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May 8 is National Bike to School Day

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, Safe Biking at School, SRTS

Hundreds of Maine school children will bike or walk to school with family members, school staff and volunteers in celebration of National Bike to School Day on May 8th. Organized events were planned at schools across the state throughout May, which is always National Bike Month.

The Maine Safe Route to School Program can support your event(s) with event announcement posters, walking school bus posters, and incentive stickers. Request promo materials for your event here.
Participants kicked off last year’s ride in record breaking numbers! Thousands of students pedaled their way to school during the 2018 Bike to School Day celebration! Over 3,200 schools across the country, from Maine to Hawaii participated.  Register your school in the national database to join the thousands and remember to share your event plans and photos with #BiketoSchoolDay!

Here are the Maine schools that have submitted 2019 Walk & Bike to School activities:

  • Bangor, Abraham Lincoln School – Daily Walking School Bus
  • Bangor, Downeast School – Daily Walking School Bus
  • Bangor, Vine Street School – Daily Walking School Bus
  • Brunswick, Coffin ES – Monthly Bike or Walk to School
  • Brunswick, Harriet Beecher Stowe ES – Bike or Walk to School on April 26, May 17, June 7
  • Camden, Camden Rockport MS – Bike or Walk To School Day in spring
  • Cape Elizabeth, Pond Cove School – May 8 Bike or Walk To School Day
  • Fort Kent, MSAD27, Bike or Walk to School Day in spring
  • Gray, Gray Recreation Department – May 8 Bike or Walk To School Day
  • Gray, Gray-New Gloucester MS – May 8 Bike or Walk To School Day
  • Norway, Guy E. Rowe School – Daily Walking School Bus
  • Portland, Lincoln MS – May 8 Bike or Walk To School Day
  • Scarborough, Pleasant Hill School -May 8 Bike2School
  • South Portland, Memorial MS – May 8 Bike2School
  • Waterville, Albert S Hall School – The Spring BIG walk to school in May
  • York, Village ES – Walk to school every Wednesday starting in April

Would you like to enhance student walking & biking safety? Please contact us about setting up a Safe Walker and Safe Bicycle Driver educational activity at your school.  We can send an available safety instructor or train you to be the safety expert!  Submit your request here: request.mainebpse.org
We hope to see you walking or biking to school this season!

Twenty-One Maine Communities Awarded Mini-Grants for Building Safer & Stronger Walk & Bike to School Programs

By | Coalition News, Safe Biking at School, Stay Safe

The Maine Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program announced the selection of its 2012 mini-grant recipients last week — a program made possible through the federal Safe Routes to School program with the assistance of several local Healthy Maine Partnerships. Twenty-one schools, municipalities and organizations from across the state will receive $250-$500 to support projects designed to encourage students and their families to safely walk and bicycle to school. The mini-grant activities, some led by students, will occur this spring and, for some communities, continue through Fall 2012.

“We continue to be impressed with how communities can leverage a very small amount of funding and a lot of commitment to develop new programs and to build upon strategies that may already be working well,” said Dan Stewart, the State Safe Routes to School Coordinator at MaineDOT.  “We received three times the number of applications as last year’s process, which is a great sign of the activity and interest in walking and biking for young people around the state – as well as the desire communities have for a variety of transportation options.”

SRTS programs are sustained efforts by schools, parents, schoolchildren, community leaders and local, state, federal and tribal governments to improve safety and enable and encourage more children to walk and bicycle to school.  The Maine Safe Routes to School Program, which serves the state for the federal SRTS program, originally planned to be able to fund up to ten projects. However, due to the generous assistance of several local Healthy Maine Partnerships, as well as the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Program, Maine SRTS was able to award 21 qualified applicants for their community projects.  Funds will be used for everything from student and volunteer safety vests to bicycle helmets to walk and bike-related safety incentives.

All mini-grant projects include at least one safe walking or biking experience for local students and one activity that improves safety and promotes safe walking and bicycling.  Proposed mini-grant activities include bicycle and pedestrian safety education through the school’s physical education curriculum, bike safety rodeos, and after-school bike clubs; school travel planning to evaluate barriers to walking and bicycling, including infrastructure assessments, parent surveys, student travel mode surveys, and safe routes mapping; student-led walk and/or bike safety patrols; walking and bicycling field trips; walk and bike to school events; creation of school bicycle fleets;and work on safety enforcement with local police.

“These mini-grant projects represent a collection of great ideas and great need,” said Nancy Grant, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.  “Maine communities demonstrate tremendous flexibility and creativity in their strategies to improve safety for students walking and biking to school and after-school activities – and that’s what makes the Maine SRTS mini-grant program work so well.”

The 21 selected Maine SRTS Mini-grant recipient program locations and schools are: (for more information on specific planned activities, go to http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=DOT_bikeped_news&id=367855&v=full )

  • Bath, Brunswick, Freeport & Topsham – The Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club working with area elementary and middle schools
  • Bath – Bath Middle School
  • Buxton – Bonny Eagle Middle School – with Coastal Healthy Communities partnering on funding
  • Freeport – Freeport Middle and Mast Landing Elementary Schools
  • Greenville – Nickerson Elementary School
  • Kennebunk – Kennebunk Elementary School, with Coastal Healthy Communities partnering on funding
  • Limestone – Limestone Recreation Center working with Limestone Community School
  • Monmouth – Henry L. Cottrell School
  • Naples – Songo Locks School – with Healthy Lakes Region (CPHC) partnering on funding
  • North Berwick – North Berwick Police & North Berwick and Mary Hurd Schools – with Choose To Be Healthy partnering on funding
  • Norway – Rowe Elementary School
  • Oakland – Atwood Primary School
  • Pittsfield – Vickery Elementary & Warsaw Middle Schools
  • Portland – Longfellow Elementary
  • Richmond – Marcia Buker Elementary School
  • Scarborough – Pleasant Hill Primary School – with Healthy Rivers Region (CPHC) partnering on funding
  • Sebago – Sebago Elementary School – with Healthy Lakes Region (CPHC) partnering on funding
  • Topsham – Mt. Ararat Middle School – with ACCESS Health partnering on funding
  • Westbrook – Canal, Congin, and Saccarappa Elementary Schools – with Healthy Rivers Region (CPHC) partnering on funding
  • Woolwich – Woolwich Central School
  • York – York Police Department & York Middle, Coastal Ridge Elementary, & Village Elementary Schools – with Choose To Be Healthy partnering on funding

First-Ever National Bike to School Day is May 9! Plan to Bicycle to School with Your Child!

By | Events, Featured Posts

New this spring is the first-ever National Bike to School Day Celebration, Wednesday, May 9th – part of 2012 National Bike Month and a wonderful addition to Maine’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Month!   A newly designed national website,  www.walkbiketoschool.org  will be available with more information about Bike to School Day and new event planning resources and tools, including a  GIS-powered walking and bicycling route mapping tool.  A “Win a Bike Rack” contest is also being planned to help build excitement and encourage registration of local events for this inaugural celebration.

Start planning for Bike to School Day:

The Maine Safe Routes to School Program invites you to walk and/or bike to school all spring.  Join the many communities and schools across Maine that plan walking and biking to school activities

We hope to see you biking to school on May 9th!

Kids biking to school