Representation in Maine bicycle crash cases
Bike Law Maine is led by Attorney Lauri Boxer-Macomber, who has been an avid rider for decades. Lauri’s law practice is focused on advocating for the rights of bicyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users.
Lauri advocates for racers, commuters, recreational riders, triathletes, new Mainers and families of bicyclists, pedestrians and others who have been injured or lost their lives because of motorists, dangerous infrastructure, and unsafe road conditions.
If you have questions about your rights as a bicyclist or have been in a bike-car crash anywhere in Maine, you have a legal advocate in Lauri and Bike Law Maine.
Maine 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).
LAURI’S ADVOCACY WORK FOR MAINE BICYCLISTS
Lauri’s riding experience and legal training are complemented by her advocacy work. She is an active Board Member of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a Governor of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and a Member of the American League of Bicyclists. She also chairs the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Policy and Legislation Committee and is one of the founding members and facilitators of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Law Enforcement Collaborative, a group of law enforcement officers, planners, bicycle advocates and others who meet regularly with the goal of improving safety on Maine’s roadways.
Lauri is especially interested in bettering the relationships between motor vehicle operators and bicyclists. She was instrumental in getting bicycle and pedestrian safety legislation passed in 2013 and 2015.
In addition to working with her clients and their families, she speaks in Maine to bicycle clubs, advocacy groups, attorneys and law enforcement personnel.
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 [email protected].
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
If you would like Bike Law to come speak to your club or at your shop, please contact us.