Do have a bike you no longer need?

Interested in having someone make good use of a bicycle that you are no longer using?

Bath resident and retired physician, Mark Wheeler, has been collecting unwanted bicycles and repairing them for asylum seekers. In the past three years, he has delivered about 25 bikes to these appreciative people. Most of these bikes have found new homes in six households here in Bath. Several bikes have ended up in Brunswick.

If you have a bike you do not want and would like to donate it to this project, please call Mark at (207)443-5712.

Photos of Volunteers Preparing Bicycles for Asylum Seekers in the Bath and Brunswick Area Last Year

Volunteers Prepping Bikes for Asylum Seekers 1

Volunteers Prepping Bikes for Asylum Seekers 2

Mark Wheeler and Robert McChesney

Volunteers Prepping Bikes for Asylum Seekers 3

Volunteers Prepping Bikes for Asylum Seekers 4

How Far Your Spit Flies, Slowing Traffic, and More Updates

Several members of the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee are Community Spokes with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM). BCM hosts Community Spokes meetings to keep communities in touch with the latest information and to support statewide bicycle and pedestrian advocacy campaigns.

This post provides a few highlights from the April 14th Community Spokes session hosted on Zoom.

Community Projects

Demonstration Bike Rack, Bath, Maine

This demonstration was done in Bath by their Bike/ped Committee, using materials that BCM loaned them to make bike parking in a parking spot on Front Street in downtown Bath.

Traffic Calming Demonstration Projects, Yarmouth, Maine

Traffic calming is one of the most requested measures that communities are looking for, wanting to slow down speeding traffic. This project in North Yarmouth was called “Kite in Sight” – done by the Living Well Committee. This was a type of gateway treatment where eye-catching signage, or art, in this case, is placed on every road that enters the center of town. The slogan was: “Kite in Sight Please Slow Down.”

That campaign in North Yarmouth was followed up with traffic calming demonstration projects – setting up crosswalks, using planters to narrow the travel lanes, and enhance crosswalk visibility.

Traffic Calming in North Yarmouth Maine

The data collected before the demonstrations were in place showed that only 33% of the drivers obeyed the speed limit. After the demonstrations were set up, 80% of drivers adhered to the speed limit. This shows how simple traffic calming measures can make a big difference in how fast people drive.

Data on Traffic Calming North Yarmouth Maine

Biking Distance Recommendations

One guideline that continues to evolve during this pandemic is related to the distance we should keep when we are around others – varying from 6’ to 25’. The distance recommendations for when we are exercising outdoors has increased considerably. This illustration shows just how much of a footprint we leave in the air every time we expel air from our lungs through our nose and mouth. This image shows the cloud of droplets from exhaling during exercise which varies depending on the intensity of a person’s workout.

Respiratory Signature on a Bike

For the Latest COVID-19 Biking Safety Information please visit the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Website.

Additional Information

Download Slides from April 14, 2020, BCM Community Spokes Meeting [PDF]

Biking and Walking Safety Resources

If you’ve had a chance to be outside over the past few weeks, you will have noticed a significant increase in the number Bath citizens out and about walking and biking.  One of the outcomes of people staying safe at home is that they are discovering the possibility of getting exercise and just enjoying the outdoors right where they live.  One of the benefits of living in Bath, Maine, is that we can do this simply by walking out our front door, and enjoying miles of roads, sidewalks and as well as access to trails in local preserves.

While it may be the case that vehicle traffic is reduced during this time, with an increase in walkers and bikers it’s important, now more than ever, that everyone involved be aware of some basic safety guidelines for biking and walking.

The following resources provided by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine only take a few minutes to review. Please share with your family and friends.

The Basics of Bicycle Safety


Be A Safe Bike Driver – 2 Page Handount [PDF]

The Basics of Pedestrian Safety


Be A Safe Walker – 2 Page Handout – PDF

Missing The Bus

On a recent episode of the (excellent) podcast 99 Percent Invisible, it was noted that transportation is the single greatest source of greenhouse gasses in the U.S.

Sources of Greenhouse Gases 2017
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

It further discussed how buses are an effective, technologically feasible way of reducing these greenhouse gasses.

The Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee works to improve the built environment for bicyclists, walkers, and runners in the City of Bath, Maine. As noted in the podcast, these facilities are a part of the overall transportation network, and buses are a part of this network as well.

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In the City of Bath, the City Bus provides transportation from Monday through Friday from 8-5:30 p.m. on both a South and North Loop for $1 / ride.

The bus schedule, map, and additional information on bus operations can be found on the City of Bath website here: https://www.cityofbath.com/citybus


This post authored by Committee Member, Anne Dunham

Recent Accidents Stress the Importance of Biking Safety Basics

One of the goals of the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee is to make cycling a safe and pleasurable experience for Bath cyclists. Over the past month, three local cyclists have been involved in significant accidents.  Hopefully all involved will fully recover.

The Bike/Ped committee offers these reminders to cyclists of the basics of riding safety.

Wear a helmet!

  • Maine State law states anyone under age 16 must wear a helmet.  No matter your age, wearing a helmet protects riders from serious head injury.
  • Make sure the helmet fits properly and is certified with an appropriate sticker.

Obey the Rules of the road.

  • Ride in a straight line and in single file if riding with a group.
  • Always ride with traffic. Take the travel lane to set up for a left turn , to pass a vehicle or avoid an unsafe situation
  • Use Hand signals. Extend left arm to signal a left turn, extend right arm to signal a right turn and left arm down to signal stop.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals! It’s the law!!
  • Be alert and look ahead to avoid obstacles.
  • Leave plenty of room when passing parked cars to avoid opening doors.
  • Don’t ride on the sidewalk unless under the age of 12. It puts riders in a position where drivers and pedestrians are not expecting to see them.

Dress Brightly

  • Wear brightly colored clothing and reflective materials so you may be easily seen
  • Avoid loose fitting clothing, tuck in shoelaces and secure loose straps.
  • Maine law requires a cyclist to have a headlight (visible for 200 ft.) and a rear reflector when riding after dark. These are good during the day also.

Quick Check of Bicycle

  • Check tire air pressure. Proper pressure is indicated on the wall of the tire.
  • Check you brakes. Properly functioning brakes are vital to insure safety. If you are unsure about the brake function, check with your local bike shop.
  • Make sure your chain is clean and not rusty. After cleaning your chain some chain lube is a good idea.
  • Give your bike a once over and make sure quick releases are secured.

Please be safe, responsible and enjoy your ride.

Happy Trails.
Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

Bath Cyclists on a Ride

Protect your Bike! Register it for free!

Come visit the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee table on Citizen’s Involvement Day, October 12th at Waterfront Park and Register your Bike for Free with the Bath Police Department.

Bring your bike or if you can’t bring your bike, bring 1) the make of your bike and 2) the serial number (stamped into the metal under the bottom bracket).  If you cannot find the serial number there, you can refer to this image for other common locations for the serial number.

Having your bike registered means that if your bike is ever lost or stolen and then recovered, it can be returned to you.

For further information about registering your bike in Bath, Maine, call the Bath Police Department at (207)443-6154.

Bath Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Updates

Infrastructure is the built environment that supports our walking, running, and rolling transportation about the City.

North Street Sidewalk Updates

Since September 2019, renovations on the sidewalk on North Street between Middle Street and Washington Street has been completed. The north side of North Street features new asphalt sidewalks and curb cuts.

North Street, Before
Figure 1: East end of North Street, before renovations
North Street, After
Figure 2: East end of North Street, after renovations

 

Results from Recent Transportation Studies

Results from several studies have been posted on the City of Bath website.

South End Transportation
Richardson and Western Traffic Calming

Bike Racks in Bath Maine

Thanks to Carl Zeis, one of our Citizen Committee Members, the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee is now maintaining an inventory of all the bike racks located in Bath, Maine.  Sometimes the bike racks in town feel a bit hidden and so this map should help identify rack locations for those needing a place to safely park their bikes.  Click on the slide indicator to the left of the Title, and you will see the complete list of bike rack locations. (photos of bike racks coming soon)

May is Bike to Work Month

Are you looking forward to warmer weather? Would you like to reduce your carbon footprint while enjoying a Maine spring morning?

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It is time to break out the bike and join in celebration of National Bike month! Your Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee invites you to participate in a couple of fun activities.

Look for the Pop-Up Bike Rack

Beginning on May 6 you will see a “pop-up” bike rack at the corner of Centre and Front Streets by the House of Logan. The “popup” or temporary bike rack would replace an existing parking space and could be used by several bicyclists, thereby encouraging a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative to cars. Science teacher Monica Wright and her students from Bath Middle School, who are studying climate change, will monitor and gather data on the bike rack.

The Bike/Ped Committee is excited to collaborate with the BMS students, and will use their results to improve Bath’s biking infrastructure.

Join our Community Ride on May 17th

During Bike to Work week, the Bike/Ped Committee will also sponsor a ride around the city with students from the Bath Middle School Riding for Focus Program and their teacher, Lawrence Kovacs. will. We will depart from the Bath YMCA at 7:00 am on Friday, May 17th and head to the BMS, do a loop around the city and finish at the temporary bike rack on Front St. Anyone wishing to participate should meet at the Bath YMCA at 7:00 am. Please wear a bike helmet and if you wish, bring money to purchase a snack and/or coffee at a downtown business.

Get Ready to Bike

If you haven’t had your bike out this spring here are some suggestions to make riding more enjoyable.

  • Have your bike checked over at one of our local bike shops
  • Always wear a properly fitting helmet
  • Ride in the right most lane that goes with the direction traffic is flowing
  • Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and and lane markings
  • Look before you change lanes or signal to turn, signal your intention and proceed
  • Be visible and predictable at all times, wear bright clothing and signal turns and stops

The Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee is an advisory group, appointed by the city council, that strives to provide citizens of Bath with a safe and inviting walking and cycling environment. Enjoy being on your bike and be safe!

By Kevin Shute, Committee Chair