Tonight! (Sept 22) – World Car Free Day at North Star Cafe in Portland
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September 23 – Meeting on Possible Bike-Ped Path from Valley Street to High Street (Portland)
There will be a neighborhood meeting to discuss a study to evaluate a potential bicycle and pedestrian path from Valley Street to High Street in Portland’s West End. This path would connect with the existing trail systems along the Fore River Parkway and Harbor View Park. With the redevelopment of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, it would provide new access for cyclists and pedestrians traveling between Portland and South Portland. 6pm, Reiche School, 166 Brackett Street, Portland. For more information, contact Tom Errico, Study Project Manager at thomas.errico@ tylin.com. (207) 347-4354.
September 25, 26, 27 – Pedal or Carpool to the Common Ground Fair
If you bicycle all or part of the way to the Common Ground Fair in Unity on September 25-27, you’ll be participating in a tradition that began more than a decade ago. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine partners with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners Association (MOFGA) to do valet bicycle parking at the fair. The service cuts down on traffic and pollution, which is totally fitting with an event celebrating sustainable living practices. Fairgoers who arrive on bicycle receive a rousing welcome, very convenient and safe parking and a $2 discount on admission. The coalition’s presence at the fair helps spread the word about their efforts to work for better bicycling in Maine. Find the bike best routes.
MOFGA has also partnered with PickUpPal to help folks coordinate carpooling opportunities – check that out here!
September 29 – Public Meeting on Maine State Rail Plan at USM!
Come out for rail! Given the huge impact that rail can have on regional and downtown vehicle congestion and thus walk/bike-ability, come on out to add your input to this process. We have a number of valuable transit corridors radiating out from Portland – and using them would have a dramatic impact. This plan has the potential to determine the future of our rail corridors. 6-8 pm, University Event Room, Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine, Portland! And/or check out links and submit comments on the State’s developing rail plan: http://www.maine. gov/mdot/ railplan
Until September 30, 2009 – Ride METRO for FREE with College ID
Greater Portland Transit District METRO is welcoming students and staff to local colleges with a great deal: Ride FREE with College ID from August 24 - September 30, 2009. Students, staff and faculty from the following colleges may ride free with ID:
- Andover College
- Maine College of Art (MECA)
- SALT Institute for Documentary Studies
- Southern Maine Community College (SMCC)
( transfer from METRO to South Portland City Bus)
- University of New England
- University of Southern Maine (USM)
METRO does not offer bus service on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. For schedules and additional information, please visit www.gpmetrobus.com or call 774-0351. For ongoing updates, become a Facebook fan of METRO (Greater Portland Transit District) page.
APPLY NOW – Oct 7 Deadline – Worksite Wellness $250 Mini-Grants from Healthy Casco Bay
Get your co-workers walking & biking to work! Healthy Casco Bay is excited to announce the availability of six mini-grants of up to $250 each for initiatives that help you create a healthier workplace environment for worksites in the Healthy Casco Bay region (Cumberland, Chebeague Island, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray, Long Island, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Pownal, and Yarmouth) with 50 or fewer employees. They know that by improving employee health you are generating other important benefits such as reduced healthcare costs, improved employee morale and productivity, improved quality of services or products, and decreased absenteeism. The goal of this initiative is to support you in that process by offering up to a $250 award as well as providing technical assistance to guide you along the way. The Request for Applications may be found at: www.portlandmaine.gov/hhs/hcbwwminigrantrfa2010.pdf
APPLY NOW – Oct 7 Deadline – Healthy Casco Bay Powerful Youth Mini-grant
Healthy Casco Bay is excited to announce the availability of two mini-grants of up to $1,500 each for initiatives that support healthy living among youth who live, learn and play in the Healthy Casco Bay region (Cumberland, Chebeague Island, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray, Long Island, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Pownal, and Yarmouth). The goal of this initiative is to create youth-adult collaboration and increase youth involvement in accomplishing social, policy and environmental changes that improve youth health. The Request for Applications may be found at: www.portlandmaine.gov/hhs/hcbpyminigrantrfa2010.pdf
VOLUNTEER NOW – October Bike-Ped Counts on Franklin Street Arterial
The Franklin Reclamation Authority (FRA) will be conducting a Pedestrian and Bicycle Count during the month of October to collect data on multi-modal crossings of the Franklin Street Arterial. Your volunteer help with this effort will provide important documentation of the bike and pedestrian use of Franklin Street. This data will be a valuable resource in future planning.
The FRA will conduct this bike/ped count during the following dates and times:
- Weekday Shifts: AM Shift is 6:30-9:00; PM Shift #1 is 2-4; PM Shift #2 is 4-6. Dates: 10/6: Tuesday; 10/7: Wednesday; 10/8: Thursday; 10/13: Tuesday; 10/14: Wednesday; 10/14: Thursday
- Weekend shift: 10/10: Saturday, 12-2PM.
The FRA will also be surveying pedestrians to collect more detailed data on travel habits. The work of FRA began, and has been supported by the active involvement of members of the public. They need your help to make this Bike/Ped count a success by:
- volunteering for a shift as a counter.
- volunteering for a shift (or part of a shift) to survey pedestrians.
Be part of one the most exciting planning projects in the State of Maine! Your time and participation is valuable, so FRA is working to provide some gifts and prizes for volunteers and also a gathering of all that have supported the FRA effort. Contact the Franklin Street Ped Count Coordinator, Ingrid Swanson at iswanson@hotmail. com about your availability on one or more of these days.
Oct 3 – Cool Congress with Maine Cool Communities
Keynote Speaker: Bill McKibben - Live on ITV
- Energy Efficiency - Suzanne Watson Director of Policy for the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Transportation – Chris Wilhite, Director of Sierra Club Rhode Island
- Renewable Energy – John Kerry, Director of the Maine Office of Energy Security and Independence
Adaptation Strategies - Rhett Lamb, Planning Director in Keene, NH
8 am -4 pm UMaine Augusta – Live ITV at UMaine Presque Isle and UMaine Machias. Following the Event: Tour LEED Platinum Hannaford Supermarket in Augusta. Register today here!
October 3 - Friends of Casco Bay’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
A couple of transportation-related films they are featuring:
- Division Street: This is not your father’s road trip. Roads and cars have fragmented wild landscapes, ushered in urban sprawl, and challenged some of the bedrock values we once took for granted. But as the transportation crisis appears to be spiraling out of control, a new generation of ecologists, engineers, city-planners, and everyday citizens are transforming the future of the American road.
- Amsterdam: The Bicycling Capital of Europe: In this inspiring short, we learn how Amsterdam has created a bicycle-friendly city that promotes a healthier, more active lifestyle. With people meeting face to face instead of bumper to bumper, the city challenges us to rethink our car-centered lives in the United States.
5 – 9 p.m. (doors open at 4), Abromson Auditorium, USM, 88 Bedford Street, Portland. Tickets $15 in advance / $20 at the door – buy online at www.cascobay.org or in person at the Whole Foods Market in Portland. The event features ten great films – as well as free popcorn, dinner reception catered by Whole Foods Market, cash bar, raffle & festivities. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Casco Bay’s work to improve & protect the Bay. More info, including a full list of film descriptions, can be found here: www.cascobay.org
October 18 – Reiche International 5K Road Race
Runners and walkers! Come participate in a beautiful 5 kilometer run through Portland’s scenic West End neighborhood in support of Maine’s most ethnically diverse school, Reiche Elementary. This will be a community event celebrating Reiche’s amazing international student body representing 32 nationalities! In deference to the upcoming holiday, participants are invited to wear a costume (not mandatory). The race starts and ends at Reiche Elementary. The well-marked single loop course begins on Brackett Street & continues through the streets of the West End including Chadwick, Neal, Pine & Spring Streets. It includes one climb – behind the Western Prom Cemetery. Otherwise it’s fast and flat. High quality T-shirt for all registered runners! Prizes awarded! All ages! The first 99 registrants will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $50 gift certificates to Local 188 Restaurant and Lounge! 9:30 Am start – REGISTER NOW! www.reicheinternational.com
Oct 24 – Step Up to the Plate Awards
Give Portland-area youth the recognition they deserve at the League of Young Voters Education Fund’s second biennial “Step Up to the Plate” awards! This year’s theme, “Doing More With Less,” focuses on young people who are able to successfully overcome the recession by finding creative ways to sustain positive community ventures. The evening includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, award presentations, live music and guest speaker Billy Wimsatt. Please go to the website to make nominations and vote for the winners – Step Up to the Plate Awards! Saturday, October 24th, 7:30pm-11pm at SPACE Gallery
Enter Now to Win Custom Built Bike! Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s 2009 Super Raffle
The winner will receive a handmade, custom Maine bicycle valued at more than $3,500. Additional information is available on their Web site http://www.bikemain e.org/superraffle.htm
AMTRAK Downeaster Specials
College 6Tix – Get smart this semester. Purchase a College 6TIX pass and get six one-way trips on the Amtrak Downeaster for just $76. With up to 50% off the regular fare, it’s a no brainier.
Early risers are rewarded on Saturdays and Sundays. Pay just $24.00 round-trip when traveling on train 690 and 695, 697, or 699. Tickets must be purchased at least three days in advance of travel. Reference promotion code v175. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply.
The Downeaster is currently offering 50% off the price of any Downeaster ticket for senior citizens (62+) and folks with disabilities. The discount can be used any day of the week and on any Downeaster train. To take advantage of this discount, travelers must use discount code V543 and must reserve their tickets at least three days in advance. Seniors will need to show proof of age; disabled folks will need to show a Medicare card or other proof of disability status. Disabled individuals can book tickets over the phone or at a staffed ticket window, due to a limitation in Amtrak’s web site - for contact and station information click here. All in all, this is a fabulous discount and a great way for seniors and disabled folks to get out, enjoy the summer, and leave the car at home!
This Fall – Don’t Forget the New Covered Bike Racks in Spring St. Garage!
Thanks to the hard work of and financing from the Portland Downtown District, new bike racks that hold 20 bikes have been added just inside the Spring Street garage at the entrance on Free Street in Portland. Spread the word – bikes parked there are out of the rain and in a safe location. An enormous plus for people who ride (or get stuck) in inclement weather – like the past 10 days!
Bring a U Car Vehicle to Munjoy Hill!
Car Sharing is a wonderful way to save money (get rid of your other car!) while having the convenience of a car when you need it – and you only pay for the time you’re actually using it. U Car Share (run by U Haul) pays EVERYTHING, including gas, maintenance, and insurance. Rate for a Chrysler PT Cruiser is $9.50 per hour, or $66 per day. It’s wonderful service! If you live on the East End in Portland get your membership application fee waived for a limited time. Log in at www.ucarshare.com to sign up anduse this promotional code: MUNJOYHILL. If enough of East Enders join, the company will locate a car close by. For more information, contact Peter Alexander at 773-4606.