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Maine Safe Routes to School Newsletter | December 2016 Newsletter
Happy Holidays from all of us at Maine Safe Routes to School
Turkey Trot and Fun School Events!
Students from the Harriet Beecher Stowe School in Brunswick Turkey Trotted to school in celebration of the recent holiday - just an example of the school's continuous encouragement for walking and biking modes of transport.  Check out our SRTS blog to see more great photos and to read about other awesome school based events.  
Do you have an event that you would like to share with others?  If so we'd love to post it!   Please send a short summary with photos to
MaineDOT Infrastructure Improvement Funds!
MaineDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Funding is a newly revised funding program for communities to apply for bicycle & pedestrian infrastructure improvements. Safe Routes to School Projects remain an eligible activity under this funding source for projects within two miles of an elementary or middle school. 
Infrastructure improvements such as school zone lights, traffic calming, and sidewalk improvements 
are intended to be part of a larger effort within communities to improve conditions and raise awareness of the benefits of walking and biking to school.
Complete info on the MaineDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Funding
Poster size (11"x17") copies of our popular youth safety handouts are now available for schools to hang in hallways, classrooms, etc.  The posters share 4 key points each for walking & bicycling safely.   Send us an email if you would like a set of posters:
Click to see full size PDF
Click to see full size PDF
Introducing Shannon and Erik
The Maine Safe Routes to School Program has two recent staff additions: Shannon Belt recently left a Portland area high school to join the SRTS program and support Southern Maine.  Erik daSilva has been working with the program since 2012 as an independent contractor and will continue to support Northern and Downeast Maine now as a staff member.  Darcy Whittemore will continue to cover Central Maine and will serve as the Education Program Manager.  Learn more about Shannon, Erik, or Darcy by reading their bio's.  See the right sidebar for contact information.
Wear Your Helmet the Right Way!
Maine law requires all bicyclists under 16 years old to wear a helmet. For bicyclists of all ages, a properly-fitted helmet can be your best protection against head injury in the event of a fall or accident.
Wearing a helmet makes sense in all conditions.

When adjusted, do the Eyes, Ears and Mouth Test to check for a  good fit:

1) EYES - You should see the very edge of your helmet when you look up past your eyebrows.

2) EARS - The straps should meet right under your ear lobes to form a Y.

3) MOUTH - The strap should be loose enough so you can breathe and insert a finger between the buckle and your skin, but tight enough that if you drop your jaw (as in a yawn) you can feel the helmet pull down on the top of your head.

Learn more about wearing, buying, and fitting a helmet!

We're here to help you strategize, answer questions, and support your community as you make plans for walk and bike activities this school year!
The Maine Safe Routes to School Team

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For More Information

Darcy Whittemore
Education Program Manager
Tel: 207-956-6537

Erik daSilva
Education Program Coordinator 
Tel: 207-956-6539

Shannon Belt
Education & Outreach Coordinator (Greater Portland)
Tel: 207-956-6528
Patrick Adams
MaineDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager
Tel: 207-624-3311

Upcoming Webinars

How Biking and Walking Benefit Maine's Economy
Wed Dec 7, 8am

What We're Reading
Safe Routes to Parks
Engage leaders and community members in developing safe and equitable access to parks for all people. 

Move Over Ball Sports: High School Mountain Biking On The Rise
Young athletes flood singletrack as mountain biking takes high school fall leagues by storm. 

How many more people need to be killed or injured while walking and bicycling on public roads before we start demanding the changes in education, enforcement and engineering that will reduce these tragic, senseless deaths?

Drew Blackstone grew up in Winthrop, where he'd bike with friends and ride to Wilson Pond to go fishing. Now a senior in high school, Blackstone just finished the Maine High School Mountain Bike Series as overall Class A champion.

Teach your students to travel safely!  The Maine SRTS Program offers FREE
 bicycle & pedestrian safety education to schools, rec programs, and other youth organizations. The in-person training covers 8 key points for  young   pedestrians and bicycle drivers. Adult education is also available.