Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for PressHerald.com.
Her Pedal On blog offers info, events and advice for people who love their bikes more than, well ... almost anything.
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As if it isn't getting too early already, on Sunday evening you can expect darkness to fall before you wake from your football-induced afternoon nap. Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m., making it much more difficult to get your outdoor pedaling in.
Thanks to help from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine you can still get in your post-work ride. BCM is currently sponsoring a Bike Brightly Campaign to help light the way for riders who are out after dark.
The non-profit will help educate riders and help light up their bikes.
Ask 10 people, and chances are good nine of them will say they love animals.
But loving your own animals - sharing your home with them, making sure they have the best food and cuddling up with them at night - is a bit different than biking 3,000 miles for cats and dogs you never have (and probably never will) meet.
That's what Armen Abalian, a native Californian currently living in Europe, plans to do beginning Oct. 1. He'll be visiting 48 states and bike for 60 miles through each to raise awareness about the numbers of euthanized pets in this country. He'll also be attempting to raise money for many local no-kill shelters in the states he visits. Find out more in the video below and at bikingforanimals.org.
Employees and volunteers for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine were out and about in front of the 34 Preble St. Portland location bright and early this morning to get ready for PARK(ing) Day. What they accomplished by 8 a.m. was to make the two vehicle parking spots in front of their office worth a visit today for anyone who has an interest in bikes - or milkshakes.
In case you're not familiar, PARK(ing) Day is an international event when businesses, artists and regular citizens turn metered parking spaces into temporary public parks for a day. About 20 such "parks" are expected to be set up in Portland today. (To see Shannon Bryan's slideshow on MaineToday.com click here.)
Recreation options weren't always this great for people with adaptive needs. Thanks to the work of several great Maine organizations, those with physical disabilities and visual impairments can now participate in many of the same sports and activities - cycling, skiing, golf and more - that the able-bodied do.
On Saturday, local cyclists can get into the act to help make the options even more abundant by participating in the NEVI Fest/Pine Tree Camp First Annual Bike Ride starting at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.
The ride benefits Pine Tree Camp and the New England Blind/Visually Impaired Ski Festival. Registration fee is just $45 (which includes lunch and a T-shirt) and starts at 7:30 p.m. You can also register online at nevifest.org.
The inaugural BikeMaine event is set to roll out of Orono Sept. 8 with 260 riders.
When the participants pedal away from the BikeMaine Village set up under the direction of Orono community coordinator Belle Ryder it will mark the culmination of two years of planning, coordinating, marketing and promoting. These types of week-long rides have become great tourism draws in other states and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, which runs BikeMaine, expects this ride to do the same.
"In addition to furthering the safety, advocacy and education goals of the Coalition, this ride will help put the state of Maine on the map for bike tourism," said Nancy Grant, BCM executive director.
After several bike-related accidents this cycling season, including a fatal one at the Trek Across Maine, safety will be an issue. Riders will be urged to ride with caution and vehicle drivers in the areas where the BikeMaine riders will be traveling should be on alert.