The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide nonprofit working to make Maine a better and
safer place to bike and walk. The Coalition believes all Mainers should have access to bikes
and bike education, and we envision a future where Maine’s roads, public ways, and trails are
safe and accessible, resulting in cleaner travel options, improved health, and stronger economic
benefits for Maine communities.
The BCM fellowship provides a student the opportunity to hone research skills, draft reports for
public use, learn about community and transportation processes, and assist in planning,
designing and executing traffic calming demonstration projects. The internship will exercise a
student's writing, speaking, and organizational skills, and will provide valuable insight into
community and non-profit operations. Based in Portland, we offer a fun, dynamic and varied
experience for a student intern. A fellowship with BCM requires active engagement in learning
and practicing principles of social justice and inclusion. This fellowship provides the opportunity
for the student to learn more about how nonprofits partner with local and state governments in
ensuring safe and equitable bicycle and pedestrian options for all residents. We encourage
applicants to expand on one of the project ideas below or propose another project that fits within
the BCM’s mission. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Potential projects include:
- Climate change and active transportation. Research and identify opportunities for Maine
to reduce carbon emissions in the transportation sector. How can investments in biking
and walking meaningful contribute to Maine’s climate action plan?
- Imagine People Here. The Coalition's innovative Imagine People Here demonstration
project program works with communities across the state to experiment with low-cost
ways to encourage traffic calming and bike/ped infrastructure. The fellow would assist in
one or more of the following: conducting speed, yield, and/or count studies, community
outreach and engagement, project installation, and creating a how-to guide to empower
local communities to install projects.
- Micro-mobility. The rise in popularity and types of e-scooters, e-skateboards, and other
devices poses new challenges for how to safely share streets and sidewalks. Research
and identify recommendations for BCM around micro-mobility. For example, should they
be allowed on sidewalks or in bike lanes? Are they classified as active transportation?
How are other states or cities addressing micro-mobility?