Join or Renew

 
Monthly Archives

May 2015

Maine cities, towns looking to improve roads for walkers, cyclists

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

This article originally appeared on bangordailynews.com

Matt Allen, a Maine Earth employee, uses a power broom to sweep an area of sidewalk along Main Street to prep it for being paved on Wednesday in Bangor.  The effort is part of the Main Street Improvement Project in Bangor.
Linda Coan O’Kresik | BDN
Matt Allen, a Maine Earth employee, uses a power broom to sweep an area of sidewalk along Main Street to prep it for being paved on Wednesday in Bangor. The effort is part of the Main Street Improvement Project in Bangor. Buy Photo
Posted May 27, 2015, at 5:48 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — When it comes to getting around in Maine, there is often more than one way to get from point A to point B with drivers, cyclists and pedestrians often sharing the same roads.
Over the last two years, several communities around the state have adopted “Complete Streets” policies to ensure the needs of everyone on Maine roads are taken into account.
“In a Complete Streets community, anytime there is planning for a new project or breaking ground, it must be looked at from all angles,” Brian Allenby, communications director with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, said Tuesday. “That includes how drivers, cyclists, walkers, people in wheelchairs or other forms of nonmotorized transportation will use it.”
The idea, according to Allenby, is a “shift in mindset” to encourage city and community planners to consider the needs of everyone, not just drivers.
Read More

Bill seeks to improve pedestrian, bicyclist safety by toughening Maine’s crosswalk, roadway law

By | Coalition News

This article originally appeared on BangorDailyNews.com
BREWER, Maine — A well-known Brewer barber who was struck and killed by a car in December while walking in a crosswalk in front of his business is the last recorded pedestrian death in Maine for 2014.
Because one of every four people hit by cars every year in Maine is hit in a crosswalk, Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, submitted a bill sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to strengthen the law by making drivers stop, group spokesman Brian Allenby said recently.
The bill, An Act to Improve Safety and Clarify Responsibilities of Pedestrians and Bicyclists, “makes crossing the street safer by requiring drivers to stop, not just yield, for people in the crosswalk or intending to cross,” Allenby said. “It also requires bicyclists, roller skiers and other non-motorized traffic to yield to this group.”
Read More

Demonstration aims to temporarily narrow Lewiston street (Sun Journal)

By | Coalition News

This article originally appeared on SunJournal.com

 

DARYN SLOVER/SUN JOURNAL

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Assistant Director Jim Tasse, left, Mike Allen of 3M and Jeremiah Bartlett of the Lewiston-Auburn Bicycle Pedestrian Committee talk about the temporary two-lane bike lane on Oxford Street in Lewiston on Wednesday. Bates College students installed the “real-time rendering” as part of the one-day BuildMaine Conference being held in Lewiston.
SCOTT TAYLOR, Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:20 pm

LEWISTON — For $1,500, the city gets a new one-way street, Twin Cities bicyclists get a new bike lane connecting Lincoln Street to Simard-Payne Memorial Park, city staffers get to see whether the idea works and a group of Bates College students get some experience in public planning.
 
Read More

Friday is bike-to-work day (Sun Journal)

By | Coalition News

This article originally appeared on SunJournal.com

DARYN SLOVER/SUN JOURNAL

Jared Buckingham, right, of Greene and Ben Grenier of Lewiston turn the corner at Lisbon and Main streets during their commute home on Wednesday. Buckingham commutes 11 miles each way to and from work on his bike each day. Rainbow Bicycle and Busytown Bikes are hosting the first Lewiston-Auburn Bike to Work Day on Friday. John Grenier, owner of Rainbow, will be at Dufresne Plaza in Lewiston from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with free coffee and bike-related giveaways. Busytown Bikes co-owner Dominic Giampaolo will be at Bates College on Central Avenue welcoming commuters. “We never tried this before,” John Grenier said. “We are hoping to make this a yearly event.”

Read More

Maine among most bicycle friendly states in New England (BDN)

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts
Posted May 12, 2015, at 2:38 p.m.
Last modified May 12, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Maine is a pretty good place to be a cyclist, according to theLeague of American Bicyclists, which ranked the state second in New England and 15th nationally in its annual bicycle state friendly report released this week.
The release coincides with National Bike to Work Week, which is May 11-15.
While Maine did drop two points from the 13th spot last year, the ranking reflects statewide efforts to promote bicycling related legislation, policies, programs and enforcement, according to Maine’s report card.
“We are making great strides,” Brian Allenby, communications director with theBicycle Coalition of Maine, said Tuesday morning. “I am continually encouraged with how Maine is doing with regards to bike and pedestrian safety and infrastructure.”
Maine scored 46 out of 100 possible points based on a questionnaire filled out last August by staff at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Department of Transportation, Allenby said.
The survey asks comprehensive questions in five categories — legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.
Read More

Pedal Powered

By | Coalition News

Photo: Diego Cervo/thinkstock.com

Mainers forgo the car for a bicycle commute to work.
Professor Thomas Stone knows he’s “that guy” to his students. He’s the one that shows up on campus in the morning in shorts and a helmet. He’s the guy that rides his bike to work.
Most of the year, a third of his office is dominated by his bike and his bike gear, among stacks of papers to grade and books on physics and mathematics, which he teaches at both Husson University in Bangor and at the University of Maine in Orono. As long as there’s not too much snow and ice on the roads, he’s biking to work.
“[Biking] is a really nice way to forget about the daily grind of work before I get home,” said Stone, 36, a father of two young children. “I definitely feel refreshed and ready to play with our kids by the time I get home at night on my bike. I really value the time I get to spend outside on my bike … and during the school year, it’s the only exercise I regularly get.”
Read More

Geiger Elementary rolls into National Bike to School Day (Sun Journal)

By | Safe Biking at School

DARYN SLOVER/SUN JOURNAL

Honora White, 7, and her father, Shawn, gather Wednesday at Pettingill School Park before riding to school during the fourth annual National Bike to School Day in Lewiston. About 50 children and staff members rode to Geiger Elementary School with Lewiston police officers and members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Bruce Hall wanted to participate with his son, Jason, four years ago. He and Jason rode to school on a tandem bike in the rain by themselves. Hall organized a more formal ride the next year and the group has grown ever since. “We started small but have been growing a lot,” Hall said. John Grenier of Rainbow Bicycle and Busytown Bikes co-owner Dominic Giampaolo will team up to host the first Lewiston-Auburn Bike to Work Day on May 15.
Read More

Students put Peaks Island landmarks on the map (The Forecaster)

By | Featured Posts, Safe Biking at School
PORTLAND — Students at Peaks Island Elementary School recently unveiled a new way to see the island and learn its history.

“We chose three (of the landmarks), and we would write about it and then choose,” second-grader Scarlett Rocque said.
Marenghi said each student had to write a paper about which landmark they wanted. He read them, and most students ended up with their first or second choice.
The students worked with Bridgette Kelly from the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education, a partnership between the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Department of Transportation, to make the map. Kelly said she made the map, and the students didlandmark expedition for the nearly four-mile ride.
Read More

Coalition Spring Safety Reminder

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

 
Spring has sprung and we’re excited to see more people out on bikes! As you get back in the saddle this spring, the Coalition wants to remind you of a six simple bike safety tips and laws to help keep you and other road users safe:
Be Visible. By far, most serious bike accidents occur because motorists claim they did not see the bicyclist. When dressing for bike riding, it is best to wear clothes that are brightly colored for visibility. At night, Maine state law (§2084) requires bicyclists to use a headlight visible for 200 feet, a rear reflector, and some kind of reflector around your pedals or feet.
Ride on the right, with traffic. Always ride with traffic, and keep as far to the right as is safe. You have the right to take possession of a travel lane to set up for a left turn, to pass another vehicle, or to avoid an “unsafe situation”.
Be Predictable Always ride in a straight line and be predictable. Do not weave from side to side, or suddenly move out into traffic.
Obey traffic signs and signals. Stop for stop signs, lights and yields. Never make someone give up their right of way because you are violating a rule.
Use hand signals to communicate. It can be as simple as pointing in the direction you plan to go at an intersection or using the standard hand signals which are left hand straight out for “left turn”, up for “right turn”, and down for “stop”.
Yield to pedestrians in all situations. It is your responsibility to exercise extra caution around walkers, and to alert them that you’re approaching before passing with a bell or call. Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Be extra careful on multi-use paths and sidewalks. If you’re over twelve years old, we recommend you stay off sidewalks since they are not designed for vehicle traffic. Riding on the sidewalk puts bikes where traffic doesn’t expect them, jeopardizes walkers, and is statistically a dangerous place to ride. It is also illegal in some places in Maine and across the country.
 
While the list could go on and on, we ask that you follow these points as well as all of the other Maine bike traffic laws. For more information on bike safety, please visit our Safety  & Education page at bikemaine.org/safety-education.