Friday, April 18, 2014
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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Not everyone is comfortable with pedaling a bike around the Portland area's busy roadways during the summer months. Some would rather not break a sweat while they're outside seeing the sites the city and its surrounding towns have to offer.
If you fall into both of those categories, maybe an e-bike is the answer for you.
E-bikes looks much like people-powered cycles but they have an extra bonus - a small, quiet motor that allows the rider to choose whether to pedal or just ride along, propelled by the motor while enjoys the views.
Families looking to get their children safely into biking can take part in the Bike Safety Rodeo hosted June 17 by St. Peter's Episcopal Church in East Deering.
In addition to safe cycling instruction thanks to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine there will be plenty of food and fun during the event from 4 to 6 p.m.
According to Rev. Kelly Moughty, the idea for the rodeo stemmed from visits by the Bike and Build program which annually stops in Portland before embarking on a two-plus-month ride that ends in Santa Barbara, Calif. The goal is to help spread the word about cycling safety by checking helmets and bikes and allowing kids to pedal through a traffic skills course.
Find St. Peter's at 10 Alton St. in Portland or at stpetersport.org.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine puts on plenty of great events over the course of each year but help is always needed to make sure each ride is successful.
Next up on the BCM calendar is the July 21 Lobster Ride and Roll at Oceanside High School in Rockland. Volunteers are needed beginning the night before the ride (for early registration pickup) through clean up after the event.
If you'd like to lend a hand, go to the BCM's volunteer page and sign up for the job you'd like to do. Options range from being a ride cheerleader (if you happen to have a lobster costume you'd be perfect for this one) to rest stop attendants and kitchen assistants.
The Maine Women's Ride is just three weeks away and even if you don't plan to pedal along the route through and around Freeport you can still be a part of the event.
The host Bicycle Coalition of Maine is looking for volunteers both during the ride (Sunday, June 2) and for early registration pick-up the evening before the event (Saturday, June 1).
If you want to help celebrate cycling for women and girls of all ages sign up to volunteer on the BCM website. You'll find a list of volunteer jobs that need to be done and both the riders and the BCM members will be very grateful.
Most moms are going to want to be pampered on Monther's Day. They'll expect to be treated to a fancy brunch, to be handed a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and to be allowed to skip the cooking and the dishwashing for a day.
But other moms may want to use their day to get some exercise.
Portland's Quest Cycle is offering an opportunity to do just that with a free Sunday ride for Mom.
Book a spot in Quest's 10 a.m. Sunday ride and you'll automatically get a second bike reserved for free. Bring a mother, daughter, wife, sister and they can saddle up and pedal.