Thursday September 05, 2013 | 08:35 AM

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.

If you're on the roads during the BikeMaine ride (Sept. 8-14), either on two wheels or more, watch for cyclists in the following communities:

Sept. 8: Orono, Bradford, Milo, Sebec, Dover-Foxcroft

Sept. 9: Dover-Foxcroft, Stetson, Dixmont, Brooks, Belfast

Sept. 10: Belfast, Prospect, Blue Hill, North Brooksville, Castine

Sept. 11: Castine, East Blue Hill, Ellsworth, Trenton, Bar Harbor

Sept. 13: Bar Harbor, Hancock, Eastbrook, Ellsworth

Sept. 14: Otis, Eddington, Orono



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