Pedal to the Common Ground Country Fair
Photo by JR Sparrow. Copyright 2006.
What better way to celebrate rural Maine and practice sustainability than to pedal to the Common Ground Country Fair? For years the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has promoted and exhibited sustainable agriculture, green technology, and alternative lifestyles through this popular event.
Since 1998 the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has offered user-friendly Valet Bike Parking for cyclists that want to help relieve traffic congestion, air pollution and demonstrate sustainable transportation by biking to the fair.
As a bicyclist all you have to do is ride your bike to the fair. When you arrive at the Rose (North) Gate, volunteers will park your bicycle for you and supervise it through the day until 6pm. Too far to bike from home? Drive part of the way to any of the designated Park-and-Pedal sites and follow posted signs to experience the best bicycling routes to the fair. Not only do you get to roll right up to the entrance and get the best parking available, you get $2 off admission!
And don't forget to wear a helmet, bring a headlight and taillight, and wear reflective clothing if you'll be riding after dusk.
The BCM is also on hand at the fair with its information-packed booth, offering T-shirts, stickers, books and more for sale; free helmet decorating for kids of all ages; select demonstration bikes to ride; and a display of cool and diverse bicycles. We hope to see you there!
More info on Valet Bike Parking:
For more information about Valet Bike Parking, contact the Bicycle Coalition of Maine at 207-623-4511 or info@BikeMaine.org.