NEWRY — A bike trail mapping session will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Camp Sunday River in the Grand Summit Hotel.

The sessions are part of a campaign called Oxford County Moves, which is led Healthy Oxford Hills, a project of Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.

A news release for the event states that the mapping session will give residents and bike riders “a unique chance to provide input about biking in the Bethel area,” and that they will be looking for “what routes are great and what routes need help.”

The event is free to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

There will also be raffles drawn for a Bethel Bicycle gift certificate, a supermarket gift certificate and a gas card.

River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition member Barbara Rajaniemi said the mapping session held Feb. 12 at Mountain Valley High School went well.

“The best part about that event was that we were able to get 12 people to attend who were cyclists,” she said. “This way, we were able to get the most accurate information.”

Brandon Schauffler, the Active Community Environment coordinator for Healthy Oxford Hills, said Friday that the purpose of holding mapping events across the county is to “try and find safer and more practical ways for people to bike.

“We’ve gotten a lot of really good information from these mapping sessions,” he said. “We also have released online and print surveys, and some of those trickle in every now and then, but it’s the mapping sessions where we’ve gotten the richest information.”

Schauffler said he hopes to be able to map out the entire county and have maps available for the public by May.

Previous mapping sessions were held in Oxford Hills in November and in Rumford in February.

For more information, call Schauffler at 890-6323.

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