do, and what the Community Transformation Grant Program is doing related to Active Communities and the build environment: HERE.


Mutual Aid Call: Inexpensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements

Wednesday October 23, 2013, 8:30am – 9:30am

  • With Bruce Hyman, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator at the City of Portland.
  • We will use this month’s call to review the “Low Cost, High Impact Bikeway Implementation Strategies” presentation given by the City of Portland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator, Bruce Hyman, at our office last month.
  • For those of you who weren’t able to make it to Portland for the presentation but who want feasible and fundable project ideas to take to your community, this call is for you!
  • Additional Resources:


Mutual Aid Call:  Celebrating Bicycling and Walking in May

Wednesday April 17, 2013


Mutual Aid Call: Part II – Working with State Legislators to Improve Your Community

February 20, 2013

  • On this call we will cover: ABCs of Working with Legislators, Overview of Proposed Changes to Maine’s Bike Laws, Overview of Complete Streets Study Commission, Other Legislative Issues and Items


Mutual Aid Call: Working with State Legislators to Improve Your Community

Wednesday December 12, 2012


Mutual Aid Call: Maine Safe Routes to School Opportunities for Communities

Wednesday October 24, 2012


Mutual Aid Call: Your Experience and Lessons You’ve learned

Wednesday May 9, 2012


Mutual Aid Call: Maine Safe Routes to School Opportunities for Communities

Wednesday April 11, 2012


Mutual Aid Call: Innovative Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure

Wednesday March 14, 2012


Mutual Aid Call: What Does the MDOT Do and How Can it Help You?

Wednesday February 8, 2012

  • With Dan Stewart, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Manager, Maine Department of Transportation; and Jim Fisher, Hancock County Planning Commission


Mutual Aid Call: Mobilizing your Community and Engaging your Stakeholders to Support your Project

Wednesday January 11, 2012

  • With Dan Ostreye, Yarmouth Bike/Ped Committee


Mutual Aid Call: Federal Transportation Reauthorization

Wednesday December 14, 2011

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