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14 Maine Bicyclists and Pedestrians Lose Their Lives in 2014 (Press Release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Brian Allenby
Communication Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
207.623.4511 (office)
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14 Maine Bicyclists and Pedestrians Lose Their Lives in 2014

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Monitoring Latest Bicycle / Pedestrian Crash Data 

January 13, 2015 – Portland ME – 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.
In addition to the most recent 2014 data, MaineDOT recently released a detailed analysis of crash data from 2009-2013. The MaineDOT’s report shows a clear need for increased safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Highlights of the report include:

  • Over 34% of pedestrian crashes and over 37% of bicycle crashes took place between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Over 70% of crashes took place in clear weather with dry road conditions.
  • Crashes involving bicycles were more than five times more likely to occur during daylight hours.
  • Males were over three times more likely to be involved in a bicycle crash than females

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.”
The most recent fatality occurred in Glenburn on December 14th, when a pedestrian was killed while crossing the street to retrieve her mail. This incident is a reminder for all motorists to be alert for other users at all times and places, to obey local speed limits, and never to drive distracted or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. It also highlights the need for walkers and bicycles to use extra care to be visible, and to follow best practices and law for roadway safety.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will continue to monitor the circumstances surrounding all cases in which bicyclists or pedestrians are killed, searching for information and solutions that will improve safety on the road for anyone traveling on foot, bike, and in a vehicle.

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Click here to download a PDF of the complete MaineDOT report.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement. We support biking for health, transportation, and recreation. For more information: bikemaine.org.