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Bicycle Coalition of Maine Watching Latest Pedestrian and Motorist Crashes (Media Advisory)

By August 6, 2015Coalition News, Stay Safe

Brian Allenby
Communication Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
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Bicycle Coalition of Maine Watching
Latest Pedestrian and Motorist Crashes

August 5, 2015 – 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 two more non-motorized roadway users killed in York and Harpswell on August 4th and 5th, and extends its condolences. These are already the seventh and eighth bicycle/pedestrian fatalities of 2015.
Both of these crashes occurred on roads without sidewalks, once again illustrating the need for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on our roadways. According to the Federal Highway Administration, providing walkways separated from the travel lanes could help to prevent up to 88 percent of pedestrian deaths that occur when the pedestrian is walking in the road.
These latest incidents in Maine also highlight again 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, 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.