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Maine DOT Renews Bicycle Coalition of Maine Contract for Statewide Pedestrian Safety Forums, Education Efforts

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Assistant Director Jim Tassé makes a presentation on safety at a Heads Up Pedestrian Safety Forum in Rockland on Dec. 7, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Betts for Village Soup.)

The Maine Department of Transportation has renewed the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s contract to facilitate the Head’s Up Pedestrian Safety Planning effort.
Our role in this effort emerged out of, and continues to build on, the strong working relationship between the Coalition and the MaineDOT—which is key to getting on the ground improvements to walking and bicycling conditions.
The Heads Up! Pedestrian Safety Project, part of MDOT’s Strategic Plan to address the dramatic rise in pedestrian fatal outcomes, reaches people who live and work in 21 Maine communities with large populations and high numbers of pedestrian crashes. The project features public forums on how infrastructure changes and education can improve safety, as well as site visits to help the towns plan for possible roadway design changes.
We facilitated 15 of these meetings in 2017, in communities throughout Maine; six more are in development.
The next Heads Up Pedestrian Safety forum will be in Brunswick on April 18, from 6pm-8pm, and includes a Q&A session, a presentation from the Bicycle Coalition about pedestrian safety and risk, an open mic opportunity to share concerns and opinions, and workgroups to identify problem areas in Brunswick.
We’ll post the dates and locations for additional upcoming forums as soon as they’ve been finalized.
The Heads Up forums represent the first segment of a five-part project that, when finished, will yield a State Pedestrian Safety Plan that includes specific recommendations to the MaineDOT and the municipalities about how to improve pedestrian conditions.
The Coalition will also be a key partner in developing new educational resources for use across Maine, including presentations at schools and worksites, bike rodeos and rides, and riding and mechanical classes.
We’ll be doing this work – working to make Maine better for biking and walking – throughout 2018 and into 2019.