(MOUNT VERNON, Maine) July 30, 2021 – The Bicycle Coalition of Maine added nearly a dozen delineators to three roads in Mount Vernon on Thursday in order to calm traffic approaching the village center.
“Our goal is not just to slow down drivers traveling through Mount Vernon, but to show that it can be done quickly, easily and inexpensively,” said BCM Assistant Director Jim Tasse.
The Mount Vernon installation is part of the Coalition’s Imagine People Here program, which has been working to improve safety and access for pedestrians and people on bikes in communities across Maine since 2015.
Like all Imagine People Here demonstrations, the installation is temporary, and will be removed upon the arrival of winter weather. If the demo is successful, the BCM says it hopes Mount Vernon will make the changes permanent next year and beyond.
This is the fourth Imagine People Here project in Maine this year, following installations on Diamond Street in Portland on May 20, in Downtown Augusta on July 13, and in Portland’s Woodfords Corner on July 16.
The BCM is tentatively planning additional demos this summer in Brooklin, Islesboro, Millinocket, Ogunquit, Saco, and South Portland, with both AARP Maine and L.L.Bean sponsoring the program. More information can be found at bikemaine.org/imagine-people-here
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the BCM 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, visit bikemaine.org.