All citizens of North Carolina and visitors to the state will be able to walk and bicycle safely and conveniently to their desired destinations, with reasonable access to all roadways.

The guiding document for our mission and activities is our long-range plan, Bicycling and Walking in North Carolina: A Long-Range Transportation Plan (November, 1996). This plan defines and promotes the vision of the DBPT. After an introduction chapter, the plan includes chapters that describe in detail the History, Organization and Function of DBPT; Current Conditions; Goals and Focus Areas; and Actions and Opportunities. The vision, five goals and focus areas of the Plan are listed below.

Long-Range Goals and Focus Areas

Goal 1

Provide the bicycle and pedestrian facilities necessary to support the mobility needs and economic vitality of communities throughout North Carolina.

Focus Areas

  1. Provide for quality independent projects and schedule more local bicycle and pedestrian transportation improvements in the State Transportation Improvement Program.
  2. Provide for more incidental bicycle and pedestrian improvements by ensuring that the various units within the NC DOT consider bicyclist and pedestrian needs.
  3. Develop continuous corridors for safe bicycle travel in areas of high demand for bicycle transportation, particularly in the coastal areas.
  4. Expand, maintain, and improve the system of statewide Bicycling Highways.
  5. Map and sign bicycle routes in all counties and major urban areas.
  6. Develop and fund projects that improve transit access for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  7. Identify, preserve, and develop abandoned rail corridors for bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

Goal 2

Provide a comprehensive program of education and enforcement strategies that will improve the safety of all bicyclists and pedestrians.

Focus Areas

  1. Implement the Basics of Bicycling curriculum in all elementary schools throughout North Carolina.
  2. Increase helmet usage by bicyclists of all ages.
  3. Develop and implement school-based pedestrian safety curricula and programs.
  4. Develop, publish, and maintain a clearinghouse of bicycle, pedestrian, and motorist safety materials targeting at risk ages and groups.
  5. Encourage law enforcement agencies to enforce laws impacting bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Goal 3

Institutionalize bicycle and walking considerations to enhance current transportation practices at the state, regional, county, and local level.

Focus Areas

  1. Provide ongoing training and information exchange for state and local staff and officials.
  2. Assess and incorporate federal, state and local legislation, regulations, ordinances, and policies concerning bicyclists and pedestrians.
  3. Advocate the establishment of bicycle and pedestrian citizen committees to promote the development of local plans and programs.

Goal 4

Identify and promote new and innovative ways to advance bicycle and pedestrian safety and enjoyment through research and needs assessment.

Focus Areas

  1. Conduct research to identify pedestrian and bicyclist safety needs to guide countermeasure and program development.
  2. Periodically evaluate the effectiveness of bicycle and pedestrian facility and safety education programming.
  3. Implement and evaluate innovative programming procedures, training techniques, and facility treatments.

Goal 5

Encourage bicycling and walking as viable transportation options.

Focus Areas

  1. Sponsor statewide promotions and events, and encourage local activities aimed at increasing awareness of bicycling and walking opportunities.
  2. Improve tourism opportunities for non motorized travel throughout North Carolina.
  3. Develop, implement, and promote bicycle and pedestrian commuter incentive programs at the state, regional, county, and local level.