Two years ago, Gardiner hosted a dinner for BikeMaine, and now the nonprofit that held the event is repaying the hospitality.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has announced it’s making a $12,300 challenge grant to the city to support its bicycle and pedestrian projects, which includes extension of the Cobbossee Trail.
“We started the BikeMaine event three years ago, and the goal of the ride has always been to increase the profile of bicycling and bike tourism,” Nancy Grant, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, said Monday. “We had a goal to raise enough money to support biking and walking projects in the host communities.”
Grant said at the end of last year’s event the organization had raised enough money to invite past host communities to propose projects for funding. It selected Gardiner’s trail project.
“We’re asking that the community use our grant to motivate the people in the community to support the project, so we have $12,300 and we’re giving it to Gardiner as they match it,” Grant said.
Jessica Lowell — 621-5632