Representation in Maine bicycle crash cases
Bike Law Maine is led by Attorney Lauri Boxer-Macomber, who has been an avid rider for decades and handles bicycle, pedestrian and other vulnerable user cases throughout the State of Maine.
Lauri has experience representing racers, commuters, recreational riders, triathletes, new Mainers and families of bicyclists, pedestrians and others who have been injured or lost their lives because of negligent motorists, dangerous infrastructure and/or unsafe road conditions. She has successfully litigated and resolved bicycle cases involving hazardous turns, close passes, dangerous following distances, hits from behind and uncontrolled dogs.
Lauri is also on the Board of Directors for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and is a leader in statewide bicycle and pedestrian advocacy efforts. See Lauri's bio to learn more about her legal practice and pro bono work on behalf of Maine bicyclists.
Maine’s Bicycle Laws
Maine's bicycle laws and regulations are found throughout the Maine Motor Vehicles and Traffic Code, in Maine case law and within local ordinances. A few of the most commonly referenced bicycle laws are referenced below. For questions about a specific incident or guidance about how these statutes play out in everyday riding, do not hesitate to call or e-mail Lauri.
- The statute primarily governing bicycle operation on public ways is found here: 29-A M.R.S.A. § 2063.
- Maine’s safe passing distance law is found here: 29-A M.R.S.A. § 2070.
- The laws generally governing helmets, lights and reflectors are found within the Bicycle and Roller Skis Safety Education Act.
- Maine’s “dooring” statute is found here: 29-A M.R.S.A §2068(4).
Bicycling Events in Maine
Maine has bicycling events for riders of all types, ages and abilities. Each year, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine puts out a guide to all of them. A few that you won’t want to miss include:
- BikeMaine: This week-long cycling tour, held in different regions of the state each fall, is capturing national and international attention with its locally-sourced foods, homespun twists and unique use of bicycle touring as a means to educate and build reciprocal relationships with local communities.
- Yarmouth Clam Festival USCF Professional Bike Race and HK2 Kids Fun Ride: Each July, male and female professional racers take on Yarmouth Town Center while spectators enjoy pancakes, crafts and tag sales from the sidelines. Then, it is on to HK2’s Kids Fun Ride, organized by former pro racer Lenora Felker with her husband Tim Corcoran.
- Maine Women’s Ride: Join hundreds of women throughout Maine and New England each June for a day-long celebration of women and riding in Freeport, Maine. Select one of multiple route options varying from 10 to 62 miles in length along Maine’s coastline and quiet country roads.
- 12 Hours of Bradbury Mountain: This mountain bike relay race and festival is held each fall at Bradbury Mountain in Pownal, Maine and features a course boasting more than seven miles of incredible singletrack mountain biking.
Report Your Maine Bike Crash
If you have questions about best practices or want legal advice about a bicycle crash or incident in Maine, Lauri welcomes your call for a free consultation. If you would like Lauri to come speak to your club or at your shop, to mediate a bicycle case for you, or would like advice about any other area of bicycling and the law, please do not hesitate to call. Lauri can be reached at 207-775-1020 and at Lauri@bikelaw.com.
If you would prefer, feel free to complete Bike Law’s Bike Crash Report Form. Once we receive it, Lauri or another Bike Law attorney will contact you as soon as possible. All Lauri and Bike Law need is your name, e-mail, phone number, and a few details about the circumstances of your crash.
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Maine Bike Law Speakers
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