The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is proud to announce the launch of a new campaign, “Imagine People Here.” We work with local advocates and municipal officials to create temporary demonstration projects that improve safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians in communities across the state.
Through the ‘Imagine People Here’ campaign, we work in cooperation with municipal staff on all demonstration projects and will install temporary infrastructure such as cones, bollards, signs, sandbags and temporary paint to demonstrate the value of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Projects will include bike lanes, curb extensions to improve walking conditions, and other traffic calming measures. The goal is to show how a bicycle, pedestrian, or traffic calming facility could improve safety and comfort without adversely impacting other users.
- Lewiston: Canal Street Bump-Outs, Enhanced Crosswalks, Back-In Angled Parking, Bike Corral, Parklets, and Shared Street
- Bangor: Bicycle and Pedestrian Wayfinding Signs in Downtown
- Sanford: Buffered Bike Lanes on William Oscar Emery Drive
- Yarmouth: Advisory Bike Lanes on Morton Road
- Scarborough: Advisory Bike Lanes on Eastern Road
Share your feedback on our projects at http://www.bikemaine.org/demosurvey
- Press Release June 20, 2016
- A recording of our Imagine Bikes Here Webinar
- Project #1: Bike Lanes in South Portland, July 2015
- Press Coverage: PROJECT ENVISIONS CITY BECOMING BIKE-FRIENDLY (KEEPME CURRENT)
- Press Coverage: SOUTH PORTLAND PROJECT PUTS BIKE LANES TO REAL-TIME TEST (THE FORECASTER)
Invitation to Identify Future Project Locations
- You, your organization, committee, or business is invited to identify possible locations for a future “pop up” demonstration project in your city or town.
- The application process is closed at this time. If you would like to submit a project, email email@example.com directly.
- Review our considerations for Imagine People Here proposals. The projects should:
- Be in locations where public support (or at least, minimal backlash) towards the project can be expected.
- Be on locally controlled, rather than DOT controlled, roadways.
- Be in locations where some planning or conversations about the need for a facility have already occurred.
- Have municipal support. Don’t pick projects that will be difficult to sell to decision makers.
- Connect to other existing or planned bicycle facilities.
- Be simple. For example, create curb extensions to calm traffic and shorten crossings, or create new bike lanes by striping and installing temporary structures to separate the new bike lane.
- Conform to or exceed AASHTO specifications for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
- Aim to last for at least 1-4 days.