Our Position

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine supports the creation of well-designed bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

We recognize that a majority of people who bike and walk prefer using facilities that provide some measure of separation from automobile traffic. We know that the presence of facilities like bike lanes, sidewalks, and multi-use paths increases walking and biking. This has the general benefit of improving safety for all bicyclists and pedestrians through the “safety in numbers” effect.

We advocate for bicycle and pedestrian facilities that are designed to:

  • Welcome and encourage walking and biking by all types of people.
  • Improve safety for cautious or inexperienced bike riders.
  • Include input from community members.
  • Teach and reinforce safe behavior by bicyclists and walkers
  • Meet or exceed AASHTO minimum standards.
Our support of bicycle and pedestrian facilities does not imply that we believe that those on foot or bike should only use streets with bicycle and pedestrian on them - there will always be more roads in Maine without facilities than with them. We support the principles of vehicular bicycle riding, and would oppose any effort to limit bicycle travel to only dedicated facilities.



Public Comment on Striping Changes on Washington Ave and Forest Ave


Dear Members of the Portland City Council, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed striping changes along Forest Avenue from Morrill Street to Pleasant Avenue and along Washington Avenue from Ocean Avenue to Presumpscot Street. The Bicycle … Continue reading

 

Letter of Support for Swift River Bridge Project


Doug Beck Outdoor Recreation Supervisor Bureau of Parks and Lands 124 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333 Dear Mr. Beck, On behalf of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, I am writing to support the Rumford/Mexico Active Community Environment (ACE) Team’s … Continue reading

 

Public Comment Regarding: Ocean Street/Rt 77 Striping Plan


Summary Statement The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization that works to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support well-designed development and streets that create environments that are safe and welcoming for those traveling on foot … Continue reading

 

BCM Public Comment on PACTS Long Range Transportation Plan


Dear Mr. Eppich, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed PACTS Long-Range Transportation Plan: Destination 2040. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization that works to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support … Continue reading

 

Public Comment: Scarborough Pine Point Road Complete Streets Improvements Proposal


March 22, 2016 Summary Statement The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization that works to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support well-designed development and streets that create environments that are safe and welcoming for those … Continue reading

 

Public Comment Regarding: Old Orchard Beach Dunkin’ Donuts Proposal


  Reference File: (Traffic) Peer Review 12-17-15 provided by Gorrill Palmer. Summary Statement The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization that works to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support well-designed development and streets that create … Continue reading

 

Public Comment Regarding: Falmouth Rt 26/100 Bike/Ped Accommodations


Summary Statement The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization working to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support the creation of well-designed bicycle and pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks, crosswalks, multi-use paths, and bike lanes, wherever … Continue reading

 

Franklin Street Feasibility Study—Phase 2


The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is pleased to offer the following comments on the Franklin Street Feasibility Study-Phase II. In general, the primacy and importance of motor vehicle travel seems implicit throughout this document. In general, especially in the opening … Continue reading

 

Public Comment Yarmouth: Feasibility of Bicycles in the Pratt’s Brook Park


Summary Statement The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide organization working to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. After a site walk in the park on November 4, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine finds that there are no … Continue reading

 

Public Comment: Yarmouth Route 1 Bridge Bike/Ped Accommodations


Summary Statement It is the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s position that the Town of Yarmouth’s proposed bicycle and pedestrian accommodations on the replacement Route 1 Bridge and adjacent roadways are warranted and will create major improvements in the safety and … Continue reading