BCM 2019 Legislative Priorities

LD 470 Traffic Safety Education Act

Too many pedestrians and bicyclists are losing their lives on our roads, and in each case these tragedies are almost entirely preventable. LD 470, the Traffic Safety Education Act will help reduce these unacceptable numbers.

The legislation, which would be the first of its kind in the nation, would make sure that every Maine student receives one hour of age-appropriate traffic safety education each year, starting in the second grade.

You can read the bill here.

Read more about why we need this bill here.

There will be a public hearing for this bill on Wednesday, February 13th at 1:00pm. You can help pass this bill by testifying before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee to express your support. If you are unable to attend the hearing, you can still help get his bill enacted by submitting written testimony or calling your legislators and asking them to support it. For more information and to let us know how you will help, please contact Jim Tasse.

Pending Electric Bicycle Legislation

In Maine, electric bicycles lack a specific vehicle classification. This creates confusion and hinders the electric bicycle market for both consumers and retailers. In order to clarify state law and properly regulate electric bicycles like traditional bicycles, it is critical that Maine enact E-Bike legislation. BCM has worked with People for Bikes to draft legislation. Read why this bill is important here.

At this time, the bill is not on the legislative calendar, but we will update the status of the bill as that information becomes available.

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