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Bicycle Coalition of Maine Unveils 2017 BikeMaine Route

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Bicycle Coalition of Maine

34 Preble St.

Portland, ME 04101

CONTACT: Frank Gallagher                           

Office: 207-623-4511 x103

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Bicycle Coalition of Maine Unveils 2017 BikeMaine Route

The 5th Annual BikeMaine Ride Will Stop In Six Western/Central Maine Communities

February 2, 2017 – (PORTLAND, Maine) – The Bicycle Coalition of Maine revealed today the route for its 5th annual BikeMaine ride, announcing that the 2017 ride will make stops in Skowhegan, Pittsfield, Kingfield, Rangeley, Hartford and Farmington.

“This year’s BikeMaine route will take riders to the base of some of Maine’s most iconic peaks,” BikeMaine Event Director Zach Schmesser said. “It is an opportunity to showcase the splendor and natural beauty of this region of Maine, along with the people and the culture. It’s going to be a very special ride.”

This year’s ride, dubbed, “Pathway to the Peaks,” will be held from September 9-16. Participation is limited to 400 riders. Riders will cover an average of 55 miles per day and a total of approximately 350 miles by the end of the week. To date 325 riders have signed up before knowing the exact location of this year’s route. Two-thirds of these riders are from out of state, with 20 percent of the riders reporting they have never been to Maine.

BikeMaine is a fully-supported, seven-day cycling tour organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as the presenting sponsor. Since 2013, BikeMaine has pumped nearly $1.7 million into the local economies of the regions where past events were located. Last year’s sold-out ride in Downeast Maine contributed $626,000 in direct economic impact, including $400,000 spent by riders during the ride, and $226,000 spent by the Coalition to produce the event, which includes most meals for the participants. Whenever possible, food is purchased from Maine farms, fishermen and lobstermen, highlighting Maine products and local services, Schmesser said.

“The visit by BikeMaine in 2016 was a huge injection of excitement and business into our downtown. Several galleries reported their best-ever September with the help of the extra business of the 2-day visit,” Jeanne Peacock of the Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce said. “The restaurants reported excellent business and the politeness of the cyclists even as they waited in packed restaurants around town. Thank you BikeMaine!”

The BikeMaine daily schedule is developed to allow riders to enjoy a carefully curated ride each morning, while leaving time to explore the hospitable and welcoming host communities each afternoon. Many local businesses, lodging establishments, bars, restaurants and gift shops in the past have reported record sales around BikeMaine’s visit to their communities.

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About BikeMaine

BikeMaine is a fully-supported, seven-day cycling tour organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The tour takes a different course every year. Routes traverse uncrowded back roads, looping through small towns and scenic areas along the coast and inland. The event was created to promote the state as a bicycling destination and to use cycling as an economic development tool for local communities. Proceeds from the tour go to support bicycle advocacy in Maine. To learn more, visit ride.bikemaine.org.

About the Bicycle Coalition of Maine

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement. We support biking and walking for health, transportation, and recreation. For more information: bikemaine.org.


Downeast area welcomes wave of cyclists (The Quoddy Tides)

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By all accounts the BikeMaine visit Downeast was a stunning success. With over 400 cyclists, 75 BikeMaine staff and hundreds of volunteers involved, the winding back roads and small communities along Washington County’s coast were busy for the week of September 12.

Cyclists hailed from 37 states and several Canadian provinces, with some coming from as far away as San Diego and Seattle. The riders, with an average age of 59, rode for a full week and covered 375 miles during the BikeMaine event, sponsored by the Portland‑based nonprofit Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Optional side trips, such as to Reversing Falls, added another 44.5 miles. This year’s event was the fourth large‑scale ride organized by the group, according to event director Zach Schmesser. According to its website, the 5,000‑plus member coalition seeks “to make Maine better through biking and walking.”

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Bill Green’s ME: BikeMaine 2016 (WCSH6)

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BikeMaine 2016: Pedaling through Washington County

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BikeMaine helps provide a boost to local businesses (WCSH6)

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EASTPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) —  Cyclists from all over the world are in Maine this week for Bike Maine. Wednesday, they’re in Eastport for a day of rest.

And for businesses along the way, it can be a big boost to their bottom line. Lots of bicyclists can mean lots of business.

Wednesday, all those cyclists have a day of rest after arriving in Eastport on Tuesday.

Throughout the week they’ve visited all types of local spots.. From farm stands and restaurants to art galleries. 400 cyclists from 47 states or countries are riding an average of 55 miles per day, providing a boost to businesses along the way.

And just a few days ago the city of Eastport also welcomed about 8,000 to 10,000 people for the annual pirate festival, which brought in its own influx of tourists. Michael Morse owns a local art gallery in Eastport.

He believes that right now the city is doing pretty well. But he does say the more people they can attract to Eastport, the better.

“Just to get somebody new here somebody that never may have been in Eastport before, to come and see what kind of a great place that we have here its gorgeous its pretty, and we just feel that the tourist industry could help us a lot more and we have been seeing a lot more of it” said Michael Morse a local business owner in Eastport.

“Anytime anyone comes into Eastport it effects a whole lot of businesses and 400 people that’s a great opportunity there you know more outdoors enthusiasts so we hope with this great weather that they’re out and about” said Chris Brown, a local business owner in Eastport.

Thursday, those cyclists are packing up and heading to Lubec.

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BikeMaine is halfway complete in Eastport (WCSH6)

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BikeMaine visits Campobello, FDR’s 34-room “cottage” (WCSH6)

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Campobello, N. B. (NEWS CENTER)Campobello Island was the summer home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.  The 34-room cottage is the centerpiece of Roosevelt International Park.

The Roosevelts were an outdoor family and the house did not have many modern conveniences such as a telephone here.  Rather, they sailed, hiked, biked and played tennis during long, leisurely summers.

Historians think that Roosevelt’s philosophy about life, the environment and the less fortunate were shaped at Campobello.

Here he was stricken with infantile paralysis in 1921 and never walked unassisted again.  He made just three return visits to Campobello. All while President.

 


BikeMaine along the “Bold Coast” (WCSH6)

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CUTLER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Bold Coast Trail can be found on the state of Maine Public Reserve Lands in Cutler.

The trail runs about a mile-and-a-half from the state highway to the coast and then turns south along some breathtaking views.

After walking another four miles, the hikers arrive at a small campground with just five sights overlooking stunning views of the Atlantic.

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BikeMaine 2016: Bold Coast trails (WCSH6)

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BikeMaine riders camp out at Schoodic Institute (Ellsworth American)

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WINTER HARBOR — Toting plates of lasagna, salad and garlic bread followed by apple crisp, 400 bicyclists settled onto the ball field at the Schoodic Institute Sept. 10 before burrowing into their colorful tents for the night.

The bicyclists and dozens of support staff are participating in the fourth annual BikeMaine ride sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a nonprofit with more than 5,000 members. Its mission is to make the state a better place for bicyclists.

Mark Berry, president of the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, said the healthy, outdoor recreation is a nice way to showcase what the area in general, and the Schoodic Peninsula in particular, has to offer.

“Downeast Maine is an extraordinary place with a uniquely valuable natural landscape and attractive communities,” he said.

BikeMaine is the largest seven-day ride in the Northeast and is modeled after successful rides in other parts of the country.

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WCSH6 Covers BikeMaine (WCSH6)

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BikeMaine 2016: North America’s Largest Whirlpool (WCSH6)

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BikeMaine promotes biking and tourism Down East (WCSH6)

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Jonesport, ME (NEWS CENTER) — The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has brought its Bike Maine tour to Washington County’s Bold Coast.  400 bikers from 37 states or countries are riding an average of 55 miles a day.

The tour is designed to put the riders close to the communities through which they ride.

During the week, they will visit local galleries, farm stands and community halls where meals will be provided.  There is nightly entertainment and a chance to learn about the towns that are being visited.

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BikeMaine Scenic Spin (Downeast Magazine Feature)

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BikeMaine grant one of several Gardiner officials are set to accept Wednesday (Kennebec Journal)

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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.

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Bold Coast sees chance to make region bicycle tourism destination (Bangor Daily News)

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Posted June 23, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Bicycling means business.

That was the theme of a meeting held June 15 to plan for the development, promotion and management of long-term bicycle tourism opportunities in the Bold Coast region.

Hosted by the Washington County Council of Governments, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism, the meeting included 17 participants representing Washington County communities and organizations. The group plans to build on the fact that BikeMaine 2016 will bring 400 riders and 75 support personnel to the Bold Coast Sept. 10-17. The event will allow businesses and community organizations in the area to identify ways to serve bicycle tourists in the future.

“We are being offered this opportunity that is unique,” said Crystal Hitchings, regional planner and grant administrator for the Washington County Council of Governments and DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism. “If we are successful, it will be a model for the bicycle coalition to use throughout the state.”

BikeMaine was started in 2013 by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a nonprofit founded in 1992 to make Maine a better place for bicycling and walking. Each year, the event organizers choose a course somewhere in Maine for the one-week tour, traditionally starting the Saturday after Labor Day.

The Bold Coast was chosen as the route for 2016. Riders will pedal from the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park to Eastport and Lubec and back, riding on back roads that take them off the highway and into local communities.

BikeMaine riders will average 55 miles per day and stay overnight either at campsites or in local hotels and inns in the host communities of Winter Harbor, Jonesport, Machias, Eastport, Lubec and Milbridge. These communities also will offer activities and entertainment that showcases their local areas.

“Our region is really pretty special and recognized for being special,” Hitchings said.

BikeMaine Event Coordinator Zach Schmesser said 125 people are on the waiting list for this year’s tour, which is capped at 400 riders.

“We sold out in early March which, I think, is a testament to the region we’re going to,” he said.

BikeMaine brings money into the communities along its routes. In 2015, BikeMaine estimates that a total of $448,000 was pumped into the local economy. The more than 350 BikeMaine cyclists spent an average of $1,077 per person, Schmesser said. More was spent by organizers on food and supplies.

Kim True, BikeMaine senior advisor, said there’s good reason to cater to bicyclists long after the event.

The nation’s approximately 26.1 million bicyclists — which includes about 2.5 million in New England — tend to be “a more affluent, more educated group” with more disposable income. Bicycle tourists spend 29 percent more per day than tourists coming via other modes of transportation, she said.

For example, bicyclists can’t carry a lot of food with them, so they tend to buy more.

“They eat a lot more than other people because their food is their fuel,” True said, adding that they move at a slower pace than tourists in motor vehicles and tend to stay in one place longer.

Overall, bicycle tourism adds an estimated $66 million to Maine’s economy, she said. Washington County has the opportunity to get more of that pie.

Meeting participants discussed ways to do that. Ideas included offering training for businesses on how to be more bicycle friendly, making tourist maps that show the locations of services for bicyclists or bicycle friendly businesses and getting the word out about the amenities that exist in the area. This means not only getting the word out to prospective tourists, but also to other people in the area.

True also encouraged everyone to take photos of cyclists during the event and post them afterward on their websites and social media. This way, bicyclists who see the photos will know other cyclists already have been there and will see it as a bike-friendly destination.

“Nothing sells cyclists [like] seeing pictures of bicycles in your area,” she said.


Groups hope to boost Down East tourism with Bold Coast marketing plan (Bangor Daily News)

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MILBRIDGE, Maine — Officials are hoping a new marketing plan will increase tourism in the Down East area.

“I’m definitely hoping it will raise awareness of the region’s offerings for local, in-state, and out-of-state visitors,” said Crystal Hitchings, regional planner and grant administrator for the Washington County Council of Governments and DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism, which are working together to market the Bold Coast Scenic Byway.

The byway starts in Milbridge and follows Route 1 to Columbia Falls and takes Route 187 to Jonesport. Then, it goes back onto Route 1 to East Machias, where it takes Route 191 to Cutler to Route 189 to Lubec. It also includes a loop that goes from 189 back to Route 1 and then onto Route 190 to Eastport.

“Welcome to the Bold Coast of Maine, where the journey is the destination,” reads the new Bold Coast Scenic Byway website, created as part of the marketing plan. The plan also resulted in the creation of brochures for the area.

“In this far-flung corner of eastern Maine, salt air and a slowed pace rejuvenate the soul. People live in rhythm with the shifting of the tides, the migration of the fish, the rising of the sun, the turning of the leaf, and the warming of the soil,” continues the website. “Visitors are invited to experience the gentle pull of this magical landscape, to create memories with their local hosts and newfound friends, to connect with the simple joys and strengthening challenges of living in the Bold Coast region.”

The two organizations worked on the marketing plan for about three or four years and finished it last spring, Hitchings said. At the same time, the groups also completed an action plan and capital improvement plan, which identify items such as a needed visitor center in Milbridge, considered to be a “gateway” community to the Bold Coast. They also are working with officials in Cherryfield, also considered a gateway community, to develop a visitor center and railroad museum.

Hitchings said it is difficult to tell whether the completion of the marketing plan has had any economic impact over the past year.

“We don’t have any knowledge of past measures [to compare],” she said. “What it has done is create quite a bit of awareness.”

However, the plans and planning process did result in Bike Maine’s decision to hold this year’s event in the Bold Coast region, Hitchings said. During this event, held Sept. 10-17, about 400 cyclists will ride about 350 miles along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway, according to the Bike Maine 2016 website. Riders will start and finish at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor and will make stops in Jonesport, Machias, Eastport, Lubec and Milbridge. This will bring a big economic boost to the area, she said.

Hitchings also wants the marketing plan to boost the reputation of the Down East area.

“Washington County is rich in cultural and natural assets, and although we have our issues, we are far more than only our challenges,” she said.

 


Preparation underway for 2016 BikeMaine

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NEWS CENTER , WCSH 6:15 AM. EST March 23, 2016

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(NEWS CENTER) — We’re just six months away from this year’s Bike-Maine event and it’s already sold out!

September’s route will take 400 riders across the down east coast, through Hancock and Washington Counties.
Preparations are underway for the big, seven day ride. Zach Schmesser is the event director for Bike-Maine with more on this year’s ride.

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The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is proud to announce that BikeMaine 2016 has sold out in record time. This is the soonest the event has filled in the four-year history of the weeklong September ride. Four hundred cyclists will be at the start on Schoodic Point on September 10 for the 350-mile adventure. BikeMaine is the largest 7-day ride in the northeastern United States and is modeled after successful rides in other parts of the country. This years’ ride will have riders from thirty-five states and a half dozen countries.

“We are thrilled to sellout the BikeMaine event before the end of winter,” said Zach Schmesser, Coalition Events Director. “Every year we have endeavored to carefully grow BikeMaine while maintaining a ride that has garnered sterling reviews from participants. We are thrilled that the reputation of our ride and the great cycling found in Maine has resulted in our earliest sellout ever,” continued Schmesser. “Especially exciting for us was our ability to nearly double the number of in-state participants, in part because we are traveling to a part of the state that is less familiar to Mainers.”

Each year, BikeMaine chooses a different route and a new part of the state to explore. The 2016 edition of BikeMaine will cover 355 miles along the “Bold Coast” of Maine, exploring Washington and Hancock Counties. The event will take place from September 10-17 and allows riders to explore the people, places, culture, and food of Maine.

The first three BikeMaine rides generated a total of over $1 million in direct economic impact to different regions of the state through rider spending as well as the sourcing of local products and services for the ride. “BikeMaine perfectly aligns with a years-long regional effort to shine a light on the unique and little-known natural and cultural assets that characterize the Bold Coast,” said Coalition executive director Nancy Grant. The Coalition is collaborating with Washington County Council of Governments and Bold Coast communities to turn BikeMaine 2016 into a sustainable, permanent bike route after the September 2016 event is over.

The 2016 loop route will begin and end in Winter Harbor, and will include the following host communities: Jonesport, Machias, Eastport (two nights), Lubec and Milbridge. During the seven-day event, riders will experience spectacular, untouched natural beauty and the freshest and tastiest food Maine has to offer. Along the 355-mile route, cyclists will discover Maine’s history and culture with the assistance and encouragement of host community organizations and residents.

Working with local civic organizations, BikeMaine provides 18 meals made from locally sourced, seasonal foods, ample beverages and snacks, baggage transport, mechanical and medical support and a camping site that includes showers, restrooms, and evening entertainment.

BikeMaine, in support of its mission to promote bicycling, healthy lifestyles and economic development, is proud to have Presenting Sponsor Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine and supporting sponsors Vermont’s Original Bag Balm, Maine Beer Company, Norway Savings Bank and Poland Spring on board again this year.

Grant funding for BikeMaine has been generously provided by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Horizon Foundation, The Betterment Fund and the Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program. Key BikeMaine partnerships include Capital Ambulance and The Nature Conservancy. Media partners include WCSH6, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, the Bangor Daily News and Maine Magazine.

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BikeMaine Weeklong Cycling Ride Announces Early Sellout

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Contact:
Brian Allenby
Communications Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine

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34 Preble St. Portland, ME 04101
BikeMaine Weeklong Cycling Ride
Announces Early Sellout
Portland, ME, March 10, 2016 – The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is proud to announce that BikeMaine 2016 has sold out in record time.  This is the soonest the event has filled in the four-year history of the weeklong September ride. Four hundred cyclists will be at the start on Schoodic Point on September 10 for the 350-mile adventure. BikeMaine is the largest 7-day ride in the northeastern United States and is modeled after successful rides in other parts of the country. This years’ ride will have riders from thirty-five states and a half dozen countries.
“We are thrilled to sellout the BikeMaine event before the end of winter,” said Zach Schmesser, Coalition Events Director. “Every year we have endeavored to carefully grow BikeMaine while maintaining a ride that has garnered sterling reviews from participants. We are thrilled that the reputation of our ride and the great cycling found in Maine has resulted in our earliest sellout ever,” continued Schmesser. “Especially exciting for us was our ability to nearly double the number of in-state participants, in part because we are traveling to a part of the state that is less familiar to Mainers.”
Each year, BikeMaine chooses a different route and a new part of the state to explore. The 2016 edition of BikeMaine will cover 355 miles along the “Bold Coast” of Maine, exploring Washington and Hancock Counties. The event will take place from September 10-17 and allows riders to explore the people, places, culture, and food of Maine.
The first three BikeMaine rides generated a total of over $1 million in direct economic impact to different regions of the state through rider spending as well as the sourcing of local products and services for the ride. “BikeMaine perfectly aligns with a years-long regional effort to shine a light on the unique and little-known natural and cultural assets that characterize the Bold Coast,” said Coalition executive director Nancy Grant. The Coalition is collaborating with Washington County Council of Governments and Bold Coast communities to turn BikeMaine 2016 into a sustainable, permanent bike route after the September 2016 event is over.
The 2016 loop route will begin and end in Winter Harbor, and will include the following host communities: Jonesport, Machias, Eastport (two nights), Lubec and Milbridge. During the seven-day event, riders will experience spectacular, untouched natural beauty and the freshest and tastiest food Maine has to offer. Along the 355-mile route, cyclists will discover Maine’s history and culture with the assistance and encouragement of host community organizations and residents.
Working with local civic organizations, BikeMaine provides 18 meals made from locally sourced, seasonal foods, ample beverages and snacks, baggage transport, mechanical and medical support and a camping site that includes showers, restrooms, and evening entertainment.
BikeMaine, in support of its mission to promote bicycling, healthy lifestyles and economic development, is proud to have Presenting Sponsor Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine and supporting sponsors Vermont’s Original Bag Balm, Maine Beer Company, Norway Savings Bank and Poland Spring on board again this year.
Grant funding for BikeMaine has been generously provided by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Horizon Foundation, The Betterment Fund and the Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program. Key BikeMaine partnerships include Capital Ambulance and The Nature Conservancy. Media partners include WCSH6, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, the Bangor Daily News and Maine Magazine.
For more information: ride.bikemaine.org
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BikeMaine is a project of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement. The Coalition supports biking and walking for health, transportation and recreation.

BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

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Contact:

Brian Allenby
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Communications Director
207.252-8688
brian@bikemaine.com 

BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

Bicycle tour has brought over $1.0 million to Maine

Portland, ME, February 4, 2016 – On Thursday night, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine revealed the route and host communities of the fourth annual BikeMaine tour. The week-long ride will cover 350 miles along the “Bold Coast” of Maine, exploring Washington and Hancock Counties. The event will take place from September 10-17, 2016 and allows riders to explore the people, places, culture, and food of Maine. In the past three years, BikeMaine has delivered over $1 million in direct economic impact to different regions of the state through rider spending as well as the sourcing of local products and services for the ride.

Each year, BikeMaine chooses a different route and a new part of the state to explore. Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Nancy Grant offered, “We are incredibly excited to explore yet another amazing region of our state on two wheels. Leveraging the power of bicycling to drive awareness and economic growth is a core part of the Coalition’s mission.”

BikeMaine 2016 will showcase communities along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway, which extends across Washington and Hancock Counties. BikeMaine perfectly aligns with a years-long regional effort to shine light on the unique and little-known natural and cultural assets that characterize this region. The Coalition is collaborating with Washington County Council of Governments and Bold Coast communities to turn BikeMaine 2016 into a sustainable, permanent bike route after the September 2016 event is over.

“Hosting Bike Maine gives our communities an opportunity to tell their unique stories in their own voices, utilizing their own resources,” said Crystal Hitchings of the Washington County Council of Governments. “Best of all, it allows communities to welcome visitors and interact with them in the way Downeasters do best – as if they were family and old friends.  Communities are excited for the opportunity to share and celebrate, but they are also excited for the opportunity to challenge themselves and grow.”

This year’s ride, entitled “BikeMaine 2016: Discover the Bold Coast,” will build on the success of last year’s ride, and will feature host communities in Washington and Hancock Counties. The loop route will begin and end in Winter Harbor, and will include the following host communities: Jonesport, Machias, Eastport (two nights), Lubec and Milbridge. During the seven-day event, riders will experience spectacular, untouched natural beauty and specially curated daily routes will be paired with authentic and intimate host communities and of course the freshest and tastiest food Maine has to offer.

The 2016 route will see participants pedaling 354 miles (an average of 55 miles each day, with options for increased mileage) and climb more than 19,800 feet in cumulative elevation.  Along the way, cyclists will discover Maine’s history and culture with the assistance and encouragement of host community organizations and residents.

The ride will be limited to 400 riders. Last year’s sold-out event attracted attendees from thirty-five states and 3 countries. Registration for BikeMaine 2016 is purposefully being kept small to ensure an intimate, well supported, quality experience for riders and host communities.  The cost is $875 per rider and includes 18 meals made from locally sourced, seasonal foods, ample beverages and snacks, baggage transport, mechanical and medical support and a camping site that includes showers, restrooms, and evening entertainment. Registration ride.bikemaine.org is currently open and the ride is expected to sell out as it did in 2015.

Cyclists will camp in a different host community each evening, eating meals prepared by local organizations. Wherever possible, support services, provisions, entertainment, and meals will be secured from host communities in an effort to benefit the local economy.

BikeMaine, in support of its mission to promote bicycling, healthy lifestyles and economic development, is proud to have Presenting Sponsor Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine and supporting sponsors Vermont’s Original Bag Balm, Maine Beer Company, Norway Savings Bank and Poland Spring on board again this year.

“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is once again pleased and proud to be supporting BikeMaine because it provides us with an opportunity to showcase the beauty of Maine while staying true to our mission of helping to improve the health and well-being of people and communities across our state,” said Dan Corcoran, plan president and general manager. “Last year several of our associates volunteered their time and were inspired by the drive and determination of those participating. As a company with over 875 local employees, we greatly appreciate the economic benefits that this tour brings to Maine each and every year.”

Grant funding generously has been provided the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Horizon Foundation, The Betterment Fund and the Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program. Key BikeMaine partnerships include Capital Ambulance and The Nature Conservancy. Media partners include WCSH6, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, the Bangor Daily News and Maine Magazine.

BikeMaine is a project of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement. The Coalition supports biking and walking for health, transportation and recreation.

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For additional information on the BikeMaine 2016 route, detailed maps, host community descriptions, registration guidance, and responses to several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) visit the BikeMaine website at ride.bikemaine.org.


2017 Ride Details

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Route Archive

Recreate the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Rides with Route and Community details. Read More

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