Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Links
Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM)
Advocating bicycling safety, education, and access in Maine, the BCM works to make Maine accessible and safe for all residents and visitors so they may comfortably and responsibly bicycle. The BCM promotes bicycling for transportation, health, recreation, and fun to enhance our communities, environment, and economy. The BCM offers the Bicycle Safety Education Program, Bicycle Safety Teacher Training, and Bicycle Safety and the Law training for police as part of a contract with the Maine Department of Transportation. BCM also offers Bike Commuting courses for employers and employees, and coordinates nationally certified Bike Ed courses in Maine. In addition to publishing Maine Cyclist and assorted educational handouts for bicycling and walking safety, the BCM maintains a small library of materials. We can direct you where to best find other resources. The BCM website provides assistance with anything bicycling related.
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pedestrian and Bicycle Program
The Federal Highway Administration is charged with administering federal funds for transportation improvements, and providing technical assistance to localities implementing pedestrian and bicycle projects and programs. Three Offices in FHWA address pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The Office of Safety and the Office of Safety Research work together to develop tools and technologies to reduce the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed and injured on our nation’s roadways. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Program of FHWA’s Office of Human and Natural Environment promotes bicycle and pedestrian transportation accessibility, use, and safety. The FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Program issues guidance and is responsible for overseeing that requirements in legislation are understood and met by the states and other implementing agencies.
Maine Safe Routes to School Program (MSRTS)
Safe Routes to School is a federal, state, and local effort to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; and to make walking and bicycling to school safe and more appealing. A major goal of the program is to increase bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety. In partnership with the Maine Department of Transportation, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine provides staff support and resources to schools and communities to increase the number of students walking and bicycling to school. Walking and bicycling is a great way for kids to be healthy and enjoy Maine's beautiful outdoors!
National Center for Bicycling and Walking (NCBW)
The National Center for Bicycling and Walking provides bicycle and pedestrian advocates and professionals, transportation engineers and planners, public health specialists, and others with easy access to the information, training, tools, and experts they need to foster active living through community design.
National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS)
The National Center for Safe Routes to School aims to assist communities in developing successful Safe Routes programs and strategies. The Center offers information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program, case studies of successful programs, as well as many other resources.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes through education, research, safety standards, and enforcement activity. The agency collects and publishes state and national crash data, including data on pedestrian and bicycle crashes. NHTSA administers funding to support programs developed and implemented by state traffic safety offices. They also distribute to the general public free educational information and publications focused on many areas of traffic safety, including bicycling, walking, and driving. NHTSA usually communicates through the traffic safety offices rather than directly with neighborhood residents.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (initiated and funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration) hosts several Web sites that contain comprehensive information on walking and bicycling issues, and resources for community members and professionals to improve conditions for walking and biking.