Legislative Advocacy: Speaking Out for Maine Cyclists

State Advocacy

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine works at the state level to:

  • Create safer bicycling conditions
  • Increase funding for bike trails, bike lanes and other biking facilities
  • Advocate for laws that ensure cyclists’ rights and delineate the responsibility of all users to share the road
  • Open up access for mountain biking
  • Enact policies such as shoulder paving that will make for better biking conditions
  • Promote biking for our environment, economy and health

The Bicycle Coalition’s advocacy has played a key role in passage of some of the most bike-friendly laws in the country, including a requirement that drivers give at least three feet of clearance when passing cyclists.  During the 2011 session of the Maine Legislature, the coalition supported passage of a law prohibiting texting while driving and we successfully opposed a bill that would have placed a 2 percent surcharge on retail bicycle sales.

Amtrak Campaign

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has been engaged with the rail authority – NNEPRA, Amtrak, and many other stakeholders as part of a campaign to increase roll-on/roll-off access for bicycles along the Downeaster at all stations. Currently, only Brunswick and Portland accommodate this type of service for passengers with bicycles. At the other four stations in Maine (Wells, Saco, Old Orchard, and Freeport) you may not bring your bike on or off the train unless it’s boxed up. We have been working with a coalition of groups across the country. Learn more about our participation in a national campaign to improve Amtrak’s Bikes on Board Policy here.

Federal Advocacy

We partner with the League of American Bicyclists to advocate in support of national biking issues. Consider joining the BCM delegation to the National Bike Summit. We attend every year.

We encourage you to speak up for better biking at the federal level. Get involved here.

We support these national approaches to promoting biking and walking: