Imagine People Here

On our “Imagine People Here” campaigns, we work with local advocates and municipal officials to create temporary demonstration projects that improve safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians in communities across the state.

Using temporary infrastructure such as cones, bollards, signs, sandbags, and paint, Imagine People Here projects demonstrate the value of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian facilities including bike lanes, curb extensions, and other traffic-calming measures. The goal is to show how a bicycle, pedestrian, or traffic-calming facility could improve safety and comfort without adversely impacting other users.

Looking to provide feedback on an existing or past project? Email jim@bikemaine.org.

Want to propose a future project location?

Potential projects should:

  • Be in locations where public support (or minimal backlash) towards the project can be expected.
  • Be on locally controlled, rather than DOT-controlled, roadways.
  • Be in locations where some planning or conversations about the need for a facility have already occurred.
  • Have municipal support. Don’t pick projects that will be difficult to sell to decision-makers.
  • Connect to other existing or planned bicycle facilities.
  • Be simple. For example, create curb extensions to calm traffic and shorten crossings, or create new bike lanes by striping and installing temporary structures to separate the new bike lane.
  • Conform to or exceed state highway and transportation specifications for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
  • Ideally last for at least one week.

If your project proposal meets these suggestions, email jim@bikemaine.org