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February 2016

How to make Lewiston-Auburn safer for crossing the street (L/A Sun Journal)

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, Speak up for Biking

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Amanda Cullen, Staff Writer
Lewiston-Auburn | Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:32 pm
LEWISTON — More sidewalks and better bike paths were among the solutions to problems with pedestrian travel offered by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Maine Safe Routes to School on Tuesday.
Organizers Abby King, Darcy Whittemore, Craig Saddlemire and Chrissy Adamowicz presented the main issues of biking and walking, especially for children, in Lewiston-Auburn.
With five elementary schools and a middle school, a high percentage of students live within a mile of their schools, and could easily walk or bike to school, especially in the warmer months. Unfortunately, the less-than-adequate pedestrian paths hold many people back.
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Second Pedestrian Fatality of The Year Takes Place in Bath

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, Stay Safe


Bicycle Coalition of Maine Watching
Latest Pedestrian Crash in Bath

February 18, 2016 – Portland, ME – As the state’s leading group promoting bicycling and walking safety, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine routinely monitors crash reports for incidents that involve bicyclists or pedestrians. The Coalition regrets to hear of a pedestrian killed in Bath on February 17th, and extends its condolences.
Paula Caruso, 70, of Wiscasset, was struck by a car and killed as she crossed Washington Street in a crosswalk while heading to work at Bath Iron Works. This is a harsh reminder that seniors suffer disproportionately from pedestrian deaths in Maine. While comprising 15% of Maine’s population, adults aged 65 and older accounted for 35.3% of pedestrian fatalities across the state from 2003-2010. This second fatality in 2016 comes after a year in which a record 19 people were killed on Maine’s roadways while walking.
This latest incident again highlights the need 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. This incident is also a reminder for all pedestrians and bicycles to use extra care to be visible, especially when walking or biking after dark, and to follow best practices and law for roadway safety.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will continue to monitor the circumstances surrounding these cases in search of information that will improve roadway safety for all users.

Super Raffle Winners Selected!

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

The Super Raffle Winners have been chosen! Five lucky winners were selected at our Kick-Off Party and here they are:

  • Grand Prize: Bicycling Trip of a lifetime to Spain donated by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations – Tom Mackie (Ashburn, VA)
  • Runner Up Prize: BikeMaine 2016 Registration – Cindy Andrews (Cumberland Foreside, ME)
  • 3rd prize: Trek Road Bike donated by Cyclemania – Scott Wellman (Dover-Foxcroft, ME)
  • 4th prize: Thule Roof or Rear Bike Rack donated by Rainbow Bicycle – Chris Beneman (Scarborough, ME)
  • 5th prize: Coalition Team Kit & Swag Bag – Christopher Dunn (Portland, ME)

Thank you to everyone who took part!

BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News, Featured Posts

Brian Allenby
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Communications Director

BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

Bicycle tour has brought over $1.0 million to Maine

Portland, ME, February 4, 2016 – On Thursday night, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine revealed the route and host communities of the fourth annual BikeMaine tour. The week-long ride will cover 350 miles along the “Bold Coast” of Maine, exploring Washington and Hancock Counties. The event will take place from September 10-17, 2016 and allows riders to explore the people, places, culture, and food of Maine. In the past three years, BikeMaine has delivered over $1 million in direct economic impact to different regions of the state through rider spending as well as the sourcing of local products and services for the ride.
Each year, BikeMaine chooses a different route and a new part of the state to explore. Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Nancy Grant offered, “We are incredibly excited to explore yet another amazing region of our state on two wheels. Leveraging the power of bicycling to drive awareness and economic growth is a core part of the Coalition’s mission.”
BikeMaine 2016 will showcase communities along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway, which extends across Washington and Hancock Counties. BikeMaine perfectly aligns with a years-long regional effort to shine light on the unique and little-known natural and cultural assets that characterize this region. The Coalition is collaborating with Washington County Council of Governments and Bold Coast communities to turn BikeMaine 2016 into a sustainable, permanent bike route after the September 2016 event is over. Read More