Maine State Representative Mike Carey introduced a bill in the state legislature that seeks to clarify that roller-skiers are treated the same as bicyclists under the law.
“It’s an activity that high school and older serious Nordic athletes do quite a bit in the summertime,” he said to the 10-member, bipartisan Legislative Council. “The practice of all coaches and all athletes is that because a roller-skier is very to similar in speed to a bicycle, that you would operate under the bicycle rules of the road.”
Vehicles must give bicyclists and pedestrians a 3-foot berth when passing them, according to Maine’s current laws.
Carey is a former Dartmouth College skier and a current member of the New England Nordic Ski Association Board of Directors.