The BikeMaine team recently brought together leaders from the communities hosting BikeMaine 2015 to begin planning in earnest for the arrival of 350 bicyclists and 50 volunteers in September. Representatives of Kittery, Old Orchard Beach, Bridgton, Bethel and Kennebunk met with Bicycle Coalition of Maine staff and BikeMaine Ride Committee volunteers to learn more about event logistics and the needs of BikeMaine riders.
After a general information session led by Ride Director Kim True and Event Manager Zach Schmesser, the participants broke into three groups to discuss issues unique to each: town coordinators, food coordinators and bike champions. Community Relations Coordinators Tina West and Jeanne Peckiconis instructed town coordinators about the logistics, activities and entertainment required for hosting the event, then facilitated a brainstorming session on how to make the stay in each town memorable for event participants. Hear what the town coordinators have to say about their towns.
Food coordinators met with BikeMaine’s Food Director Patti Hamilton to determine each town’s food traditions and local farm specialties. This exercise is an important step in creating a menu that reflects each town’s heritage and uses the best local ingredients available. While menus are still being finalized, one thing is certain: Kittery will be serving a traditional Maine lobster bake right on the shores of Portsmouth Harbor.
Abby King, Community Advocacy Coordinator for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, met with each town’s “Bike Champion,” the person appointed to head up a town-wide committee working to make the town more bike/walk friendly. The Coalition is assisting each town accomplish a bicycle-related project in 2015. This is just one way the Coalition thanks the host communities for partnering to put on BikeMaine and moves closer to completing its mission of making Maine better for biking and walking.