Thursday June 28, 2012 | 09:40 AM

Human powered vehicles come in all shapes and sizes. And you'll see them all at the 2012 New England Human Powered Vehicle Rally this weekend at Rogers Pond in Kennebunk.

The rally is now in its ninth year of celebrating practical, healthy and environmentally friendly people-powered transportation. Expect to see recumbent bikes, velomobiles (enclosed recumbent bikes), electric assisted bikes and home-built or store-bought versions of any of the above.

Here's a column I wrote about last year's rally. The event is run by Ethan Davis of Wildfire Human Powered Vehicles.

Davis' goal is to get more people using HPVs year-round and for doing everything from getting back and forth to work to hauling a week's worth of groceries. That means rally attendees should expect to find practical accessories like fenders, baskets and luggage racks.

Saturday's schedule has the show and tell expo from 8 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a group ride (about 30 miles) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ride participants will be asked to pay $10 (and there will be a stop for lunch) but the expo is free to the public. The expo portion of the event continues from 2 to 5 p.m. Bike owners may be willing to give test rides of their machines during the expo.

Click here for a map of the location.


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