GO MAINE.org: Commuter Connections

Join thousands of Mainers
who’ve found a better way to work

Why drive alone to work when you can save half or more on your commute with GO MAINE? GO MAINE is Maine’s statewide commuter service providing access to low-cost, healthy, economical and eco-friendly options for commuting to and from work. From carpooling and vanpooling, to riding the bus, cycling, walking or teleworking, we help commuters revolutionize how they get to work. Join Maine’s commuter revolution today!

It’s faster and easier than ever to find a carpool or carpool partner, find an empty vanpool seat, get transit and bike commuting information, or find a Park & Ride lot. It’s also free.

October is National Rideshare Month

Way 2 GO Maine 

At GO Maine we know there are many of you out there carpooling, biking, vanpooling, taking transit every day and for that we want to say Way 2 GO Maine!!!

Way 2 GO Maine is a celebration of you!! We are so glad you are doing your part to save money, reduce wear and tear on Maine roads, reduce pollutants in our air and reduce your own stress.

So, how can you get in on the celebration??

Every Wednesday in October GO Maine and MaineDOT staff will be at a park and ride lot somewhere in Maine…where exactly will be revealed a few days before, so keep an eye on our Facebook and twitter pages for hints, we may be at a park and ride lot near you! At these park and rides we will have free goodies for you to start off your morning, a warm “thanks” and a chance to talk us here at GO Maine so we can get your feedback.

We will also have information for you to pass along to your coworkers and employers. You like to commute another way, why not get others to give it a try? C’mon it’s the: Way 2 GO Maine!!

You can’t make it to an event?

That’s ok we still want to celebrate and say, Way 2 GO Maine. If you can’t make it to one of our events, you can still join in the fun. Just Like us on Facebook or post a picture of your carpool, bus ride, walk or van pool and we will hold a drawing for prizes. Show us how you, Way 2 GO Maine!!

You want more information?

Awesome! Send us an email at Gomaine@Maineturnpike.com or call us at 1800-280-RIDE. Want more information on park and ride lots in Maine? Click here to learn more

     

 

 

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Cycling and Driving Tips to Stay Safe

Cycling and Driving Tips to Stay Safe 

It’s important to observe safety guidelines when bicycles and vehicles share the road. Here are some helpful tips for drivers and bicyclists to follow that can help keep everyone safe on the road.

Tips for Motorists

DRIVING:

  • When passing, be sure to clear the cyclist before moving back into your lane.
  • Give the cyclist at least three feet when passing.
  • Cyclists who are not on the extreme right-hand side of the lane are not being careless, but are in fact attempting to avoid hazards that could cause a crash.

PARKING:

  • Always look for cyclists before pulling over to park.
  • Always look for cyclists before opening a car door. Motorists parking may not open a car door into traffic until it is safe to do so. Car doors hitting cyclists can cause serious crashes, for which the motorist is responsible.

TURNING:

  • Yield to bicyclists when turning.
  • As with motor vehicle traffic, bicyclists going straight through an intersection have the right of way over turning vehicles.
  • Never turn right after passing a cyclist. Wait until s/he has merged behind you or completed the trip through the intersection. Overtaking, then making a right turn in front of cyclists, causes a significant number of car/bike crashes.
  • Always yield to cyclists before turning left. Drivers turning left in front of oncoming cyclists also cause a large percentage of car/bicycle crashes.

Tips for Cyclists

LAWS OF THE ROAD:

  • Ride with traffic, not against it.
  • Always use a light if you are riding between sunset and sunrise. Your visibility is directly related to your safety.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.

POSITION ON THE ROAD:

  • Be predictable. Do not weave in and out of traffic or parked cars.
  • Ride at least 3 feet away from parked cars and be alert for motorists or passengers opening car doors.

TURNING AND STOPPING:

  • Signal your intentions: use hand signals to indicate turns and stops.
  • Be especially alert when going straight through an intersection: look for motorists in all directions, merge behind a right-turning motorist when possible.
  • Left turns: There are two possibilities. Signal, move into the left lane, and turn left. Or ride straight to the far side of the intersection, then stop, turn left, and ride across. If you use the crosswalk, walk your bicycle across.
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