LEWISTON — Bicycle pedalers of all types — strollers, trikes, bikes, dirt bikes, unicycles — are invited to join six college-aged riders from New England Climate Summer at Kennedy Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, for a free bicycle celebration. Materials will be provided to decorate bikes for a parade, have a “Care for Your Bike-Care for Our Planet” clinic, and have an “Inherit the Earth” circle to hear from young people what kind of world they want.
New England Climate Summer is a summer internship program for college students interested in biking, community organizing, climate justice and a sustainable future. Climate Summer riders travel exclusively by bicycle in small teams across New England, spending approximately one week in a community before biking on to the next. While in each town, riders connect with community leaders that are actively addressing society’s addiction to fossil fuels by crafting local solutions that strengthen communities.
While in Lewiston from July 7-11, the riders will also:
* Garden with Lots to Gardens, a youth and community driven organization that uses sustainable urban agriculture to create access to fresh food, and to nurture healthy youth and a healthy community;
* Help with a family establishing a new farm;
* Tour Farmers’ Gate Market, a full scale butcher shop that specializes in grass fed beef, pastured pork, pastured lamb and range poultry;
* Learn about the work of Androscoggin Land Trust, dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas, traditional landscapes and outdoor experience in the Androscoggin River watershed.