PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s a great place to ride a bike. That’s according to the League of American Bicyclists, which ranks the Pine Tree State third in the country for being bike-friendly.
The ranking is based on a survey of factors including legislation and enforcement; education and encouragement; policies and program; and infrastructure and planning. Maine was ranked third in 2009 as well, and ranked 6th in the inaugural assessment by the league, in 2008.
Over the past year the first sections of the shared-use Down East Sunrise Trail and the Maine Mountain Division Trail have opened. And more than 60 miles of additional shared-use paths will be built this summer as part of those two projects and the Eastern Trail in York County.
Allison Vogt of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine says there’s more to be done. The coalition wants bicycling and walking to be considered equal to other modes of transportation.