By Feb 28 – Sign Up for Free for U Car ShareReminder: U Car Share has arrived in Portland and Green Streeters can sign up for FREE until March 1st! For more info click here
By Feb 28 – Have Bike, Need Rack?
Portland’s Health Initiative asks bikers for help selecting new bike hitch locations – deadline for submitting a request is February 28th. To learn more and for the request form (click here)
Capitol climate action – mass civil disobedience in Washington, DC on March 2. From an open letter from Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben: “There are moments in a nation’s-and a planet’s-history when it may benecessary for some to break the law in order to bear witness to an evil, bring it to wider attention, and push for its correction. We think such a time has arrived, and we are writing to say that we hope some of you will join us in Washington D.C. on Monday, March 2 in order to take part in a civil act of civil disobedience outside a coal-fired power plant near Capitol Hill. Read more
Sign up for March into May!
Join March into May, Healthy Portland’s 10 week, fun, free physical activity promotion program! Help yourself “Get More Out of Life” with increased exercise (and/or get rewarded for the work you’re already doing) – simply join on your own or with a small team. (Walking and biking to work count, too!) To register click here
April 3 – A Town Hall Meeting on The Economy, Healthcare, War, and the Environment
Town Hall Meeting for Maine residents to voice their concerns directly to their elected representatives – focusing on the fragile state of our economy, our fractured healthcare system, our ongoing foreign wars, and the continued threats to our environment. Meant to be as inclusive, non-partisan, and open-minded as possible. Bringing together a wide variety of individual and group interests together to voice our collective concerns to both our Congressional delegation in Washington and our State and Municipal leaders here in Maine. Friday, April 3rd; 6-9:30 (exact hours are subject to potential change.) Hannaford Hall, USM Campus, Portland, ME. All welcome.
(Organizers include: American Friends Service Committee Maine, Food for Maine’s Future, Forest Ecology Network, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Green Horizon Foundation, Maine Campaign for a U.S. Dept. of Peace & Nonviolence, Maine Chapter National Lawyers Guild, Maine Green Independent Party, Maine Toxics Action Coalition, Maine Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, NAACP Portland Branch, Pax Christi Maine, Peace Action Maine, Southern Maine Labor Council, Physicians for a National Healthcare Plan, Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine, WMPG’s “This Better Be Good”, Women in Need Industries)
New Green Streets Promotional Poster!
Download this great new promotional poster (click here) for Portland Green Streets and post it at the office, your favorite public space – wherever! And thanks to Corey Templeton of Portland Maine Daily Photo for designing it!
Winter Saturday or Sunday Getaway to Boston on the Train!
Early Bird Special
Early risers are rewarded on Saturdays and Sundays. Pay just 50% of the full adult fare when departing on train 690 and returning on 695, 697, or 699. Tickets must be purchased at least three days in advance of travel. Please reference promotion code v175. Some blackout dates and restrictions may apply.
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Donate a Bike to the CBC in Biddeford
The Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford needs gently used bikes for its programs that teach bicycle repair to youth and community members. Email the center to find out more about the types of bikes that they can use.
Climate Change Impact of Transportation Planning – Maine Legislative Push
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) will play a leadership role this year in advocating for legislation that asks state agencies to consider the potential climate impacts of long-term state projects, such as highways and schools. Designing and developing communities and roads where we can safely bike and walk is an important first step in reducing Maine’s carbon footprint. This month, BCM joined with representatives from 26 other Maine environmental and public health organizations (collectively known as the Environmental Priorities Coalition) to endorse that bill and several others that will protect Maine’s natural heritage. We’ll keep you updated about the details of this legislation and its progress at the Statehouse. Please encourage your state legislators to support the measures.