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Sign in now (click here) – Please take a minute to sign in now (and every month!) if you plan to walk, bike, take public transit, carpool, and/or telecommute this Green Streets Day – Friday, February 26th.
Signing in during the depths of winter helps us see how hearty we are – as we become a year-round green commuting region.
We’re excited to finally have added a Green Streets transportation-related events calendar to our website – so please check it throughout the month for timely notices on Greater Portland happenings (on the right sidebar of our home page – bookmark our home page for easy access anytime).
An added bonus: you can add any event to your calendar (scroll down to the bottom of the event description and click on “copy to my calendar”).
Order Now – Discounted Bike Racks for Your Location from GO MAINE
GO MAINE is proud to announce the Bike Racks for ME Program, providing bicycle parking for Maine.
The MaineDOT and GO MAINE Commuter Connections, in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, support and encourage bicycling as an important mode of transportation. They have created Bike Racks for ME for communities, organizations, workplaces and private businesses across Maine to help expand bicycle parking opportunities.
Healthy Casco Bay is offering three mini-grants of up to $1,000 each for initiatives that will create more opportunities for physical activity in the Healthy Casco Bay Healthy Maine Partnership (HMP) service area (Cumberland, Chebeague Island, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray, Long Island, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Pownal, and Yarmouth)
. Fundable projects must address one or more of the following objectives:
i) Increase the number of youth involved in after-school activities in community settings.
ii) Develop local plans to safely connect youth to neighborhoods, schools, and recreation areas.
iii) Increase the number of local community facilities and programs that offer opportunities or venues for families to be physically active together.
iv) Increase aging adult local access to and participation in evidence-based physical activity promotion programs [i.e., Matter of Balance].
v) Increase the number of sidewalks, bike paths, trails, open facilities, and other places for physical activity and/or work to develop a comprehensive town plan that includes built environment design standards for physical activity.
Examples of fundable projects would include:
Increasing capacity of existing organizations to create trails or trail construction education programs or trail building educational materials (e.g., International Mountain Bike Association Trail Building School training).
Increasing capacity of existing organizations to facilitate initiatives which promote physical activity.
Creating of maps, booklets, or guides for local recreation resources.
Identifying of local bicycle routes for signage.
Expanding Matter of Balance classes—this could include offering space and classes, as well as training staff to lead classes.
Developing Safe Routes to School initiatives that result in more youth walking or biking to school.
Developingcomprehensive municipal plans to incorporate alternative transportation.
Funds MAY NOT be used to purchase end-user equipment, e.g., snowshoes, bicycles, exercise equipment, etc.
On March 22, 2010, March into May (MIM) will celebrate its twelfth successful year in helping Maine community members “Get more out of life.”
Sponsored by your local Healthy Maine Partnerships, MIM is a free ten week physical activity improvement program that helps communities, friends and families improve their health through increased physical activity.
Consider helping yourself and others “Get More Out of Life” by becoming a coordinator for your school, company, or community organization or simply join on your own or with a small team.
Just in case you’ve missed the news, the MaineDOT has announced plans to upgrade 30 miles of track between Portland and Brunswick, setting the stage for passenger rail service serving Freeport and Brunswick starting sometime in 2012.
The tentative schedule calls for three round-trips daily between Portland and Brunswick and two round-trips daily between Brunswick and Boston.