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Bicycle Coalition of Maine Launches “Community Spokes” Program

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has named 12 people from throughout the state as Community Spokes to lead advocacy efforts for bicycling in their local areas.
The Community Spokes are: 
·     Auburn: Joel Savilonis    
·     Bath: Robert McChesney  
·     Brunswick: Bob Bruce  
·     Fort Kent: Karen Boutot  
·     Freeport: Anne-Marie Davee
·     Lewiston: Craig Saddlemire  
·     North Yarmouth: Andy Walsh  
·     Portland: Eric Larsson and Maryalice Walker     
·     Rockland area:  John Anders and John Sommo   
·     Waterville: Scott Workman  
“Many of our Community Spokes already are working in their hometowns to build bicycling and walking facilities and to improve bicycle safety,” said Nancy Grant, the Bicycle Coalition’s executive director. “Our training and support will help them become more effective advocates in making Maine more bicycle-friendly. Our goal is to create a network of Community Spokes that covers the entire state.”
The Bicycle Coalition received an $18,000 grant from the Alliance for Biking & Walking in Washington, D.C. to develop a bicycle advocacy leadership program.  The coalition created a handbook for local advocates and recently held a daylong training session for the first class of Community Spokes.  That will be followed by bimonthly “mutual aid” conference calls and additional support in efforts such as seeking funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects.
The Bicycle Coalition plans to train a new class of Community Spokes next spring.  Anyone interested in participating should contact Grant at
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has been working since 1992 to make Maine a better place to bicycle.  The coalition advocates for Maine cyclists at the Legislature and in Washington, D.C., teaches bicycle safety to thousands of Maine schoolchildren each year, partners with state agencies on a Share the Road media campaign and serves as a resource on local bicycling issues. 

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