Bike Advocates Applaud Passage of Safety Bill in Maine

July 7, 2015

Bike safety advocates are celebrating a new law in Maine that they say will make the roads safer for bikers and pedestrians.

Brian Allenby of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine tells the Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the new law clearly spells out the responsibilities of cyclists in one place. Before, he say, laws pertaining to bicyclists were spread out in a number of different statues.

The law is also designed to protect pedestrians by requiring drivers yield to people who’ve made it clear that they intend to cross the road. Violators face a fine of $165.

Kriss Evans, whose father was killed while he was walking to work in Brewer, Maine, last year, was among who urged lawmakers to pass the bill.

The law will go into effect in September.

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  • July 8, 2015 at 8:59 am
    Milner says:
    My wife and I ride a lot. I've realized I can be invisible even when wearing hi vis clothing. I've had people pull out in front of me on clear days with limited traffic not ... read more
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    wayne smith says:
    Want to be safe on the roads? Buy a car.
  • July 7, 2015 at 2:29 pm
    Dave says:
    I live in Chicago, a very "bike friendly" city. And I can tell you that most bike riders will ignore most of these rules. I see bike riders blowing red lights riding on sidewa... read more

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