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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Maine: Bike commuting makes sense

Image of bicyclist John Brooking, of Westbrook, MaineFrom the Portland Press-Herald (Maine), 06.10.07:

With the longest day of the year fast approaching, it's really time to think about bicycle commuting. If you're ever going to ride your bike to work, now's the time.

Don't worry, I'm not going to preach or proselytize. I just thought I'd share some tips from seasoned bike commuters, pass along pointers and give some resources, just in case you need a little push to get started, and you missed National Bike to Work Day in May.

It makes sense, after all. The economic (what are gas prices now?), health and environmental benefits are hard to ignore. And odds are, if you're reading this, you're interested in biking or, even more likely, you're already a recreational bicyclist. (Read more.)
This article features tips and suggestions from John Brooking of Westbrook, Maine (my brother and his family live in Westbrook!), who organized a bike commuting Meetup group with some 80 members. In our car-dominated culture, a supportive community is a great aid to persisting with bicycle commuting. Meetup is a great online tool for finding that community.

Image: Portland Maine Bicycle Commuting Meetup Group. Image of bike commuter John Brooking.
Visit: More Mainers Are Choosing To Bike To Work, WCSH-TV
Visit: Kicking the Car Habit, Maine Switch
Visit: Bike Blog
Visit: Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips Site

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