BAR HARBOR – People bike through Maine’s natural beauty every day. But one man is combining his love for being outdoors with silicone valley innovation, to encourage healthier lifestyles and help cancer fighters.
Gary Allen spends his days running in and organizing marathons, like the one in Millinocket. For his next trip, he’s changing gears, biking from the crown of Maine, down to the southern tip. It’s not a trip for the faint of heart.
“Just start and do the first mile, and follow that by another mile, and make it up as we go,” Allen smiled while decked out in his Boston Marathon running shirt and hat.
This won’t be just any bike. The Great Cranberry Island native will be riding a Pedego electric bike; designed in California, and sold right in the heart of Bar Harbor.
Gary thinks it would be a perfect alternative for Mainers to commute, as they can use the electric motor’s power to aid in pedaling. It’s also a reprieve for the environment. At about $2,500 for a new base model, though, it might not be for every Mainer, but you can still rent one at a much more reasonable price. But Gary’s not about casual rides.
“Me being me, I thought, ‘how do we raise the game?'” he said. “How do we elevate this thing?”
If a full-state trip wasn’t enough, he’s also raising money for the Maine Cancer Foundation.
“[There’s] nothing better, as far as I’m concerned, to raise money for,” said Anne Watson, a lifelong friend of Gary’s, and owner of Pedego Acadia – the only shop selling Pedegos in the state. “We’re hoping while bringing attention to electric bikes and clean, green commutes, we’re also raising money for cancer.”