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March 2016

Public Comment: Scarborough Pine Point Road Complete Streets Improvements Proposal

By | Our Position

March 22, 2016
Summary Statement
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is a statewide organization that works to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. We support well-designed development and streets that create environments that are safe and welcoming for those traveling on foot or bike.  We are writing to express general support for improvements to Pine Point Road that will enhance bicycle access and safety, and to recommend minor changes that will further extend those enhancements.
Project Discussion
In an informal discussion with Dan Bacon, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine learned of plans to add bicycle lanes to Pine Point Road.  In the course of that conversation, we learned that the plan was to use 11 ft traffic lanes with one 4 and one 5 ft bike lane on each side of the street. While we in general support the addition of the bicycle facilities, we feel that Scarborough should take this opportunity to narrow the travel lanes to 10 or 10.5 feet and to create bike lanes of a consistent width of 5 ft.
FHWA has ample documentation of the benefits of narrower lane widths for speed limit compliance without decreases in safety, and they also note that narrower lanes creates space for other users.  They recommend that striping reconfigurations be considered in all resurfacing projects, but their comments are germane to any re-striping or lane reconfiguration project.   We refer you to the FHWA publication accessible here: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/resurfacing/page03.cfm
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss our concerns in more detail.  Again, thank you for the opportunity to comment.
James C. Tassé
Assistant Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Press Release: BikeMaine Weeklong Cycling Ride Announces Early Sellout

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact:
Brian Allenby
Communications Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
207-623-4511 x104
brian@bikemaine.org
34 Preble St. Portland, ME 04101

BikeMaine Weeklong Cycling Ride
Announces Early Sellout

Portland, ME, March 10, 2016 – The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is proud to announce that BikeMaine 2016 has sold out in record time.  This is the soonest the event has filled in the four-year history of the weeklong September ride. Four hundred cyclists will be at the start on Schoodic Point on September 10 for the 350-mile adventure. BikeMaine is the largest 7-day ride in the northeastern United States and is modeled after successful rides in other parts of the country. This years’ ride will have riders from thirty-five states and a half dozen countries.
“We are thrilled to sellout the BikeMaine event before the end of winter,” said Zach Schmesser, Coalition Events Director. “Every year we have endeavored to carefully grow BikeMaine while maintaining a ride that has garnered sterling reviews from participants. We are thrilled that the reputation of our ride and the great cycling found in Maine has resulted in our earliest sellout ever,” continued Schmesser. “Especially exciting for us was our ability to nearly double the number of in-state participants, in part because we are traveling to a part of the state that is less familiar to Mainers.”
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Press Release: Fourth pedestrian fatality of the year, and second in two weeks, takes place in Roxbury

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, Stay Safe

Fourth pedestrian fatality of the year, and second
in two weeks, takes place in Roxbury

February 29, 2016 – Roxbury, 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 Roxbury on February 27th, and extends its condolences.
Cailin Currivan, 26, was struck by a truck and killed as she was walking on Route 17 in Roxbury. The driver of the truck, Kyle Kennedy, was charged with an OUI. This is already the fourth fatality of 2016 and the second in two weeks. It 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.

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