The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) partners with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) and 21 communities across Maine to facilitate a series of public meetings addressing pedestrian safety. As part of the Heads Up Pedestrian Safety Initiative, these meetings:
- collect information on locations the residents feel are unsafe;
- identify possible infrastructure changes to improve pedestrian safety; and
- discuss specific educational and law enforcement interventions that may improve driver and pedestrian behavior.
The aim of the project is to explore potential mitigation strategies to improve pedestrian safety and reduce the number of crashes. The process began in 2016 by identifying focus communities that experienced the highest number of pedestrian crashes between 2011 and 2015. These locations often represent the state’s most densely populated and “urbanized” areas.
The 21 Focus Communities are: