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14 bicyclists and pedestrians lose their lives in 2014 (WCSH6)

By January 16, 2015Coalition News, Stay Safe

This article originally appeared on WCSH6.com
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Recent MaineDOT data shows that 14 bicyclists and pedestrians were killed in Maine in 2014. Of these fatalities, 12 were pedestrians and two were killed while riding bicycles. Additionally, half of the victims were either seniors or under the age of 18.
As the state’s leading organization promoting bicycling and walking safety, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine routinely monitors crash reports for incidents that involve bicyclists or pedestrians.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine works with partners like the MaineDOT to use this data to shape more effective policies, programming and infrastructure projects. By tracking all crashes involving bicyclists, pedestrians, other vulnerable users and motor vehicles, the Coalition is working to improve the safety of everyone on the road.
“The death of any bicyclist or pedestrian is cause for alarm,” said Nancy Grant, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “We will continue to work to make our roads safer for users of all types, striving for a day that we can report zero fatalities.”