The eight members of the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee have worked hard over the past year to make the town safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. We are pleased that over 260 BikeMaine riders will roll through Bath on Sept. 12. We expect they will enjoy cruising around our increasingly bikefriendly community. The improvements the community has made, at the urging of the Bike/Ped Committee, include:
— Certification by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community (in 2013).
— Installation of ‘3-Feet Please’ signage on key roads and a commitment to education and enforcement of Maine’s Safe Passing Law from the Bath Police Department
— Installation of bike racks around town, including at the Bath Visitor Information Center and Hampton Inn.
— The hosting of a bike rodeo, in conjunction with the Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club, which included the distribution of 150 free helmets.
Our Committee has also:
— Collected data from surveys and travel tallies with the Safe Routes to School Program in order to identify barriers for kids walking and biking to school.
— Conducted an Active Living Assessment of the town with ACCESS Health Staff.
— Encouraged bicycle commuting in town during “Bike-to-Work” week in May.
The Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee looks forward to welcoming BikeMaine riders on September 12!