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May 1 Green Ride Bicycle Event Now Free

To highlight the money-saving aspect of commuting by bicycle, there will be no registration fee for the 1st Annual Green Ride Sunday, May 1, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the UMaine Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

Two ride courses are available, a family-friendly 3-mile and a scenic 10-mile ride. The group rides are open to the public. Donations are welcome, and proceeds will go toward the purchase of covered bike racks for the UMaine campus, according to sponsoring organizations, UMaine Sustainability, Campus Recreation and Auxiliary Services.

Participating riders can RSVP to the event on by searching for ’1st Annual Green Ride.’  They can also register at MaineBound Adventure Center or at the recreation center, or just show up on Sunday. Email with questions or to volunteer to help organize and assist during the rides.

All riders will receive a free day pass to the recreation center and MaineBound Adventure Center for May 1. Light snacks will be available at the finish line and participants will be entered in a drawing for prizes from Rose Bike Shop in Orono. Co-organizer Laura Lommler says helmets are required for all riders and children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Riders also are encouraged to wear bright colored clothing and bring a water bottle.

Also on Sunday, May 1, the Great Maine Bike Swap takes place before and after the rides, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recreation center. Bike swap information is available on the Bicycle Coalition of Maine website.

Contact: Lori Lommler, (207) 581-1571

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