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Federal Transportation Bill Passes - Includes Help for Biking and Walking

Some great information from our friends at the League of American Bicyclists about the recent transportation act passed into law:

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Wildlife Art Added to the Marsh

Thanks to a collaboration between the Friends of Scarborough Marsh, the ETA and the Town of Scarborough, the Marsh is now home to art — created by local artist Jada Fitch — that depicts some of the wildlife that thrives there.

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New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway (NHSG)

We recently got an email from a trail enthusiast in our neighbor state, telling about efforts to build the New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway (NHSG), NH's segment of the East Coast Greenway (and which connects to the Eastern Trail at the ME/NH border). Read his message below:

"We recently set up a Facebook page for the

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Another Succesful Maine Lighthouse Ride!

Our 12th annual Maine Lighthouse Ride was perhas the best ever!  Around 1200 riders enjoyed a beautiful fall day, as well as the four great routes, the rest area support, and great food!

The new food additions - Portland Pie pizza, Friendly's Ice Cream, and Shipyard beer elicited glowing praise from thankful and satisfied riders.

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MLR Bike Jerseys Can be Ordered Online for Home Delivery

We are excited to again offer a Maine Lighthouse Bike Jersey for 2016 - you can see the new jersey design to the left. You can order one or more jerseys and they will be shipped to you - these make great gifts as well.

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New Web Page on Bicycle Rentals Along the Trail

This summer we are getting a lot of inquiries from vacationing visitors looking to use our great trail.  We're getting a lot of requests about bicycle rentals - so we've created a new page with the rental resources that we know. Lets us know if you know of more available along the trail. And say "hi" to all our visiting friends!

The Governor signed a bill to protect walkers, bicyclists and other vulnerable users!

From our wonderful colleagues at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine:

We are incredibly excited to announce a big victory at the State House for all bicyclists and pedestrians in Maine.

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Two Sections of Eastern Trail Recognized as Family-Friendly Community Bike Trail

No surprise here - two sections of the Eastern Trail were among 6 trails recognized as family-friendly community bike trails in Maine, according to the 4/30 Portland Press Herald. 

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A Reminder About Leash Laws that Apply on the Eastern Trail in the Scarborough Marsh Area

We want to remind trail users in the Scarborough Marsh areas of the leash laws that apply between April 1 and October 1. The policy is expressed on signs that are posted in that area:

"For the purposes of protecting important wildlife habitat, all dogs must be leashed on this portion of the Eastern Trail and marsh between Pine Point Road and Black Point Road"

"If you have questions about this, please contact the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 358 Shaker Road, Gray, Maine 04039, (207) 657-2345 ext. 110"

LD 193 – A Bond to Fund Backlogged Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

Communities across Maine are increasingly mindful of the enormous benefit of planning more pedestrian and bike spaces like the Eastern Trail, even as deep cuts have been made to federal funding for such projects. This has left the state with a backlog of projects waiting for planning and/or construction funds. A bill being considered by the Maine Legislature, LD 193, would help to clear the backlog, which can only help everyone who values greater pedestrian and bike access, as we hope you do. Our friends at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine have assembled some info about the bill, and reminders about the positive impact these projects have on their communities. Please follow this link to learn how you can let our state leaders know that you support funding these important projects.

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