Friday, March 7, 2014
Thanks mostly to the efforts of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, our state is consistently listed among the top bike-friendly states in the country.
Now, also thanks to the BCM, Mainers and out-of-staters alike will get the chance to see what the Pine Tree State has to offer on a week-long BikeMaine tour.
"... we wanted to create a signature ride that showcases the best of Maine - from lobster and landscapes to small towns and great people - in a week-long rolling adventure," said BikeMaine ride committee chair Mark Ishkanian.
Whether you're looking for a 5-mile ride or a century, you don't have to look anywhere but Biddeford this weekend as the 2012 edition of the Maine Bike Rally kicks off Friday.
The three-day event, which will take place at Biddeford Middle School, features both on-road and off-road rides, plus an accredited time trial. There will also be a bike expo, an ice cream social and musical entertainment.
Road rides include a 20.6-mile Intro to the Eastern Trail route that winds through Biddeford, Arundel and Kennebunk, or the Sand 'n Sundaes Camp Ellis ride that takes riders through Ocean Park and Old Orchard Beach. That ride stretches 16.9 miles.
The Amtrak Downeaster is a perfect option for taking a day trip while leaving the car at home. And it's now becoming a great option for those who want to head south with their bike, no roof rack required.
Under the Take the Train to Maine options on its website, Amtrak is currently promoting featured car-free activities. Among them is a Wells bike adventure.
According to Amtrak officials, bikes are allowed for passengers boarding in Portland, Wells and Boston North Station. From Portland, the Downeaster departs five times daily for the quick ride to Wells.
When it's summer in Maine, everyone's looking for a way to get out on the water. But the opportunities to do that with your bike are, well ... so limited that trekking to Greenville to do it doesn't sound like such a bad idea.
And if you can bike, and boat and have your fee for the event benefit a local hospital, well, why not?
This Saturday, June 30, is Bike & Boat 2012, which helps out the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital & Nursing Home in Greenville. The 25-bed critical access hospital is nestled near the shores of Moosehead Lake and is also home to Northwood Healthcare.
Maine Foodie Tours apparently knows how bikers like to reward themselves after a ride.
The Portland-based company has included a "Bike and Brews Tour" to its list of options, pairing cyclists with lighthouses, scenic views and Allagash brews.