Bicycle Coalition of Maine

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Mission Statement

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s mission is to make Maine better for bicycling and walking.

Description

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.

Program Details

Among our current projects, programs and initiatives:
  • Imagine People Here, our "tactical urbanism" program, which involves temporary infrastructure installation (such as bollards and painted bike lanes) in communities across Maine that improves road conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. These demonstration projects show towns and cities how simple changes can make a huge difference for pedestrians and people on bikes.
  • Community Spokes, a program that trains and supports volunteers across Maine to work on implementing improvements for cyclists and pedestrians in their own communities.
  • Legislative work: When the Maine Legislature is in session, we write, sponsor, and support bills that make positive changes for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Education work: We run our Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education program in schools across Maine, teaching bike and traffic safety skills to thousands of children each year. We also provide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education programs for adults, recognizing that not everyone grew up learning the rules of the road.
  • Bikes for All Mainers, a program that provides bike skills training, traffic safety training, and basic bike mechanic skills to adults without access to bicycles or bicycle education. Once the participates complete their coursework and participate in a few hours of volunteering in the community, they receive a bicycle, helmet, and lock for free.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Address
38 Diamond St
Portland, ME 04101
United States
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