I am still trying to work out a date for Jeff to visit Vermont.  We had
settled on Thursday December 2nd but now that may be conflicting with
another trip he has to take.  I hope to have it resolved by early next week.

-----Original Message-----
From: BCM <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, October 28, 1999 1:31 PM
Subject: Bike Related Bonds & more

>Advocating bicycling safety, education, and access in Maine, the Bicycle
>Coalition of Maine is working to make Maine accessible and safe for all
>residents and visitors so they may comfortably and responsibly bicycle.
>The BCM also promotes bicycling for transportation, health, recreation,
>and fun to enhance our communities, environment, and economy.
>Dear Maine Cyclists,
>The Fall issue of Maine Cyclist is at the printers and should be arriving
>by the end of next week.  In the mean time there are couple of important
>things you should know about, including bond issues that will improve
>biking in Maine if approved. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has worked in
>cooperation with other partner organizations to help support the
>Transportation Bond and the Land for Maine's Future Bond.  If you have
>any questions or need more info, please don't hesitate to contact us at
>288-3028 or [log in to unmask]
>#3 - TRANSPORTATION BOND - This bond will raise $56 million for a whole
>host of transportation infrastructure in every part of the state.
>Complimenting the gains in the new gas tax, it will increase the shoulder
>paving MDOT does.  $250,000 of the bond will fund rail trail development
>in Maine.  There will also be significant funds to support mass transit
>and rail (freight & passenger), giving Mainers and visitors much more
>transportation choice.  It will also make the state eligible for up to
>$112 million in matching federal funds.
>#7 - LAND FOR MAINE'S FUTURE Bond - This bond will keep one of Maine's
>most successful public lands programs in effect.  Bicyclists benefit from
>this bond with increased or preserved access for off road riding.  A 75
>mile network of rail trails in Aroostook County, an extension to Bradbury
>State Park and mountain biking trails on Mt Agamenticus in York are just
>a few of the 47 projects across Maine to preserve public access for
>future generations.  You can learn more on this issue at
>Do you live in PISCATAQUIS or SAGADAHOC counties?  Bicyclists are still
>needed to represent these counties as we work with MDOT to help identify
>and prioritize shoulder paving projects.
>The Maine Freewheelers Fall Pot Luck Supper is Saturday, November 6th, at
>5:30PM.  This highlight of the social season will be held at the Hampden
>Congregational Church on Main Road (Route 1A) in Hampden.  The church is
>a few hundred yards north towards Bangor from the Routes 1A/9
>intersection.  This is a pot luck affair so rev up your stoves, ovens,
>and food processors and bring your best efforts to share.  Along with the
>food and friendship to share, we will have a BRIEF business meeting
>including reports on the Freewheelers Century and Cadillac Challenge
>rides.  If
>anyone has some photos to share, please bring them along.  You can
>contact Tony Mourkas for further directions or details at
><[log in to unmask]>.
>I'm going to save the rest for the newsletter but just as a teaser there
>is loads of great info on goings on around the state, important info from
>Dr. Spokewrench on how to determine if you bike computer or bike are Y2K
>compliant, an amazing 31 person bike ridden by an Augusta family, tips
>for cold weather riding and much much more.
>Till then I hope you can all get a couple of bike rides in while the
>pavement / gravel / dirt are still easy to find.
>Be sure to get these dates in your planner!
>Wednesday, November 3rd, Maine Bike Race Promoters meeting in Portland.
>Contact Jack Beaudoin at [log in to unmask] for details.
>Thursday, November 4, 7 pm  Kennebunk Town Hall: MDOT's First Meeting
>seeking public comment on the Eastern Trail (S.Portland -> Berwick ->
>contact John Andrews at [log in to unmask]
>Saturday, November 6, 10 am 2nd Annual Great Osprey Bike Race starting
>from Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport.  Mixed course of tar & gravel with
>4.6 or 13.9 mile courses to choose from. $15 entry fee for adults, $10
>for ages under 17, includes world famous Great Osprey Bike Race T-shirt
>for registrations received by Oct. 30th.  Contact Freeport Community
>Education at 865-6171 for info.
>Saturday November 6, 5:30 pm  Maine Freewheelers Potluck (see above)
>A little further down the line.....
>11/16 Public meeting, Downeast Trail, Ellsworth City Hall, 7pm
>11/17 Injury Prevention Conference, Sheraton Hotel, South Portland,
>11/17 BCM VOLUNTEER NIGHT - Portland, 6pm call or e-mail BCM for
>11/17 Public meeting, Little Androscoggin Share Use Path, Auburn City
>Hall, 7pm
>11/18 BCM BOARD MEETING - Belfast, 7pm call or e-mail BCM for directions
>11/28 CeMMBA November ride at Summerhaven in Belgrade, 10:00 AM. Call
>Glenn or Laurie at 877-9844 or [log in to unmask] for directions and info.
>12/9 Transportation Conference, Augusta Civic Center. Call MDOT at
>287-6600 for info.
>12/9 Maine Bike Council Meeting 5-7pm, Augusta Civic Center. Contact John
>Balicki at 287-6600 for info.
>Please pass along BCM e-mail updates to help spread the word.  Also
>encourage other bicyclists you know to join the BCM if they haven't done
>so already.  If you have comments or submissions for the BCM e-mail
>updates or wish to stop receiving them, please contact us at
>[log in to unmask]
>Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director
>Bicycle Coalition of Maine
>P.O. Box 5275
>Augusta, ME 04332
>(207) 288-3028
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