Friday, March 7, 2014
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.
Here's what you can expect in the coming months:
Light Giveaways: The Coalition will host several giveaway events where front and rear lights will be distributed to young people and those who cannot afford lights. Efforts will focus on partnerships with social services organizations, neighborhood associations and local law enforcement.
Membership Incentive: All new and renewing members (at any level) will receive free lights when they signup before Nov. 22.
Night Ride: The Coalition will host a short night time ride with awards going to the most creatively illuminated bikes.
Check the BCM website for details.
Many of local bike shops have great deals on lights right now, including:
Auclair Cycle and Ski, Augusta – 623-4351
Back Bay Bike, Portland – 773-6906
Berger’s Bike Shop, York – 363-4070
Center St. Cycles, Brunswick – 729-5309
Chain Station, Brunswick – 725-1100
Chase Cyclery, Andover – 392-3732
Ernie’s Cycle Shop, Westbrook – 854-4090
Gorham Bike and Ski, Portland / Saco – 773-1700 / 283-2453
Kennebunkport Bicycle Company, Kennebunkport – 251-3135
L.L. Bean Bike, Boat and Ski, Freeport – 877-755-2326
Maine Sport Outfitters, Rockport – 236-7120
Port City Bikes, Portland – 775-6125
Quinn’s Bike & Fitness, Biddeford – 284-4632
Rainbow Bicycle, Lewiston – 784-7576
Sports Trader, Lewiston – 376-4924
Wheels N Waves, Ogunquit – 646-5774
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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