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Maine Records Its First Bicycling Fatality of 2018

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, Stay Safe

August 9, 2018 (Portland, ME) –  Maine recorded its first bicycle fatality of 2018, when Laila Al-Matrouk, 15, was hit and killed in a motor vehicle/bicycle crash on Sunday, August 5, in Belfast. 
“The Bicycle Coalition of Maine extends its deepest sympathies to Laila’s family and friends, and we remind all users to watch out for each other, and to drive, walk and bike in a safe fashion,” Bicycle Coalition of Maine Assistant Director Jim Tasse said.
As the state’s leading group promoting bicycling and walking safety, the Coalition routinely monitors crash reports for incidents that involve bicyclists or pedestrians. According to Coalition records, this is the first fatality of a person on a bike in Maine in 2018. There were two bicycle fatalities in 2017.
The Coalition does not have all the details on this incident, and cannot comment on it specifically. However, in general these kinds of incidents should remind all users of Maine’s roads to watch for other users at all times, drive at a reasonable and safe speed for conditions, obey traffic laws, and never drive, walk, or bicycle distracted or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
The Coalition will continue to monitor the circumstances surrounding this incident for information that will improve roadway safety for all users.  

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

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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.

Second Pedestrian Fatality of The Year Takes Place in Bath

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Bicycle Coalition of Maine Watching
Latest Pedestrian Crash in Bath

February 18, 2016 – 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 a pedestrian killed in Bath on February 17th, and extends its condolences.
Paula Caruso, 70, of Wiscasset, was struck by a car and killed as she crossed Washington Street in a crosswalk while heading to work at Bath Iron Works. This is a harsh reminder that seniors suffer disproportionately from pedestrian deaths in Maine. While comprising 15% of Maine’s population, adults aged 65 and older accounted for 35.3% of pedestrian fatalities across the state from 2003-2010. This second fatality in 2016 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.

Media Advisory: Bicycle Coalition of Maine Watching Latest Pedestrian Crash in Farmington

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, Stay Safe

January 4, 2016 – 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 another pedestrian killed inFarmington on January 1st, and extends its condolences.

Taylor Gaboury, of Wilton, was walking on Wilton Road when she was struck and killed by Tommy Clark, of Industry, who has been arrested on a felony charge of aggravated operating under the influence of alcohol. We are particularly regretful that the trend of pedestrian fatalities has carried over into the New Year so soon. This first fatality in 2016 comes after a year in which a record 18 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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Bicycle Coalition of Maine Watching Latest Pedestrian and Motorist Crashes (Media Advisory)

By | Coalition News, Stay Safe

MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact:
Brian Allenby
Communication Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
207.623.4511 (office)
207.252.8688 (direct)
brian@bikemaine.org
bikemaine.org 

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.

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Bicycle Coalition talks safety with Bethel residents (Oxford Hills Sun Journal)

By | Coalition News, Speak up for Biking, Stay Safe

This article originally appeared on SunJournal.com
MATTHEW DAIGLE, Staff Writer | Oxford Hills
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm
BETHEL – The assistant director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine advised selectmen and other residents Monday night that there needs to be some give and take between motorists and bicyclists.
Jim Tasse was invited to address the board after it approved three signs last month for the beginning of Vernon, North and Intervale roads, warning drivers to keep 3 feet away from cyclists. A month later, the board voted 4-1 to reconsider its vote, after residents said some cyclists ride side-by-side or three abreast at times, which makes it difficult for motorists to pass them or give them space.
Tasse said he heard that “there is some heartburn in the community about group rides using narrow roads in the area”
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Maine Bike Advocates Applaud Passage of Safety Bill (MPBN)

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, State House Watch, Stay Safe

AUGUSTA, Maine – Advocates for Maine’s bicyclists and pedestrians are celebrating one of the rare examples of political harmony in Augusta: passage of a bill designed to make Maine roads safer for those who are traveling on two wheels or by foot.
The junction of Franklin Arterial and Marginal Way is Portland’s busiest intersection. Twenty lanes of traffic converge on the edge of the downtown district of Maine’s largest city. To miss a green light here can be frustrating, especially if you’re in a hurry, says Brian Allenby.
Allenby is with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a strong supporter of LD 1301 – An Act To Improve the Safety of Vulnerable Users in Traffic and To Clarify the Responsibilities of Bicyclists and Pedestrians.
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Press Release: Governor signs bill to protect walkers, bicyclists and other vulnerable users

By | Coalition News, Featured Posts, State House Watch, Stay Safe

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Brian Allenby
Communication Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
207.623.4511 (office)
207.252.8688 (direct)
brian@bikemaine.org
bikemaine.org
 

Governor signs bill to protect walkers, bicyclists and other vulnerable users 

June 19, 2015 – Portland ME – On Friday, June 12th, Governor LePage signed a bill into law that will improve the safety of bicyclists, pedestrians, and other ‘vulnerable users’ on Maine’s roads. The bill, LD 1301, was sponsored by Senator Amy Volk (R- Scarborough) and supported by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. According to the Governor’s Office, fewer than sixty bills have been signed into law by Governor LePage so far during this legislative session.
“We very much appreciate the Governor’s support of safer walking and biking on Maine’s roads,” said Nancy Grant, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
As a result of this legislation, Maine law now defines a “Vulnerable User” as a person on the public way who is more vulnerable to injury than a person in a motor vehicle. This definition includes pedestrians, bicyclists, wheelchair users, those driving tractors, and others. Studies have shown that these vulnerable users are far more likely to be injured or killed in a collision with a motor vehicle.
The new law also strengthens Drivers Education programs by requiring courses to include increased instruction on protecting the rights and safety of vulnerable users.
“Teaching students about the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists, walkers, and other vulnerable users is an important part of any Drivers Ed curriculum,” commented Ric Watkins, owner of Belfast Driver Ed and President of the Maine Driver Education Association.
The new law also increases protection for walkers, runners, and wheelchair users attempting to cross the street by requiring that drivers yield to pedestrians who are attempting to cross the street at a marked crosswalk. Before this change, drivers only had to yield when pedestrians at a marked crosswalk stepped out into the road.
Kriss Evans’ father, David Grant, was killed while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk in Brewer this past December.  She is grateful for the stronger crosswalk law.
“My family is still grieving the loss of our dad, who did everything right and was  still hit and killed by a car while crossing the street right in front of his barber shop. Anything we can do to make people safer when walking across the street is a step in the right direction. I hope this law will prevent more avoidable deaths like my father’s.”
In addition to the added protections for pedestrians and all vulnerable users, the new law also clarifies the responsibilities of bicyclists; namely their duty to obey yield signs, stop signs, one-way streets, and traffic lights.
 

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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 fun. For more information: bikemaine.org.  

14 Maine Bicyclists and Pedestrians Lose Their Lives in 2014 (Press Release)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Brian Allenby
Communication Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
207.623.4511 (office)
207.252.8688 (direct)
brian@bikemaine.org
bikemaine.org

14 Maine Bicyclists and Pedestrians Lose Their Lives in 2014

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Monitoring Latest Bicycle / Pedestrian Crash Data 

January 13, 2015 – Portland ME – Recent MaineDOT data shows that 14 bicyclists and pedestrians were killed in Maine in 2014.  Of these fatalities, 12 were pedestrians and two were killed while riding bicycles.  Additionally, half of the victims were either seniors or under the age of 18.  As the state’s leading organization promoting bicycling and walking safety, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine routinely monitors crash reports for incidents that involve bicyclists or pedestrians.
In addition to the most recent 2014 data, MaineDOT recently released a detailed analysis of crash data from 2009-2013. The MaineDOT’s report shows a clear need for increased safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Highlights of the report include:

  • Over 34% of pedestrian crashes and over 37% of bicycle crashes took place between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Over 70% of crashes took place in clear weather with dry road conditions.
  • Crashes involving bicycles were more than five times more likely to occur during daylight hours.
  • Males were over three times more likely to be involved in a bicycle crash than females

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine works with partners like the MaineDOT to use this data to shape more effective policies, programming and infrastructure projects.  By tracking all crashes involving bicyclists, pedestrians, other vulnerable users and motor vehicles, the Coalition is working to improve the safety of everyone on the road.
“The death of any bicyclist or pedestrian is cause for alarm,” said Nancy Grant, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “We will continue to work to make our roads safer for users of all types, striving for a day that we can report zero fatalities.”
The most recent fatality occurred in Glenburn on December 14th, when a pedestrian was killed while crossing the street to retrieve her mail. This incident is a reminder 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. It also highlights the need for walkers 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 all cases in which bicyclists or pedestrians are killed, searching for information and solutions that will improve safety on the road for anyone traveling on foot, bike, and in a vehicle.

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

14 bicyclists and pedestrians lose their lives in 2014 (WCSH6)

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This article originally appeared on WCSH6.com
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Recent MaineDOT data shows that 14 bicyclists and pedestrians were killed in Maine in 2014. Of these fatalities, 12 were pedestrians and two were killed while riding bicycles. Additionally, half of the victims were either seniors or under the age of 18.
As the state’s leading organization promoting bicycling and walking safety, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine routinely monitors crash reports for incidents that involve bicyclists or pedestrians.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine works with partners like the MaineDOT to use this data to shape more effective policies, programming and infrastructure projects. By tracking all crashes involving bicyclists, pedestrians, other vulnerable users and motor vehicles, the Coalition is working to improve the safety of everyone on the road.
“The death of any bicyclist or pedestrian is cause for alarm,” said Nancy Grant, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “We will continue to work to make our roads safer for users of all types, striving for a day that we can report zero fatalities.”