2015 Maine Bicycle Accident Statistics
No pedalcyclist deaths were reported in 2015 per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) reports that between 2011 and 2015, there was an average of 208 bicycle accidents each year. Annual fatalities from bicycle accidents for those years averaged between one and two people each year.
Bicycle Helmet Laws in Main
Maine has a mandatory bicycle helmet law based on age. Everyone under the age of 16 years must wear a bicycle helmet when riding a bike. Violations of the law may result in a fine.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in Maine
Maine recognizes that walking and bicycling are important to many residents and citizens in the state. For that reason, the state encourages communities to provide opportunities for people to ride and walk safely and efficiently. On its website, the MaineDOT has information for creating a bicyclist and pedestrian friendly community, suggestions for infrastructure improvements and funding options. Communities can use the information and resources provided to integrate alternative forms of transportation, such as walking and riding a bicycle, into its transportation system.
The state has created a standardized set of bicycle signs for use throughout the state. This ensures that bicycle signage is consistent in all communities and areas. The agency encourages all jurisdictions to use these signs on local rules to promote unity and continuity.
You can find information about safe bicycling, including a summary of the Maine bicycle laws, on the DOT’s website.
Share the Road Campaign
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Share the Road Campaign is designed to raise awareness about the need to watch for bicyclists on the road. It educates riders and motorists on the rights of bicyclists to use the roads, including the responsibilities of motorists under Maine’s traffic laws. In addition to working with motorists, the campaign works with bicyclists to educate them on their rights and responsibilities, in addition to safety procedures.
The state’s SpotME Program is a joint effort by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the MaineDOT to address improvements to State roads that improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. You are encouraged to submit your recommendations for improvements such as signs, maintenance works, and constructions projects on the DOT’s website.