Cycling Safety Presented by Bicycle Coalition of Maine Please note that all roads will be OPEN during the rides! PLEASE read the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Group Ride Guidelines for important Rules of the Road. Additional safety information for cyclist AND motorists, can be found on the B.C.M. safety page. Here are a few tips for you to share for Group Ride Guidelines:
Look before you make a move. Riders and motorists expect you to ride in a straight line and at a consistent speed. Avoid sudden changes in speed or lane position. Scan behind and to the side before changing position.
Clearly communicate to other riders changes in speed or direction, road hazards, pedestrians and vehicles. Call out “car back”, “slowing” or “stopping” as needed. Communicate calls throughout the group.
Coordinate group turns and moves.
Be alert. Be aware of riders around you. Avoid overlapping wheels.
Avoid Riding More than Two Abreast
Group riding often requires riding two abreast. While this is not illegal in Maine, please exercise your rights with courtesy.
Choose Proper Lane Positioning
Maine law permits bikes to ride in the travel lane as far right as is practical. A rider is permitted to use the entire travel lane where hazards exist or where it is unsafe for a car and bike to travel side by side. Never cross yellow center lines. Be courteous and use the shoulder when it is safe to do so.
Don’t Pass on Right
Gather behind the last car in line at an intersection. Although Maine law permits a cyclist to pass cars on the right at an intersection, such behavior is discouraged in group rides as a courtesy to motorists.
Be Courteous at Intersections
Obey traffic signs and signals at intersections. At stop signs, consider moving as a single unit through intersections if all riders feel it is safe to do so. Slow and stop at yellow lights. Consider adopting a policy of stopping or slowing after intersections when the group is split.
Wear bright colors. Maine law requires cyclists use lights in darkness, and they are recommended in reduced visibility conditions.
Bike Shipping and RentalsFREE BIKE INSPECTION
The following bicycle shops are located in the Lewiston-Auburn area:
- SH – receives shipped bikes
- R – some rentals available
Rainbow Bicycle (SH,R) 97 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME 04240 (207) 784-7576 firstname.lastname@example.org
Busytown Bikes (SH) 996 Sabattus Street Lewiston, ME (207) 241-3233 email@example.com
Roy’s Bicycle Shop (SH, R) 75 Farwell Street Lewiston, ME 04240 (207) 783-9090 firstname.lastname@example.org
Other bike shops within about 30 miles of Lewiston-Auburn include:
- Allspeed Cyclery and Snow, Portland, (207) 878.8741 (SH, R)
- Auclair Cycle & Ski, Augusta, 1-800-734-7171 (R)
- Center Street Cycles, Brunswick, (207) 729-5309 (SH)
- Cycle Mania, Portland, (207) 774-2933 (R)
- Ernie’s Cycle Shop, Westbrook, (207) 854-4090
- Eastern Mountain Sports, Portland, (207) 541-1919
- Gorham Bike & Ski, Portland, (207) 773-1700 (SH, R)
- Green Machine Bike Shop, Norway, ME, (207)-739-2324