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Sign In Here Now & This Month’s Incentives – Green Streets Day, This Friday, May 29th!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
St. Luke's Celebrates the Blessing of the Bicycles, May 17th

St. Luke's Celebrates the Blessing of the Bicycles, May 17th

The leaves are out, the days are long – enjoy going green out there this month!

Sign in now (click here) – Please take a minute and sign in now (and every month!) if you plan to walk, bike, take public transit, carpool, and/or telecommute this Green Streets Day – Friday, May 29th. (Click here and scroll down our main page to see who qualifies as a Green Streeter – anyone can do it!)

And find the Green Streets Sponsor nearest you with this great map! And/or read the rest of this entry for the freebies, discounts, and raffle items from local businesses – for those in Greater Portland who:

  • Wear Green (shirt, pants, socks, whatever!)
  • and Get Around Green (walk, bike, take transit, carpool, telecommute, etc.) on Green Streets Day!

As always – please e-mail us photos of you (& any other folks!) getting around green at PortlandGreenStreets@yahoo.com!

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Portland Green Streets – New, Improved, and Incorporated

Monday, May 25th, 2009

PGS Advisor Mary Anne Higgins (CIEE) at PGS Advisor Brad McCurtain's Others! Gelato Cafe - for last summer's Downtown Gelato Challenge party

PGS Advisor Mary Anne Higgins (CIEE) at PGS Advisor Brad McCurtain's Others! Gelato Cafe - for last summer's Downtown Gelato Challenge party

Portland Green Streets has officially incorporated with the state of Maine!  A  creative grassroots movement, Green Streets is re-organizing its efforts to reach more people and achieve its mission to “increase the use of alternate transportation in Greater Portland – through social networking, web-based communications and information, advocacy, and monthly celebratory incentives.”

This winter Portland Green Streets convened an Advisory Group made up of representatives from local businesses, neighborhoods, and interested organizations – in order to better define the goals of Green Streets and create a stronger group dedicated to PGS’ interests. Green Streets Advisors include people from the following businesses and organizations: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Goodwill of Northern New England, The Maine Switch, METRO, North Star Cafe, Others! Gelato Cafe, Portland Public Health Division, Portland Trails, UNUM, and more.

As part of the process, dedicated Green Streeters have also formed interest-based volunteer groups – such as, Marketing & Communications, Events & Outreach, Leadership & Volunteer Capacity, and Finance.

Portland Green Streets owes its success to site coordinators and monthly participants like you!  If you would like to become more involved in our volunteer efforts, please email portlandgreenstreets@yahoo.com.

Photos & Notes from Green Streeters – April & May

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Leana Good-Simpson (pictured left) from Portland writes:

“This is very rewarding and seeing people walking versus cars is great. I love the fresh cool air.”

Tom Tracy works out of his home and uses his bike to get around to meetings and shopping in the Portland area. He writes:

“When the carton of eggs fell off the ridiculously over-packed box of groceries on my bike, only 4 cracked and all but one were salvaged! Sorry, no video available! Are there any bike packing tutorials available?”

Feel free to post helpful packing tips for Tom!

Mike Popovic, (pictured right, mid-winter) a 14-mile commuter in the greater Portland area ( & who has volunteered on design work for Green Streets!) writes:

“Happy to report that I rode my bike any day that I went to work for the entire winter! Now bring on Spring!”

Allison Sovetsky and her husband commute from Saco to Portland together. She writes:

“My husband and I carpool together – not only do we say $ on gas, but we
get to spend some quality time with each other and catch up on each
other’s day.”

Zoe Miller writes:

“I strolled my son to daycare this morning then continued on to work. I was proud that I commuted green even though it took some extra planning and it made me feel good that I got to enjoy the sunshine with my son on a day that I’m at work.”

Jenn Thibodeau and Ashley Bracy of Healthy Maine Partnerships & PROP are pictured here encouraging co-workers to participate in Green Streets Fridays.

Events & Opportunities – May, June, July

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Many Thanks for the Blessing of the Bicycles!

Photo by Nancy Mawhinney of St. Luke's

Photo by Nancy Mawhinney of St. Luke's

Despite a gray morning filled with showers, over 25 cyclists came out for the first Greater Portland interfaith Blessing of the Bicycles – held at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke on Sunday, May 17!  The interfaith liturgy included Hebrew bible, Qu’ran, and non-denominational prayers, readings, and music – and bikes were blessed by holy water from the Cathedral and from the Well of Zamzam in Mecca.  Fellowship was shared afterward in the brilliant spring garden of the Cathedral.  Organized by Portland Green Streets and the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup, we are very thankful to the Reverend Canon Carolyn Coleman, Ben Garren and Kristina Minister of the Cathedral; El Fadel Arbab, Dawud Ummah, and Wells Staley-Mays of the Greater Portland Muslim clergy and community; John Balicki of St. Alban’s Episcopal in Cape Elizabeth (and president of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine) and all you lovely folks who came out for the event!  Special thanks go to our sponsors Ernie’s Cycle Shop and Gorham Bike & Ski who made print publicity and refreshments possible.  See a couple more sweet photos in the Portland Press Herald coverage of the event.  Hope to see you out there at next year’s event!

Call for Volunteers from the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup!

The Portland Bicycle Commuting Meetup is organizing Valet Bike Parking* for two different events the weekend of June 5-7: Westbrook Together Days and the Old Port Festival. This is a great opportunity to encourage people to ride their bikes to these events and support the concept of bicycle transportation! Volunteers can sign up for 2-hour slots on Friday night and all Saturday in Westbrook, or Sunday from 10 to 5 in Portland. The current schedule may be found at http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=r8PneB67jCBdJDjauRZdfjw&hl=en , then email John Brooking at bike@mainebrook.com to sign up for an unclaimed time slot.

*What is valet bike parking? you may ask. Well, says John Brooking, it’s kind of like valet car parking. People bring their bike to us, we give them a claim ticket, tape the other half of it to the bike, and park it for them in a secure area. They don’t have to worry about having a lock or finding a place to lock it to, nor about theft or vandalism. When they are ready to go, they give us back their claim ticket and we give them the matching bike. It’s fun and easy, and training will be provided. So join the fun!

May 31 – Eighth Annual Women’s Ride for Heart Health

This all-women ride is suited for all ages and fitness levels, with distances of five, 10 and 25 miles. The ride offers beautiful views of the countryside and coast. Free yoga, massage therapy, nutrition presentations and heart health exhibits for participants. Proceeds benefit the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s safety education programs.  To register, go to http://www.bikemaine.org/womensride/index.html or call (207) 623-4511. Fee on website.  9 a.m. at L.L. Bean’s Casco Conference Center, Casco Street, Freeport, Maine

June 17 – Film Showing of A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil

Cities should be a solution not a problem for human beings. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost-effective solutions that can be applied in most other cities. Innovations in transportation, recycling, parks, and affordable housing have transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. The film demonstrates what a remarkable turn around was possible when the people of Curitiba took back their streets.  Sponsored by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Portland Friends Meeting, 1847 Forest Ave. Free and open to the public. [Note: 7 pm showtime - sorry to not include in original post!]

July 7 – League of American Bicyclist’s Traffic Skills 101 Course – REGISTER NOW

Nationally-certified cycling instructor – and Bike Coalition of Maine founder – Charley LaFlamme will teach the League of American Bicyclist’s all-day Traffic Skills 101 in Fryeburg on July 7.  This nationally certified and fun course will help you gain a full understanding of how to safely bicycle in a variety of situations and build your confidence by teaching you crash avoidance, traffic management and effective cycling techniques. If you don’t feel safe bicycling on the road, this is the class to give you the skills and ability to “drive your bike” like any other vehicle. A bicycle in good working order, water bottle and well-fitting helmet are required. Classes are about half in-class and half on-bike. Recommended for adults and children above 14 accompanied by a parent. The deadline for registering is June 26 and the class is limited to 12 students. Please sign up early so you don’t miss out! For more info see here.

July 10 – 12 – 21st Annual Maine Bike Rally

Three days of bike rides in beautiful western Maine and the Mount Washington Valley for all levels of cyclists. Based at Fryeburg Academy, the rally features more than 30 rides of five to 100 miles plus a full weekend of family entertainment, including a bicycle parade, ice cream social and much
more. Camping and meals are available, all at an affordable price. Click here (http://video. google.com/ videoplay? docid=-715103575 7255248813& hl=en) to see a video of the rally. For more information, please visit Fryeburg Academy, 745 Main St, Fryeburg, Maine (http://www.bikemaine.org/mainebikerally/index. html ) or call (207) 623-4511. Fees will be announced on the website.

July 25 - Eighth Annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll

The state’s most scenic and tastiest bicycle ride follows country roads and the rock-bound coast. The fully supported ride includes four distance options: 16, 30, 50 or 100 miles. Cyclists can look forward to a freshly made lobster roll lunch (tuna and veggie options available) and live Tour de France coverage at the end. The Maine Lobster Ride & Roll supports the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s safety and education programs.  Rockland District High School, 400 Broadway, Rockland (http://www.bikemaine.org/lobsterride/index.html)  For more information, please visit the site or call (207) 623-4511. Fees will be announced on the website.

METRO #7 Bus to Falmouth Service Extended – & Falmouth Joins METRO

As part of the excitement of Falmouth officially joining METRO, beginning May 11th, METRO Bus Route #7 service changed during morning and evening commuter hours to include service along Johnson Road, Route 88 and Depot Road in Falmouth. During mid-day hours, the route will continue service to Bucknam Road, Middle Road and Blueberry Lane. All runs will continue to provide service to Shaw’s and the Falmouth Shopping Center and other businesses along the Rt. #1 corridor. METRO Route #7 provides hourly bus service between Portland and Falmouth, Monday – Saturday from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. A new Park N’ Ride is available at the Falmouth Shopping Center (near the location of the old Shaw’s supermarket). Commuters using METRO can leave their car in the new lot and ride the bus into Portland. The Park N’ Ride lot is available from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. (no overnight parking is allowed), Monday through Saturday. Plus, to introduce the new service, METRO, the Town of Falmouth and several Falmouth businesses are offering introductory commuter passes for Falmouth residents  available through Falmouth Town Hall (781-5253, www.town.falmouth.me.us), located at 271 Falmouth Road.  For detailed #7 route and schedule information, see here.

2009 Summer Youth Bus Pass!

For only $20 children and teens – ages 18 and younger – can ride the South Portland Bus and the Portland Metro anywhere the bus goes, anytime from June – August.  Take the bus this summer for a safe, affordable and convenient solution to your transportation needs.  The service area includes Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, and Falmouth. Bike racks on all buses so take your bike with you! Head to the beach, the mall, movies, South Portland Greenbelt, Millcreek Park, in-town Portland and the Old Port, Casco Bay Ferry Terminal, Portland Trails, museums, shopping, summer jobs, day camps, recreation centers, visiting family or your friends!

Veranda Street Bridge Success! Separated Bike-Pedestrian Crossing to be Built for During Closure

The Veranda Street Bridge (which crosses over an active railroad bed below and serves as a major connector for bike commuters and pedestrians between central Portland and East Deering and Falmouth) will be closing for repairs over the summer – most likely starting in late June.  The project initially was slated to provide a shuttlebus to carry pedestrians over an alternate route – most likely with no racks for cyclists and perhaps becoming more intermittent if pedestrians didn’t use it regularly.  However, the contractor has decided instead to build a temporary bicycle-pedestrian bridge to maintain complete access for cyclists and pedestrians during the bridge reconstruction.  A wonderful reprieve!

Donate a Bike to the CBC in Biddeford

Pulled an old bike out of your shed that you’ve decided no longer works for you or your family? 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.

Travel Often? Downeaster Multi-Ride Passes On Sale Now

The Downeaster is offering a discounted 10-RIDE and MONTHLY pass from Portland, Saco, and Wells to Boston or Woburn. The 10-Ride Pass is valid for 10 one-way trips taken within 45 days of purchase. The sale price is just $171. The Monthly Commuter Pass is valid for unlimited travel for an entire calendar month. The sale price is just $299. Act now, as this offer is valid for a limited time only.  For other info and promotions see here.

Control MDOT Spraying of Your Roadways

No Spray Agreements are available for landowners abutting roadways, railroads and utilities. Parties who participate agree to remove brush adjacent to their properties in lieu of herbicide treatments. To request a No-Spray Agreement, call Maine DOT at 207-624-3000.

In the Maine DOT Roadside Brush Control Program, powered spraying is prohibited in the following areas: within 100 feet of wells and springs; 150 feet of parked vehicles; 100 feet of animal pastures; 150 feet of occupied buildings, homes or playgrounds; 100 feet of organic farms, pedestrians, bicyclists or picnic tables; or within areas defined by Maine DOT No-Spray Agreements.

To report violations of these buffers, call the BPC at 207-287-2731 (24-hr answering service).

Take the 10% Shift Pledge

Portland Buy Local (of which Portland Green Streets is a member) is proud to announce the local launch of The 10% Shift, a New England-wide initiative.  The goal of this campaign is to stabilize and strengthen our region’s economy by encouraging households, businesses, and organizations to shift 10% shift of their current spending from chain businesses to local independents. Research shows that if everyone in Greater Portland shifted just 10% of their spending from chains and other non-local businesses to local independent businesses, it would generate more than $50 million annually in new economic activity for our region and 600 new jobs. Please visit www.portlandbuylocal.org to learn more about The 10% Shift and take the pledge.

April Green Streets Day Raffle Results!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

sharrow-croppedThanks so much to all of you who signed in with your participation in Green Streets Day, Friday, April 24th!

With people able to report others going green at their locations, we have an estimated number of 493 total participants – and there were 106 of you great folks signing in:

  • 32 walking, 31 biking, 13 taking the bus, train or ferry, 13 carpooling or vanpooling, and 4 telecommuting, and 13 using multiple modes (i.e., some combination of the above)!
  • collectively saving 1,364 single-occupancy vehicle miles! (many of you saving those kinds of miles every day)
  • keeping approximately $110 in gas money in your wallets!
  • improving our air quality & individual health, & reducing our climate-changing CO2 emissions by approximately 1,057 pounds!
  • enjoying the opportunity to get outdoors a bit more and/or share transportation with others
  • starting (& continuing) a fun and important conversation with the people of our community about how we get around!

Note: please continue to sign in every month – and please talk to other Green Streets participants about doing so as well. It helps us with participation data, like number of miles & emissions saved, commuting methods used, etc!

The winners of this month’s raffle come from the following work/school/life places: (Remember, you don’t have to be headed to a job on Green Streets Day – just getting around green no matter what you’re up to!)

Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, FairPoint Communications, King Middle School,  LearningWorks, Harriman, The Beacon Group, FB Environmental, Pemaquid Communications, Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, Portland Rock Gym, Richard Renner Architects, Self-Employed, Sunrise Guide, University of Southern Maine, Woodard & Curran

Now! The winners are:

Winners will be notified how to claim their prizes.

Thanks again to the U Car Share, St. Lawrence Arts & Community Center, Portland Trails, Rosemont Market & Bakery, South Portland Bus Service, Others!, Maine Running Company, O’Naturals, the Children’s Museum, Nomads, Port City Life, METRO, WMPG, and Healthy Portland for your gifts to the Portland Green Streets initiative!

Have a great month out there going green!

Get to Worship a Greener Way Weekend & Blessing of the Bicycles

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Photo by BikePortland.org - Jonathan Maus, Creative Commons

Photo by BikePortland.org - Jonathan Maus, Creative Commons

Over the weekend of May 15-17th you may see a few more people you know walking, biking, taking the bus or carpooling – and you might be one of them. That’s because Portland Green Streets and the Portland Bicycle Commuting Meetup are promoting a spiritual component to Commute Another Way Week (May 11-15th) and National Bike to Work Day (May 15th).  We are encouraging church, synagogue, and mosque-goers – as well as members of other faith groups in Greater Portland – to participate in:

  • May 15-17 – Get to Worship a Greener Way Weekend – an invitation to people of all faiths to travel to worship that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on foot, by bike, public transit, or carpool
  • May 17 – The Blessing of the Bicycles - bring your bike to an ecumenical service at St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State Street, 12:30pm – similar to celebrations in other cities, see: www.theblessingofthebikes.com

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Events & Opportunities – April, May, June, July

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Legislative Action – Please Act Now

LD 1333 – The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s top legislative priority for the 2009 session is passage of L.D. 1333, “An Act To Establish Climate and Energy Planning in Maine.” This comprehensive bill addressing global warming and wildlife habitat protection also requires the adoption of a Complete Streets policy that ensures Maine roads are safe and accessible for bicyclists, pedestrians and all other users. A quick overview of the bill with talking points and regular updates can be found on the BCM Web site.   Click here to find your legislators and their contact information.

April 24 – Green Streets Day!

April 26 – The Great Maine Bike Swap

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Great Bike Swap in Portland promises to be bigger than ever.  Come to the swap to buy used bikes and bike gear in good condition and/or to sell items.  Experts will be on hand to help with pricing and fit.  This year’s swap will feature refreshments, mini-workshops, a bicycle trivia contest and other entertainment.  Start looking in your basement or garage for unused bikes that can earn you some extra cash. 10am-2pm, USM Sullivan Gym, Falmouth Street, Portland.

April 29 – Public Workshop on Franklin Arterial

The Franklin Street Arterial Study Committee will be holding a design workshop at Ocean Gateway on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:40 to 9:40 pm. The goal of the workshop is to update the public on the work of the study committee, help set community priorities for what the Franklin Street corridor could be in the future, and to generate design ideas that will move us towards those goals. The interactive workshop will focus on developing solutions for the corridor that maximize opportunities in a variety of areas, including: motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle service, economic development, open space, public transportation, land use, urban design, environmental quality, and neighborhood connectivity.

Join this exciting work. At the Franklin Reclamation Authority workshop held 2 years ago residents Revisioned the corridor. This time, with Maine DOT and the City of Portland at the table, we will be working on the blueprints for what the Future Franklin Street corridor might look like. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at:
http://www.portlandmaine.gov/franklinstreetarterial.htm (The Ocean Gateway building is located two blocks east of Franklin Street on the waterfront, at the corner of Thames and Hancock Streets.)

April 29 – Introduction to Bicycle Commuting from the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup

Your chance to learn more about how to get around on your bike! Wednesday, April 29,  7:00 PM, Back Bay Bicycle, 333 Forest Ave , Portland ME 04101. Donation: $2.00 per person – Please RSVP.

April 30 – League of Young Voters ReEmergence Party

The League of Young Voters fourth annual ReEmergence party! Each spring, about 300 young people join LYV for this exciting event to celebrate local arts and music, and to educate and engage their peers on local issues. This year’s theme is “Carnival of Earthly Delights,” highlighting Earth Day, the environment, transportation issues, going green, and more. It will feature bobbing for green apples, access to local CSAs, and a piñata. Also host ng a number of local DJs, musicians, poets, dancers, and performers. The magic will take place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Portland Company Complex (Fore St. by the Portland Yacht Services). GREEN STREETS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HOST TABLE AT THIS EVENT – if interested, please e-mail: portlandgreenstreets@yahoo.com

May 2nd – East End Neighborhood Cleanup

If you live in the East End it’s chance to meet neighbors & clean up your sidewalks & streets.  Saturday, May 2nd, 9am-12pm (rain or shine).  Meet at the East End Beach Parking Lot.  Bring a pair of gloves!  Questions?  E-mail jillsady@gmail.com

May 8 – Happy Trails Big Bash and Silent Auction

Portland Trails’ annual party and fundraising auction!  “Happy Trails” is scheduled for the evening of Friday May 8th, 2009 at The Portland Club on State Street in Portland.  Delicious hors d’oeuvres from Black Tie Catering, desserts from Izzy’s Cheesecake, great live music by Big Chief, and more than 200 exciting silent auction items!  For more info…

May 8, May 14 – Free Bicycle Safety Instructor Training Course – REGISTER NOW

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, in cooperation with MaineDOT, will offer a free, one-day course at two locations during May to train teachers, police, medical professionals, health educators, parents and volunteers how to most effectively teach bicycle safety to children. The Bicycle Safety Instructor Training course will be held on May 8 in South Portland and on May 14 in Augusta from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics covered will include child development and bicycling, helmet fit, dressing for safety, bicycle equipment safety check, rules of the road, basic driving skills and safety maneuvers and incorporating bicycling into your curriculum or program. A portion of the course will take place on bike. Participants must bring a bicycle in good condition and a helmet that fits. Lunch will be provided. Please register at www.BikeMaine.org. Confirmation and details about the location will be sent prior to the class. For more information, please call (207) 623-4511.

May 12 – 2009 Active Communities Conference: Walking, Biking, Physical Activity and the Built Environment – REGISTER NOW

Participants will learn what “active community environments” means for Maine’s large and small communities, how investing in active community environments can result in benefits to the local economy, and the planning and funding processes and resources available. There will also be sessions on Safe Routes to School encouragement programs. Plus a chance to meet other people from across the state working hard to improve their communities. Harraseeket Inn, Freeport; Free.

To register visit: http://www.mcdregistration.org/currentregistrations.asp?CAT=STATE&STATUS=ACTIVE

Who should attend: public health, safety, planning, economic development and public works professionals, citizens, municipal officials and others interested in learning more! Keynote Address: “Creating Healthy and Successful Communities in Challenging Times”, Todd Litman, founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Todd has written or co-written (with public health, transportation, planning and other partners) several guides and technical manuals dealing with transportation and land use planning issues. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops. His presentations range from technical and practical, to humorous and inspirational.

Presented by Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention,  Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Department of Conservation, Maine State Planning Office.

May 14 – Community Celebration of #7 Falmouth Flyer Extended Service

METRO Bus and the Town of Falmouth are having a community celebration to kick off extended service. Thursday, May 14, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m, O’Natural’s in Falmouth (beverages and light snacks available). Please RSVP to Denise Beck - dbeck@gpmetrobus.com

May 11-15 – Commute Another Way Week

Bicycle Coalition of Maine and GoMaine co-sponsor this annual, statewide event that encourages alternatives to driving. Commute Another Way Week promotes carpools, vanpools, public transit (bus, ferry and rail), bicycling and walking as cost-effective, healthy and enjoyable alternatives to driving alone to work. Friday, May 15 has been designated as National Bike to Work Day. Why do it? Because healthy, economical and environmentally-friendly transportation choices means energy savings, improved health, less stress, higher morale and more money saved for commuters and employers. Try one commuter mode of travel or a different one each day.  The more days you try the more chances you have to win big prizes… genuine United States Savings Bonds in amounts ranging from $50 to $1,000! Register today at www.CommuteAnotherWayWeek.org… it’s fast, easy and free!

May 15 – 17 – Get to Worship a Greener Way Weekend

An invitation to people of all faiths to travel to worship that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on foot, by bike, public transit, or carpool – see our post for more info.  Co-organized by Portland Green Streets and the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup – special thanks to sponsors Gorhman Bike & Ski, Ernie’s Cycle Shop, and community host the Cathedral of St. Luke.

May 17 – The Blessing of the Bicycles

Bring your bike to an ecumenical service at St. Luke’s Cathedral, 12:30pm – ala similar celebrations in other cities - see our post for more info. Co-organized by Portland Green Streets and the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup – special thanks to sponsors Gorhman Bike & Ski, Ernie’s Cycle Shop, and community host the Cathedral of St. Luke.

May 19 – Bicycle Coalition of Maine Spring Fundraiser

Eat Pizza and Love Your Bike at Flatbread’s, 5-9 pm!  See more info here.

May 31 – Eighth Annual Women’s Ride for Heart Health – REGISTER NOW

This all-women ride is suited for all ages and fitness levels, with distances of five, 10 and 25 miles. The ride offers beautiful views of the countryside and coast. Free yoga, massage therapy, nutrition presentations and heart health exhibits for participants. Proceeds benefit the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s safety education programs. For more information or to pre-register, go to http://www.bikemaine.org/womensride/index.html or call (207) 623-4511. The fee will be announced on the website.  9 a.m. at L.L. Bean’s Casco Conference Center, Casco Street, Freeport, Maine

Veranda Street Bridge Closure Coming Soon (Maybe June) – Bikes, Pedestrians Take Notice

The Veranda Street Bridge (which crosses over an active railroad bed below and serves as a major connector for bike commuters and pedestrians between central Portland and East Deering and Falmouth) will be closing for repairs over the summer – most likely starting in June.  The project will provide for a shuttle bus detour for pedestrians, running on the half hour for a fixed number of hours a day (yet to be determined).  However, it is not clear the buses will come equipped with bike racks and cyclists are encouraged to find alternate routes.  The Portland Bike Commuter Meetup had a discussion about alternatives over the winter (see thread here for more details).

June 7 – Tour de Cure of the American Diabetes Association – REGISTER NOW

Enjoy the beauty of coastal Maine as you cycle past the Kennebunk beaches – 25K, 50K, 100K or the new 100 mile ride! Register online by April 23 at www.diabetes.org/tour

July 10 – 12 – 21st Annual Maine Bike Rally

Three days of bike rides in beautiful western Maine and the Mount Washington Valley for all levels of cyclists. Based at Fryeburg Academy, the rally features more than 30 rides of five to 100 miles plus a full weekend of family entertainment, including a bicycle parade, ice cream social and much
more. Camping and meals are available, all at an affordable price. Click here (http://video. google.com/ videoplay? docid=-715103575 7255248813& hl=en) to see a video of the rally. For more information, please visit Fryeburg Academy, 745 Main St, Fryeburg, Maine (http://www.bikemaine.org/mainebikerally/index. html ) or call (207) 623-4511. Fees will be announced on the website.

July 25 - Eighth Annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll

The state’s most scenic and tastiest bicycle ride follows country roads and the rock-bound coast. The fully supported ride includes four distance
options: 16, 30, 50 or 100 miles. Cyclists can look forward to a freshly made lobster roll lunch (tuna and veggie options available) and live Tour de
France coverage at the end. The Maine Lobster Ride & Roll supports the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s safety and education programs.  Rockland District High School, 400 Broadway, Rockland (http://www.bikemaine.org/lobsterride/index.html)  For more information, please visit the site or call (207) 623-4511. Fees will be announced on the website.

Control MDOT Spraying of Your Roadways

No Spray Agreements are available for landowners abutting roadways, railroads and utilities. Parties who participate agree to remove brush adjacent to their properties in lieu of herbicide treatments. To request a No-Spray Agreement, call Maine DOT at 207-624-3000.

In the Maine DOT Roadside Brush Control Program, powered spraying is prohibited in the following areas: within 100 feet of wells and springs; 150 feet of parked vehicles; 100 feet of animal pastures; 150 feet of occupied buildings, homes or playgrounds; 100 feet of organic farms, pedestrians, bicyclists or picnic tables; or within areas defined by Maine DOT No-Spray Agreements.

To report violations of these buffers, call the BPC at 207-287-2731 (24-hr answering service).

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. SEE ALL DOWNEASTER DEALS – CLICK HERE

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.