MACHIAS, Maine – The Healthy Main Street Coalition at Machias is looking for good used bikes that will be part of a downtown free bike program. The bikes will be placed around the downtown area to be used free by all and then placed back in a rack to be used by the next rider.
Need to go to the bank on your lunch hour? Ride a bike instead of driving your car. Want to go to the Farmers’ Market mid-day on Fridays? Grab one of the donated bikes. The program is part of the Healthy Main Street grant that the town of Machias obtained last year and is key to the coalition’s effort to promote physical exercise.
Bicycles in good condition – both adult’s and children’s – may be left at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce office, 11 Main Street, or the Machias Public Works garage on US Route 192, for distribution.
All donated bikes will be cleaned and fine tuned to make sure they are in safe, operable condition, and then will be painted bright lime green. They will have the Healthy Main Street logo installed and will be easy to spot to deflect theft. Some other communities lock the bike in special racks and a credit card is needed to borrow the bike. The Healthy Main Street Coalition decided that in Machias, the bikes should be loaned for free.
The grant will also be used to buy bicycle racks to be placed around town. The locations will include at the kiosk for the Down East Sunrise Trail, in the area of Down East Coastal Conservancy, the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce, Machias Hardware, Machias Town Office, Bad Little Falls Park, and two out of town locations for commuters.
The bike racks should be installed, along with the green bikes, before Memorial Day.
The Healthy Main Street Coalition also sponsors Fresh Fridays, nutrition classes, Keep Me Well program, anti-smoking programs and a variety of other workplace-centered programs. For more information, contact Angela Fochesato at Washington County: One Community at 255-3741.