BikeMaine 2017 Host Community

Skowhegan is proud to have served as a BikeMaine 2017 host community! The 2017 ride—Pathway to the Peaks—both started and ended in Skowhegan.

Scheduled for Sept. 9-16, BikeMaine brought 400 riders to Skowhegan. As a community, we had the opportunity to showcase our strengths, share our story, and welcome these visitors—many of whom came from out of state—to our town.

BikeMaine Economic Impact

In 2016 BikeMaine brought 400 riders to the Bold Coast of Downeast Maine. Of those riders, 133 were from 37 other states and three countries. Total economic impact of the event grew to an estimated $1.7 million, with $626,000 directly impacting host towns. BikeMaine cyclists are excited about exploring communities, enjoying cultural experiences, and eating locally sourced food—and many of them become repeat visitors.

Are you a local business owner wondering how you can attract—and keep—the business bicyclists? Thanks to the support of Franklin Savings Bank, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine offered a free Bicycles WelcoME training in July 2017. If you missed it, you can learn what sets bicycle riders apart and how you can attract and keep their business by viewing the presentation by Kim True.