It was great talking with you at the common Ground Fair.  The Bicycle
Coalition of Maine is doing outstanding work and Vermont can learn a lot
from you.

Thanks for including me on your list serve.  I am going to pass it on the
people of the Vermont list serve for their information.

I hope that we can get you over here to talk to our group some time in the
next few months.  We could really benefit from learning more about Maine's

-----Original Message-----
From: BCM <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, September 30, 1999 10:38 PM
Subject: Fair Report, Weekend Events & 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.
>What an amazing weekend we had at the Common Ground Country Fair!  A
>total of 581 people bicycled to the fair who rode a total of over 6,800
>miles!  We also signed up 33 new members and got to meet and talk with
>lots of excellent folks. Thanks to the 30 plus volunteers who helped
>staff the BCM booth and Valet Bike Parking.  Extra big thanks to Fred
>Robie, Chuck Lakin, Bill Heath, and Harry Faust for their extra efforts
>in organizing.  We learned a lot and refined the service quite a bit this
>year and feel confident in exporting the service to other large events
>and fairs.  If you have a suggestion of an event you would like to see
>Valet Bike Parking at next year, please e-mail us.
>It also sounds like this coming weekend will be equally wonderful weather
>wise.  There are a couple of excellent bike events we strongly encourage
>you to check out.
>Friday Night the Abnaki Ski and Outing Club is hosting your's truly at
>their 51st Annual Meeting at the Pine Tree State Arboretum in Augusta.  I
>will be showing slides of my around-the-world bike tour I did several
>years back on my Watson Fellowship studying bicycle use in other
>societies.  A potluck begins at 5:30 and the slide show will begin
>sometime around 6:30.  All are welcome to this public event. Feel free to
>call David Auclair at 623-4351 with any questions.
>Saturday is the MaineShare Family Fall Foliage Bike-a-thon and 10th
>Anniversary Celebration.  MaineShare is a federation of 32 statewide
>nonprofits including the BCM.  Tens of thousands of Mainers contribute to
>MaineShare through this efficient workplace giving program and the
>organization raised $112,000 for nonprofits last year.  Come show your
>support and check out some beautiful riding in the Richmond area (halfway
>between Portland and Augusta - exit 26 on I-95).
>Sunday is the popular Cadillac Challenge on Mount Desert Island.  There
>are 25, 60 & 100 mile rides to choose from that wind all over MDI and
>through Acadia National Park.  The rides finish with a pedal up Cadillac
>Mountain, some 1,532 overlooking Maine and the Atlantic.  Show up at the
>Acadia N.P. Visitor Center at 8:00am.
>Finally I would like to put in one last plug for the Membership Campaign
>which is winding up.  If you want to be in the drawing for the Aegis
>Carbon fiber frame, the Moss tent, the BOB Trailer, the Can Am Wheelers
>MOOSA Bike Tour, or the Racing Jacket donated by Downeast Bicycle
>Specialists, you'd better get your membership (new or renewal) in today!
>The drawing is being held Saturday at the MaineShare celebration.  If you
>want to call in your membership via credit card, call me anytime today or
>this evening (up till 10pm) at 288-3028.
>Hope to see you this weekend!
>SATURDAY, OCT 2nd - MaineShare Bike-a-Thon
> & 10th Anniversary Celebration at the
>Richmond Sauna, Richmond Maine
>9:00 am 15, 35, & 50 mile road rides &
>      @20 mile mountain bike ride begins
>10:00 -12:00 Children's activities
>      including helmet decorating
>12:00 picnic, music and entertainment including
>     Jackson Gillman, Delco Ray, & Tony Gaboury Jazz
>Bicyclists must fundraise or pay $50
>        - lunch and entertainment free
>Tickets for lunch and music are $15 adults
>         and $5 for 6-12 yr old
>Call MaineShare at 622-0105 with any questions.
>Cadillac Challenge
>25, 62, & 100 mile rides start from the Acadia National Park Visitor
>Center at 8am.  No fees though donations to the organizers are
>Acadia Triathlon
>4.4 mile Run, 13 mile Bike, 4 mile Paddle
>8:00 registration at Long Pond (Somesville)
>Contact MDI YMCA at 288-3511
>in Bar Harbor with the Casco Bay Bike Club
>call Amy at 773-2846
>Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director
>Bicycle Coalition of Maine
>P.O. Box 5275
>Augusta, ME 04332
>(207) 288-3028
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