Posted July 15, 2016, at 4:28 p.m.
Last modified July 18, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
Christened the River City Trail and paid for by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Walk-n-Roll began sign installation in early July. The route stretches more than two miles through five economic hubs in the city’s downtown district. More than 50 signs in black and white are placed on street and lamp posts through Norumbega Park, West Market Square, Pickering Square, Waterfront Park and Cross Insurance Center. The route includes a main path, a scenic route and a spur for bicyclists to Brewer via the Chamberlain Bridge. Walk-n-Roll proposed the concept to city staff and councilors in May, and it was approved in late June. The project also was shared with Downtown Bangor Partnership and the state of Maine.
Walk-n-Roll applied for funds offered through the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Imagine People Here program, which supports local advocates who have great ideas for new infrastructure that increases safety and access for people walking and on bikes. Projects such as bike lanes, sidewalk extensions, crosswalks, mini-parks, wayfinding signage or other local projects are coordinated by the coalition in cooperation with local advocates, organizations and municipal officials. The Bangor project establishes a popular but unmarked path for pedestrians and bicyclists.
“We are thrilled to place one of our 2016 projects in Bangor,” says Jim Tassé, assistant director of the coalition. “We are happy to be working with local advocates who in turn partnered with the city of Bangor to direct residents and visitors alike onto an established trail that simply needs identifying.”
Users who wish to provide feedback may do so at https://www.bikemaine.org/demosurvey. If survey results are positive, the data will make a case for permanent installation of such signage next year.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will host Imagine People Here events this year in Yarmouth and Scarborough. Aside from Bangor’s River City Trail, to date, the coalition has implemented projects in Lewiston and Sanford. These projects will make use of creative materials such as temporary paint, tape, cones, bollards, signs, sandbags and more to demonstrate the value of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
As part of the Imagine People Here projects, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will collect feedback from the public, including walkers, bicyclists and drivers. The public is encouraged to share their thoughts in a short survey at https://bikemaine.org/demosurvey
The River City Trail will be open through Monday, Oct. 31, at all hours, in all weather. It was created in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the city of Bangor.
Walk-n-Roll is a community safety advisory committee devoted to safer walking and cycling in Bangor, Maine. Its goal is to link community needs and Bangor’s resources to current and future infrastructure. This group serves as an ongoing liaison and advisory committee for city staff, elected officials, vested organizations, and businesses for issues relating to non-motorized transit, including equal accessibility of all walking modalities. For more information: www.facebook.com/walknrollbangor or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement. We support biking and walking for health, transportation and recreation. For information, go to bikemaine.org.