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Bicycling Advocates Warn of Rise in Bike and Pedestrian Accidents

By October 21, 2016Coalition News

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BANGOR, Maine – A Maine group that promotes bicycling says it’s noticed an uptick in the number of fatal crashes between automobiles and bicyclists and pedestrians in recent weeks. Three people have been killed in separate incidents since Oct. 10, bringing the total of fatalities so far this year to 11 – on pace with last year. The Maine Bicycle Coalition’s James Tasse says dangerous road design, distracted driving, and bikers and walkers not paying attention all play a role. “There are a lot of factors at play,” he says. “Just goes to show that our roads are dangerous places where people really need to be doing the best they can to look out for others in all situations.” Last year, a record 19 people were killed on Maine roadways while walking. Tasse says the coming months of fading daylight historically show the biggest upswing bike and pedestrian fatalities.