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January 2015

City’s K-8 school set to launch “Walking School Bus” program (Ellsworth American)

By | Coalition News

This article originally appeared on ellsworthamerican.com
January 26, 2015 by Steve Fuller
ELLSWORTH — The city’s K-8 school was recently awarded funding to start a program that encourages students to walk to and from school, rather than take the bus.
The $5,000 grant comes from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, which works with both the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention and Maine Department of Transportation on what is known as the “Walking School Bus” program.
On the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School Facebook page, officials reported that the school “will be forming safe routes, training volunteers and encouraging students that live within walking distance to join a walking school bus in their neighborhood.” Students who participate also will receive rewards.
Dave Norwood, the K-4 physical education teacher at EEMS and the coordinator for the school’s Walking School Bus program, said in an email that the walking distance is defined as “within a one-mile radius” of the school.
The school said that “each walking school bus will be led by adult volunteers.”
A meeting on the subject of the Walking School Bus program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at EEMS. Parents and interested community members are invited to attend.
A representative from the Bicycle Coalition will be there to answer questions and gather feedback from those in attendance.
For more information, contact Norwood via email at dnorwood@ellsworthschools.org, or call the school at 667-6241.

Norway to start 'Walking School Bus' program at elementary school (Oxford Hills Sun Journal)

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

This article originally appeared on SunJournal.com
Leslie H. Dixon. Staff Writer
Oxford Hills | Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm
PARIS — Roughly 120 of the approximately 475 students at Rowe Elementary School may become part of a pilot Walking School Bus program in April.
The program is a national model that was developed to allow children to regularly walk safely to school with trained supervision. Portland was the first Maine school district to embrace the model, which is targeted at elementary age children as young as kindergartners.
“It just made sense,” Rowe Elementary School Principal Dan Hart said Wednesday. The program is for students who live between Whitman and Alpine streets in the downtown. The area seemed a natural fit for the program because of the existing sidewalks and its proximity to the police station, fire department and other resources. Read More

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

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, Stay Safe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Brian Allenby
Communication Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
207.623.4511 (office)
207.252.8688 (direct)
brian@bikemaine.org
bikemaine.org

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.

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

By | Coalition 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.”

Maine Had 14 Biking and Pedestrian Deaths in 2014 (MPBN)

By | Coalition News, Stay Safe

This article originally appeared on MPBN.net
 
Fourteen people in Maine lost their lives while biking and walking in 2014.
“And it’s a sad reality, but we think it is important for folks to know,” says Brian Allenby, of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
Allenby says the latest Maine DOT data show that half of the victims were either seniors or under the age of 18, with 70 percent of fatalities occurring in clear weather where road conditions were not a factor.
Allenby says bicyclists and pedestrians need to do everything possible to ensure that they’re visible to motorists. And drivers, he says, need to expect the unexpected.
“I know it’s hard ask to say, ‘Anticipate the unexpected,’ ” he says, “but it really just takes that speed down a little bit, and really try to be conscious of the fact that there might be other folks using the road, especially around dusk or nighttime.”
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