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BikeMaine Comes to Belfast
September 12 @ 8:00 am - September 14 @ 5:00 pm
The City of Belfast will play host to 500+ bicyclists and volunteers as part of the 7th Annual BikeMaine event. Riders will camp for two nights at Steamboat Landing Park along the Belfast Waterfront from September 12 – 14. This is the second time in BikeMaine’s history that Belfast will host riders. The event is designed to promote Maine as a bicycling destination and to bring new focus, attention, and dollars to the regions it passes through. Proceeds from the event support BikeMaine host communities and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s cycling and pedestrian initiatives.
Local service organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Waldo County Woodshed, Waldo County YMCA and the Lion’s Club will be involved in preparing meals for the cyclists. In return for their service BikeMaine will provide donations to these organizations.
Local businesses should expect to see these riders downtown on Thursday and Friday afternoon. Each evening entertainment will be offered on the Belfast Commons weather permitting. Thursday night Waterfall Arts brings the Maine Outdoor Film Festival and on Friday night The Leaky Boot Jug Band will perform. Both events are open to the public.
Motorists should expect to see an increase of bicyclists on the road in the greater Belfast area from September 12-14. Thursday afternoon riders will arrive in town from Rockland. Friday morning riders will head out on a loop ride through Waldo and Brooks and over to Monroe before heading back to Belfast. On their final morning in Belfast, BikeMaineriders will depart and head west to Waterville where the year’s ride concludes. In addition Front Street from Miller Street and Commercial Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Thursday until Saturday noon.
Locally the effort to bring the cyclists to Belfast has been a collaboration of the City of Belfast Parks & Recreation Department, Waldo County YMCA, Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce and Our Town Belfast.
Last year’s BikeMaine event traveled to Aroostook County and reported a direct economic impact to the region of $285,000. This year money spent in the local region is expected to include food, local purchases by riders and fees to community organizations to support the ride.