Below are some commonly asked questions about bicycling safetly and laws in Maine. Do you have questions? Please use our form to the right to submit your questions for inclusion on this page.
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- Is it legal in Maine to ride 2 abreast?
- No. Maine Law requires a bicyclist to ride as far right as practicable (operating at a speed less than the speed of traffic), except when it is unsafe to do so as determined by the bicyclist. As far right as practicable is never to the left of another bicyclist, except when passing.
- Does Maine's Operating Under the Influence Law apply to bicyclists?
- Can a bicyclist ride in the middle of the lane?
- Sometimes. There are times when it is legal for a bicyclist to ride in the center of the lane, and to cross lanes to get into the left turn lane. Examples of when it is legal include:
- To avoid hazardous and unsafe conditions as determined by the bicyclist
- When preparing to make a left turn
- When proceeding straight at locations where right turns are permitted
- Construction zones where lane widths are reduced
- Do I have to wear a helmet?
- Yes, if you are under 16 years old.
- Can a group ride together and take up the full width of the lane?
- Sometimes. If the group is traveling at the same rate of speed as traffic, then it is permitted. For instance when a group of riders is approaching a stop sign. Otherwise, the law states "bicyclist must ride as far to the right as practicable and safe."
- Can a bicyclist ride on the sidewalk?
- Yes. In most locations, it is perfectly legal to ride on a sidewalk. A local municipality would have to specifically prohibit it for it to be illegal. Please check with your local municipalities.
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