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Three People, Five Wheels, One Blankie: Family Bicycle Journey through Maine, Atlantic Canada & Quebec – May through August 2012

Our family bicycle trip was profiled in this little article for the Fall 2012 issue of Maine Cyclist, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s news magazine.

Overview_Route_Map - croppedSarah Cushman, our contracted Southern Maine Planner for the Maine Safe Routes to School Program, and her husband, Rob Levin, and 5 year-old daughter, Cedar, made a much-anticipated bicycle journey this year.  Leaving their home in Portland on a cold and wet May 1, the family pedaled their way for 3 ½ months and 2001 miles on a grand loop through Midcoast & Downeast Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland – returning via Quebec and Western/Central Maine in late August.  (After the first 5 weeks the weather turned marvelous.)

While their intent was mainly to slow down, spend more time as a family, and experience the adventure of a long human-powered journey, they also got to study first-hand other communities’ bike-ped infrastructure (and lack thereof) and to connect with great local bicycling advocates and educators along the way.  Sarah even got to talk shop for a couple days with a fellow School Travel Planner in Nova Scotia!

3 of us on bike trip - cropped“Pace was everything,” Sarah says.  “From the beginning we planned to only bike 25 miles a day, 5 days a week.  Which meant we could mostly avoid rainy days and, in general, enjoy a leisurely ride with stops to enjoy anything that caught our fancy along the way – playgrounds, dairy bars, a beach, a conversation with someone local, a long picnic lunch followed by a nap in the shade, anything.”  See the route, photos, and read more about their experiences here.

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September 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm


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