Founded in 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) works to make Maine better for walking and cycling. The BCM’s work focuses on education, advocacy, and outreach.
BCM’s advocacy work focuses on building support at the local and state level for legislation, policies, and funding that make every Maine community better for walking and biking. BCM partners with the Maine Department of Transportation to implement, improve, and increase bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. BCM also advocates for increased funding for off-road trail development, including multi-use and mountain bike trails.
BCM’s education work serves adults and children alike. BCM’s Bicycle Safety Education program reaches thousands of children in Maine each year, teaching traffic safety in schools, hosting bike rodeos so students can practice biking safely in a simulated street environment, and working with communities to encourage students to walk and bike to work. BCM also works to educate drivers about keeping cyclist and pedestrians safe and provides resources to law enforcement to help them effectively enforce laws that affect drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
The BCM's two major events each year are the Great Maine Bike Swap and BikeMaine, a seven-day cycling adventure and celebration of Maine’s people, culture, places, and food.