SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Hundreds of cyclists hit the Eastern Trail for the Maine Lighthouse Ride on Saturday. Bikers gathered at Spring Point Ledge Light on the Southern Maine Community College campus and left in groups throughout the morning.
Participants biked between 25 to 100 miles and passed seven to nine lighthouses, depending on the distance of their ride.
The Eastern Trail is made up of more than 65 miles of scenic trail that runs between South Portland and Kittery. It’s accessible all year round for running, walking, biking, snowshoeing and other sports. It’s part of the U.S. Interstate 1 trail that runs down the East Coast.
For cyclists, bike trails provide a safe and enjoyable place to ride.
“Road cycling can feel really scary and dangerous,” said Carolyn Tiernan. “Having dedicated rail trails, you know, whatever it is, that are for bikes and pedestrians only — you just feel so much safer, they’re usually beautiful rides.”
The Maine Lighthouse Ride is the biggest fundraiser for the Eastern Trail Alliance. The funds raised from the ride are used to preserve, maintain and expand the trail.
WMTW is a proud sponsor of that event.