2015 Legislative Wrap-Up
We’ve wrapped up an intense and productive legislative session at the State House this year. Thanks to the support of our members and partners we have four big victories to report.
1. The first Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Legislative Caucus convened three times. Sixty state legislators joined the caucus. We met twice throughout the session to network and discuss challenges and opportunities with respect to bicycle and pedestrian safety, access, and funding. Over 20 legislators, partners, and others were in attendance for the culminating event of the caucus, our Legislative Bike and Walk Tour in Augusta. We convened for a press conference outside the state house on May 7th and took legislative leaders on a tour of the Kennebec River Rail Trail. Click here for a photo gallery from this event.
2. In April,we were joined at the State House by many of our members for Bike/Ped Day at the Maine State House. Over 20 participants met with their legislators in the halls of the Capitol Building to talk about the need for safer laws and more funding for bicyclists and pedestrians. Click here for a photo gallery from this event.
3. The Governor signed LD 1301- An Act To Improve the Safety of Vulnerable Users in Traffic and To Clarify the Responsibilities of Bicyclists and Pedestrians. This is a big victory at the State House for all bicyclists and pedestrians in Maine. With the help of thousands of members, supporters, and local, state, and national partners, important improvements that will better protect all users of our roads have now been added to Maine law. Please click here for more information, to read the full text of the new law and to view our press release.
4. The Governor’s Transportation Bond Included Funding for Bike/Ped Projects as part of multi-modal projects that will receive funds. After many years of advocating for the importance of this type of funding in dialogue and collaboration with state transportation officials, we were pleased to see the inclusion of biking and walking projects in the Governor’s proposed bond. We supported LD 1415 and worked to ensure that the bond package proposal include funding for biking and walking projects.