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9/22/2014: NCDOT Accepting Proposals for Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

NCDOT Accepting Proposals for Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

Posted 9/22/2014 12:09:29 PM

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting proposals from communities for the 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. In its 10th year, the program provides funding for municipalities across the state to develop comprehensive bicycle and/or pedestrian plans. Smaller communities with populations of less than 5,000 are also encouraged to apply, and also have the option to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans.   The deadline for applications is Friday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. All applications must be submitted electronically. Award recipients will be notified in June 2015.   “Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans have a positive impact on the economy, health and safety; and are the first steps in laying the groundwork for future projects that promote options for bicycling and walking locally,” said Lauren Blackburn, Director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.   The program is sponsored by NCDOT’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and the Transportation Planning Branch. Since 2004, nearly $4.1 million has been awarded through the program to 155 municipalities across the state.   Plans that are funded are not for one specific project, but represent a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given municipality. These plans address facilities, programs, services and regulations that encourage safe walking and bicycling.   Proposals are judged in geographical groups to help establish equitable distribution of funding across the state. Also, award recipients are specifically chosen to incorporate a diverse mix of municipalities from large cities to small towns.   For more information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative, contact Bryan Poole at (919) 707-2608 or ***NCDOT***  
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9/5/2014: Registration Open for 2014 N.C. Bike Summit Oct. 10-12

Registration Open for 2014 N.C. Bike Summit Oct. 10-12

Posted 9/5/2014 12:41:25 PM

Join N.C. Department of Transportation staff, planners, business owners, nonprofit leaders, elected officials and advocates from across North Carolina for the state’s third annual statewide Bike Summit Oct. 10-12 in Greensboro. The mission of the North Carolina Bike Summit is to foster collaboration between North Carolina’s various bicycle movements, efforts, and endeavors; educate local government staff, bicycle advocates, and policy leaders; promote cycling as a valid form of transportation; and highlight North Carolina’s dedication toward becoming a premier bicycle friendly state. Early bird registration is $75 through September 15. Late registration is $100. The registration fee covers three days of the summit — Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 12. There is an additional $50 fee for the optional 9 hour traffic skills workshop on Thursday, Oct. 9; limit 30 participants max. For more information, visit
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7/30/2014: NCDOT Seeking Partners to Distribute Helmets to Children of Low-Income Families

NCDOT Seeking Partners to Distribute Helmets to Children of Low-Income Families

Posted 7/30/2014 9:43:38 AM

RALEIGH - In an effort to keep kids safe while riding a bicycle, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division is issuing a call for applicants for its Bicycle Helmet Initiative. The program distributes helmets to children of low-income families, and for the first time ever is expanding its applicant pool to include other groups besides non-government agencies. Applicants are encouraged to partner with groups in the community to extend the outreach of bicycle safety awareness. Examples of partners include the police departments, parks and recreation departments, health departments or community centers and non-governmental organizations. Helmets save lives – while less than half of all children typically wear one while biking, they can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by almost 90 percent. NCDOT is committed to ensuring all children have access to a helmet. Funding for the Bicycle Helmet Initiative is made possible through sales of the Share the Road specialty license plate. People dedicated to bicycle safety in North Carolina have continued to support this initiative since it was founded in 2007, and have made thousands of helmets available to children during that time. For more information and application guidelines, visit the NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative website. ***NCDOT***
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5/28/2014: Watch for Me NC Announces 2014 Partners

Watch for Me NC Announces 2014 Partners

Posted 5/28/2014 11:10:39 AM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will partner with various communities from the mountains to the coast in 2014 to spread the Watch for Me NC campaign’s message of pedestrian and bicycle safety. The department received applications earlier this year from areas interested in implementing Watch for Me NC in their own communities. A committee narrowed down the applicant pool, and announced the new partners today. The partners include agencies and organizations within the following counties: ·         Chowan County/Edenton ·         Craven County/New Bern ·         Dare County/ Outer Banks communities ·         Greensboro/UNC-G and NCA&T ·         Jackson County/Sylva/Western Carolina University ·         New Hanover County/Wilmington/UNC-W ·         Pitt County/Greenville ·         Stokes County/Danbury ·         Watauga County/Boone/Appalachian State University Several existing partners from previous years will continue to work with Watch for Me NC: ·         Chapel Hill/Carrboro/UNC-Chapel Hill ·         Durham/Duke/N.C. Central University ·         Raleigh/N.C. State University ·         Cary As campaign partners, these communities will receive assistance with printed and multi-media materials and police officer enforcement training. Additionally, the Highway Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill will provide technical support with campaign implementation. The Watch for Me NC campaign is a comprehensive approach to reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina. The campaign uses multi-media strategies to educate motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, and provides resources to law enforcement efforts. ***NCDOT***
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5/5/2014: North Carolina Celebrates National Bike to School Day

North Carolina Celebrates National Bike to School Day

Posted 5/5/2014 3:08:42 PM

Raleigh – Students and parents across North Carolina will be strapping on their helmets and backpacks and pedaling their way to school on Wed., May 7, in celebration of the third annual National Bike to School Day. Schools, cities, bicycle groups, public organizations and parents alike are organizing bike rides and bike trains to school to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school. Thirty-seven schools across North Carolina, from Winston-Salem to Nags Head, have registered for the third annual event. The total number of events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout May, which is National Bike Month. More than 1,700 schools across the country participated in last year’s event. "Bicycling to school is a fun way to include physical activity into the daily routine and help prepare kids for a day of learning,” said Lauren A. Blackburn, director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. "Events like this are great examples of partners at the state and local level working together to help kids and families develop healthy habits. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the N.C. Division of Public Health work together to support walking and biking to school through Active Routes to School. Active Routes to School is a North Carolina Safe Routes to School project encouraging safe and active travel to and from school by promoting a safe, appealing environment for walking and biking. National Bike to School Day is coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and joins the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May. Bike to School Day gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day. The national event is part of the movement for year-round safe routes to school and encourages bicycling to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute. Schools parents and community members can register their Bike to School Day event through the end of May at ***NCDOT***
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