The following lists include bills that the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) supports or is monitoring. Monitored bills are those that we believe could impact our ability to make Maine a better place to walk and roll. The BCM will follow these bills closely and will provide testimony for or against, and with recommendations as necessary.
2021 is the 130th meeting of the Maine State Legislature. The First Regular Session of the year convened on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, and statutory adjournment is June 16, 2021.
If you have come across a bill with bike/ped implications not listed here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to work with the BCM to provide testimony, please contact email@example.com.
Note: LR stands for “Legislative Request” number. These are assigned by the Revisor of Statutes when a request for a Bill is made. LR numbers are used to track a bill until it is printed as a “Legislative Document” or LD. Official Bill language is not available until they have become LD’s.
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The BCM Supports:
LD 40: “Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 305: Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Traffic Movement Permits, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Transportation”
This bill will require that developments that cause a significant increase in motor vehicle traffic consider the impacts on bicycle and pedestrian access and safety. The BCM was involved in the process of re-writing the traffic movement permits language with the DOT.
LR 898: “An Act To Clarify the Authority To Manage Electric Bicycle Access to Off-road Trails”
LR: 899: “An Act To Align Equipment Requirements for Electric Bicycles with National Manufacturing Standards”
LR 898 and LR899 have yet to be published, but if passed, will help to clarify where e-bikes may be ridden and align Maine law with national industry standards for electric bikes.
The BCM is Monitoring:
LD 123: “An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2022”
This bill could move the Libbytown Traffic Study forward with the hope of reclaiming green space.
LD 165: “An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Necessary Maintenance and Upgrades for State Parks and Historic Sites”
This bill could provide funding for improvements to trails, walkways, and bikeways.
LD 227: “Resolve, To Conduct a Feasibility Study for Extending Passenger Rail Service from Brunswick through Augusta and Waterville to Bangor”
This bill could improve transportation alternatives. The BCM plans to advocate for the inclusion of bicycle transport.
LD 278: “An Act To Establish a Process for the Consideration and Implementation of Changes to Mandated Instruction or Training for Students”
This bill could have implications on how the BCM provides bicycle and pedestrian safety education in schools.
LD 446: “An Act to Re-establish the State Planning Office”
This bill could have implications on how communities are developed and the inclusion of active transportation planning.
LD 458: “An Act To Support Public Transportation Infrastructure in York and Cumberland Counties”
This bill could also provide funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the “last mile” near to transit hubs.
Bills Involving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
We support and recognize the significance of these bills for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in Maine state policy and the lives of all Maine residents.
LD 2: “An Act To Require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the Legislative Process”
LD 183: “An Act To Establish Juneteenth as a Paid State Holiday”
LD 286: “An Act To Make Election Day a State Holiday”
LD 585: “An Act To Restore to the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe the Authority To Exercise Jurisdiction under the Federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010”