New Year’s resolutions for 2019
Let's walk, bike & drive more safely by:

  • Not being distracted
  • Helping to educate young people about safe walking & biking practices
  • Working to make our communities more bike & pedestrian friendly
K-8 Education 2018 Recap
In 2018, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's Education Program educated 10,200 Mainers! More than half of those served were K-8 school students.

School based education takes the form of classroom visits, before and after school bicycle club rides, or bicycle safety rodeos.

To join the nearly 100 other Maine schools that take advantage of this FREE opportunity? Please let us know by visiting our website and requesting an education instructor at your school.

*We also work with non-school organizations including community groups and adult groups.
Good news from 2018: Fewer traffic fatalities!
In 2018, Maine launched the Heads Up program focusing on pedestrian safety that included public service announcements, public meetings and extra law enforcement. The number of traffic related deaths in 2018 was among the lowest in 60 years.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine was a key component of the state's program focusing on pedestrian safety, facilitating all the public meetings and contributing to the development of PSA and other resources that helped bend the curve of roadway fatalities. Read the full news article .

Let's all work to continue this trend in 2019!
Are you driving under the influence of your phone?
9 fatalities and 1,000 injuries occur daily involving distracted drivers. 
While there are many distractions on the road today, your mobile phone is one of the worst offenders. Take this quiz to test your knowledge about distracted driving and your phone.

Research shows that text messaging, which had the highest risk of over 20 times worse than driving while not using a phone, also had the longest duration of eyes-off-road time (4.6-second over a six-second interval). This equates to a driver traveling the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour without looking at the roadway!
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Voices for Healthy Kids up to $250,000
The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health with the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative.
The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, community, and out-of-school time/early care and education.
Deadline January 11, 2019

PeopleForBikes up to $10,000
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports easier and safer bicycling for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges
  • Mountain bike facilities
  • Bike parks and pump tracks
  • BMX facilities
  • End-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, bike repair stations and bike storage
  • Programs that transform city streets, such as Ciclovías or Open Streets Days
  • Campaigns to increase the investment in bicycle infrastructure
Spring deadline: January 18, 2019
Fall deadline: July 26, 2019 
Upcoming Webinars
Bike/Ped Safety Instructor Training 
Learn the key points to help your friends, family, students, co-workers, and community ride and walk more safely.
Jan 7, 9am


Let’s Get Moving: The Power of Physical Activity 
Explore the Physical Activity Guidelines and how communities are promoting physical activity.
Jan 9, 2pm


Investing in Health: Local Active Transportation Financing Initiatives
Why active transportation financing matters and what types of financing approaches are working for local governments.
Jan 31, 2pm
Organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, BikeMaine promotes the state as a bicycling destination and uses cycling as an economic development tool for local communities.  The Kickoff Party will feature:
  • The route reveal for BikeMaine 2019
  • The presentation of the 2019 Bicycle Coalition of Maine Awards
  • The drawing for the winners of the 2018/19 Super Raffle
  • Updates from E.D. John Williams and the BCM staff
  • Don't miss out on this FREE celebration brought to you by Maine Beer Company and the United Farmers Market of Maine!

Bicycle Coalition of Maine | (207) 623-4511 | 38 Diamond St, Portland, ME 04101 | saferoutes@bikemaine.org