News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, June 5, 2014
Bike skills taught at recent “rodeo” on Deer Isle

Rounding up bicycle skills in Deer Isle

Biking skills at a bike rodeo sponsored by Healthy Island Project’s Active Island on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Deer Isle, Maine.

Photo courtesy of Healthy Island Project

Active Island, a Healthy Island Project program, sponsored a bike rodeo at Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School on Saturday, May 31, that attracted more than 50 participants and spectators. Thirty-five youngsters learned and practiced new biking skills, according to a news release from Healthy Island Project.

David DeFosses from Penobscot set up the course and engaged the cyclists; his wife and two children assisted, and a dozen local volunteers helped coordinate activities. Healthy Acadia members Elizabeth Lyles and Shoshona Smith brought snacks and beach balls, and 18 bike helmets of all sizes were distributed.

“The event exceeded any expectations that HIP had, and we got lots of positive feedback,” the release stated. “One boy said that we should have these more often. Some kids went back on Sunday and rode the course again and again, as the lines on the pavement were still there.”

Active Island is interested in encouraging more biking and active pursuits. For information about HIP, visit