Bicycle Riders

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Division works with other state agencies and national organizations to develop and implement effective safety and education programs. The following programs work to educate and promote safety for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

Safe Routes to School Program

Safe Routes to School Logo

Safe Routes to School is a national and international movement to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school.

Several important initiatives are a direct result of the North Carolina Safe Routes to School Program:

The Active Routes to School program encourages students to increase activity on the way to and while at school. The program receives funding through the NCDOT Safe Routes to School program and administered through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Let’s Go NC! Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Curriculum is a comprehensive tool designed to aid in the instruction and encouragement of safe and healthy pedestrian and bicycle behaviors in children.

Typically held in May and October each year, Bike and Walk to School Day are two international events where students are encouraged to be physically active all year long, and enjoy spending time with friends and family on the way to school. Learn how you can plan a Walk/Bike to School Day event at your school.

Watch For Me NC

Watch For Me NC is a comprehensive statewide safety and awareness campaign geared toward bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and enforcement.

Combining multimedia with public engagement, Watch For Me NC promotes safety messages at local events, followed by targeted enforcement in areas with heightened risk of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians. A key component of the program includes the training of law enforcement officers on existing laws and how to enforce them. Learn how some communities have participated as part of the Watch for Me NC program.

Bicycle Helmet Initiative

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Division are committed to encouraging the use of bicycle helmets as an essential means of reducing bicyclist injuries and fatalities. Communities conducting bicycle safety events for underprivileged children can request helmets through the Bicycle Helmet Initiative, funded from the proceeds from "Share the Road" specialty license plates

Resources

NCDOT and Bike Walk NC partnered in 2016 to create a series of educational videos about bicycle safety. Each video contains important tips for safe cycling. Click on the following links to view and share videos including important bicycle safety information:

Bicycles are vehicles
Avoid hazards when riding - coming soon
Unplug and pay attention - coming soon
Change lanes to pass - coming soon

Cyclists and motorists may also submit concerns about bicycle safety on roadways. If a crash occurs, please contact local law enforcement immediately. Other concerns, such as hazardous behaviors, can be submitted to the NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Division via the Contact Us link. This information may be shared with local law enforcement or cycling organizations to help improve safety on our roadways.

Please include as many of the following event or incident details as possible:

  • Your Name (may be left as Anonymous if preferred)
  • Date and time of incident
  • Municipality or county location where incident occurred
  • Road name or Route number where incident occurred
  • Brief description of observed behavior (50 words or less)
  • Number and type of motor vehicle(s) or cyclist(s) involved

Bicycle and pedestrian safety is a concern not only for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Division but also for other agencies at the state, federal and local levels. Below is a list with links to other helpful agencies and resources.