Bicycle Coalition of Maine urging safety after fatal crashes


PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine group that advocates for road safety says it is urging better protections for cyclists and pedestrians in the wake of two fatal car crashes.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine says both crashes occurred on roads without sidewalks, which illustrates the need for infrastructure to protect cyclists and walkers. The crashes occurred in Harpswell and York earlier this month.

The York crash killed 23-year-old Emily Zarnoch of Quincy, Massachusetts. She was hit by a car while walking. The Harpswell crash killed 75-year-old Rita Douglas and her dog as they walked a short distance from their home.

The bicycle coalition is also asking walkers and cyclists to take extra precautions to be visible. The coalition says the crashes are a reminder to drivers to obey all driving laws.