Do I need to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle in Maine?

No, you don't need to wear a helmet when riding your bicycle in public settings in Maine if you're over the age of 16 (if you're under the age of 16, you must wear a helmet). However, it is strongly recommended as wearing a helmet protects your head from serious injury in the event that you fall off or crash your bike. Don't let wearing a helmet deter you though because riding a bike in Maine is one of the best ways to see everything this state has to offer, allowing you to remove any distractions and barriers between you and the natural world. 

From breathtaking landscapes and scenic national parks to sleepy fishing towns just waiting to be explored, it's extremely easy to fully immerse yourself in this state's captivating environment when doing it on two wheels but there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind before you begin your cycling adventure in Maine. 

What are the bike laws in Maine?

The bike laws in Maine are pretty straightforward in that they recognise cyclists as motor vehicle operators. This means that cyclists and drivers share the same rights and responsibilities in the eyes of the law and need to obey traffic laws when riding such as stopping at red lights and stop signs, stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks, and giving way to traffic when exiting a driveway. 

Cyclists can use public roads and don't have to ride in the bike lane, even if there is one running parallel to the road. However, they are expected to ride on the far right as is possible and practical except in circumstances that include overtaking a vehicle and making a left-hand turn. Most areas of Maine allow cyclists to also ride on the footpath if they choose but some municipalities prohibit this so make sure you understand local policies before going for a ride.  

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