*NEW-SQUAWK VFR FOR THE BIKE LOCK CODE
Bikes for Pilots. Pilots love to fly to any destination but it is more enticing when there are opportunities to do further
exploring upon arrival. By making bikes
available, pilots and their passengers can
extend their visit beyond the airport. Bikes are available from May 1 to thru October. Check out the AOPA story on MAA’s pilot bike program at: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2018/august/20/bikes-for-pilots-on-a-roll-in-maine
If you would like to contribute to the MAA bike program contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org. After years of relying on members generosity of donating their old bikes it was time to upgrade the fleet and we bought 4 slightly used bikes this year from our friends at Bath Cycle and Ski in Woolwich. Please let us know how your ride went and send us pictures. Now get out there and peddle… And, don’t forget to travel (fly) with your helmet. Not necessary in the cockpit, but highly recommended for riding.
From the mountains to Central and Northern Maine and down on to the coast courtesy bikes are available at these locations for 2020:
BRUNSWICK EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
There are currently 4 bikes located at the FBO in BXM which have been upgraded this season. Great place to ride with Cook’s Corner to the north and a walk/bike path to downtown Brunswick to the south. There is also a golf course at the end of runway 01. This is the 6th year now for bikes at BXM and they have proven to be very popular at this former Navy Base installation. Check out our newest addition to the BXM fleet–a Dutch styled Cargo Bike!
BETHEL REGIONAL AIRPORT
We have upgraded the fleet here at the Bethel airport (0B1 ). We have 4 mountain bikes in great condition waiting for you to enjoy the ride in this beautiful western mountain Sunday River Ski Resort region. So many things to do and places to ride with a bike path into town with shops, restaurants and places to stay.
PITTSFIELD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
We have two bikes at the Pittsfield Airport (2B7) courtesy of Curtis Air Services. Many places to ride to get lunch or an ice cream. Explore this beautiful central Maine town which has a variety of recreational opportunities.
CHASE MEMORIAL AIRPORT-DOVER-FOXCROFT
With the help of our friends at this new location there are 4 bikes at this grass-strip (44B) in central Maine. A great spot to ride to town for take-out or explore this captivating Piscataquis River town.
SUGARLOAF REGIONAL AIRPORT-CARRABASSETT VALLEY
Our friends at this bustling little airport (B21) near the Sugarloaf Ski Resort have 4 mountain bikes available. The airport is located next to the Maine Huts and Trails system which has some of the best mountain bike trails in the state. There is a convenient store next-door as well as the Bowling Alley Restaurant.
And coming soon: LINCOLN REGIONAL AIRPORT
(THERE WILL BE NO BIKES AT THIS TIME AT LINCOLN AS THE AIRPORT IS SLATED FOR MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR 2021).
The Lincoln Airport and Seaplane Base (KLRG) will soon have at least 2 bikes added to the MAA airport bicycle fleet here. The bikes will be located at the campground (runway 17) on the banks of the Penobscot River which is now open and has hot showers, camping under the wing or riverside, kayaks and much more for your camping enjoyment. Ride into to town for some take-out or camping provisions or take time to explore this river and lake side town. Stay tuned for further details on the bikes and see information on the campground on this website. July 3, 2020
*Please note the airport is slated for runway and a taxiway construction sometime in August. Check NOTAMs to make sure the airport is open.
RULES OF THE ROAD…
PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THE BIKES. THESE BIKES ARE IN GOOD CONDITION AND TUNED-UP FOR THE SEASON. BIKE HELMETS ARE NOT INCLUDED, BUT HIGHLY RECOMMEND–BYOH.
*NEW-SQUAWK VFR FOR THE BIKE LOCK CODE
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS LOCK THE BIKES WHEN YOU ARE DONE RIDING. THE BETHEL AIRPORT BIKES ARE NOT IN AS SECURE PLACE AS THE ONES AT BXM, FOR EXAMPLE. TAKE THE LOCKS WITH YOU WHEN YOU RIDE INTO TOWN. WE WANT THESE BIKES TO BE THERE FOR ALL PILOTS TO ENJOY. THANK YOU!
ENJOY THE RIDE!