Off Road Bicycling Education (ORBE) Program

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The Off Road Bicycle Education (ORBE) Program seeks to educate people of all ages on:

  • How to operate mountain bikes in a safe and environmentally sensitive fashion,
  • How to lay out and build sustainable, environmentally conscientious trails that serve the needs of hikers, runners, snowshoers and bicycle riders.

The program seeks to partner with schools to create/support riding programs that engage students with the healthy fun and excitement of off-road trail riding. Schools can participate in just the riding instruction, just the trail building instruction, or both parts of the program.

To request information or a visit,
contact Erik daSilva at: erik@bikemaine.org or (207) 956-6539

On the riding side, the ORBE Program uses a “train the trainer” model to teach school staff or interested volunteers how to lead kids on off-road bicycle rides. Alternatively, the program may also be able to provide an instructor to run classes directly for kids during PE classes or after school. Program visits can be designed to best serve your needs.

Program content includes:

  • Basic bicycle riding technique and safety instruction
  • Basic off-road maneuvers and skills instruction
  • Basic mechanical instruction

NOTE: Bicycles are NOT provided. To participate in the riding portion of the ORBE Program, schools need to either involve kids who have bicycles or have a fleet available for use. Contact Outdoor Sports Institute (not affiliated with BCM) if you are interested in renting a fleet.

On the trail building side, the ORBE program can provide technical assistance to create simple, sustainable multi-use trails according to best practice principles. Trails can be built on school grounds or elsewhere in the community. Trail construction is fun, active, and something kids love to do! Does your school have a wood lot on it? Would you like to work with local landowners? The ORBE Program can help provide you with the info you need to create low-cost, sustainable walking, running, biking and snowshoeing trails using IMBA Trail Design standards and techniques. The ORBE program can help you plan and set up a trail day! Let your students feel the pride of helping to create a long lasting community resource that they get to enjoy as well.

Program content includes:

  • Basic design principles of trails
  • Basic trail layout processes
  • Basic trail construction, including creating corridors, treadways and erosion control features.

We are highlighting schools but this opportunity is open to non-school organizations and folks of all ages too.

To request information or a visit, contact Erik daSilva at:
erik@bikemaine.org or (207) 956-6539

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Safety Education

  • Classroom presentations
  • Bicycle rodeos
  • Instructional rides
  • PE & afterschool programming

Walk & Bike to School

  • One time events
  • Multi week events including a “Walking School Bus”
  • Infrastructure assessment assistance
  • Travel Planning

Youth Off Road Bicycle Education Program

The Youth Off Road Bicycle (ORBE) Program seeks to educate youth on 1. How to operate mountain bikes in a safe and environmentally sensitive fashion, and 2. How to lay out and build sustainable, environmentally conscientious trails that serve the needs of hikers, runners, snowshoers and bicycle riders. This year, the program seeks to partner with schools to create/support riding programs that engage students with the healthy fun and excitement of off-road trail riding. Schools can participate in just the riding instruction, just the trail building instruction, or both parts of the program. Click here to learn more and apply.

Kids Biking Basics

Kids love bikes! Bikes are a child’s first freedom machine, and teach independence to kids while they provide fun physical activity. Riding a bike is one of the most grown up things kids can do, as they are really operating on their own. Click here for tips on how to keep your youngster safe when he or she is riding a bike (NOTE: these tips are intended for kids under the age of 13)

Adult Bike and Pedestrian Education & Resources

For bicycle and pedestrian education and encouragement assistance for youth grades 9-12 as well as adults, visit our Adult Education page.

Event Registration & Presentation Requests

Register a Walk/Bike to School Event (FREE incentives!)

Request presentations, rodeos, or technical assistance

Youth Resources

Be A Safe Bike Driver

Be A Safe Walker

Walk & Bike to School Day Event Checklist

Bike Train Guide

Choosing the Right Helmet

Bicycle Safer Journey – Safe Biking Curriculum

News & Updates

Maine SRTS Blog

2016-2017 Walk & Bike to School Activities List

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For More Information

Darcy Whittemore, Central & Western Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6537
darcy@bikemaine.org

Shannon Belt, Southern Maine Region
Tel: 207-623-4511
shannon@bikemaine.org

Erik daSilva, Eastern & Northern Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6539
erik@bikemaine.org

Jim Tassé
Maine Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Program
Tel: 207-956-6535
jim@bikemaine.org

Patrick Adams
MaineDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Tel: 207-624-3311
patrick.adams@maine.gov

For More Information

Darcy Whittemore, Central & Western Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6537
darcy@bikemaine.org

Shannon Belt, Southern Maine Region
Tel: 207-623-4511
shannon@bikemaine.org

Erik daSilva, Eastern & Northern Maine Region
Tel: 207-956-6539
erik@bikemaine.org

Jim Tassé
Maine Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Program
Tel: 207-956-6535
jim@bikemaine.org

Patrick Adams
MaineDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Tel: 207-624-3311
patrick.adams@maine.gov

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