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Archive for February, 2010

Sign in Here Now – Green Streets Day this Friday, February 26th!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Snow-covered bike - mid-storm winter 2010Sign 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.

For special treats for Green Streets participants, visit our Green Streets Freebies & Discounts page for offers of free food and drink and various area discounts that day.

Check Out Green Streets Online Calendar for Timely Events!

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Screen Shot of Google Calendar - croppedWe’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”).

And feel free to submit transportation-related events info to us at portlandgreenstreets@yahoo.com

Bike Racks for ME Program

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Order Now – Discounted Bike Racks for Your Location from GO MAINEBike racks

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.

The application packet can be found here.

Before you start, here are some things you should know:

  1. This is a statewide program open to communities, organizations, workplaces and private businesses across Maine .
  2. The application has a time limit on it because prices may change.  As such prices are good through March 2010.
  3. For a current copy of the application go to: GO MAINE.org GO MAINE will update the application after March.
  4. The program will remain in effect until the number of requests exceeds availability.
  5. The racks are all black. GO MAINE has heard that some areas, including Portland , specify different colors for different areas of the city. Please do your research before you order.
  6. GO MAINE needs a signed hard copy of the application along with a check to process the application. They cannot accept orders electronically.
  7. Please respect the quantity limits GO MAINE has set on the racks. This is intended to allow for fair distribution from the program.

GO MAINE looks forward to hearing from you and thanks you for you interest in increasing and improving bicycling in Maine .

Please send any questions about the application or program to Erik West at ewest@gpcog.org.

Grants Available from Healthy Casco Bay

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Healthy Casco BayHealthy 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.

Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2010 – application available at www.healthycascobay.org

Vanpool Seats Available Now

Friday, February 19th, 2010

winter driving

Several GO MAINE commuter vanpools have immediate seat openings. Maybe there’s one that’ll fit your commute:

  • Lewiston/Sabattus to Augusta North
  • Topsham to Augusta
  • Portland/Yarmouth to Augusta North
  • Yarmouth/Freeport to Augusta Capital
  • Augusta to Intown Portland
  • Lewiston to Portland

Riding a commuter vanpool is inexpensive, stress-free and eco-friendly. Check with GO MAINE for complete information on commuter vanpools.

March into May – Free 10 Week Physical Activity Program

Thursday, February 18th, 2010
March into MayOn 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.
See www.MarchIntoMay.org for more information and to join.

Amtrak Downeaster Headed to Brunswick

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

downeaster-masthead-logoJust 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.

This could be a great resource for residents in the mid-coast region. What do you think? Will you use the Downester service out of Brunswick and Freeport? GO MAINE would like your feedback, let them know by answering a quick survey (with the added benefit of entering a $25 gift card drawing!)