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10/13/2014: Application Deadline Extended for 2015 Bicycle Helmet Initiative

Application Deadline Extended for 2015 Bicycle Helmet Initiative

Posted 10/13/2014 4:08:45 PM

RALEIGH – The deadline for applications to participate in the 2015 Bicycle Helmet Initiative has been extended to Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Designed to help local organizations supply helmets to children in need, the Bicycle Helmet Initiative is funded by the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation within N.C. Department of Transportation, and is now in its eighth year. Countless studies have shown that wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by up to 88 percent. Sadly, fewer than 50 percent of children are likely to wear a helmet when riding, and the problem becomes more pronounced with lower-income populations. As such, the primary goal of the Bicycle Helmet Initiative is to reduce child bicycle fatalities and other serious injuries across the state. Each year, select applicants are awarded helmets for distribution to low income children participating in their programs. In order for the initiative to be as successful as possible, all sorts of organizations are invited to apply for the initiative, whether they are already holding bicycle safety programs, or simply want to get involved by developing a new bicycle safety program. For more information, please visit the Bicycle Helmet Initiative website. There you can find a fact sheet outlining the history of the program, learn more about how the initiative is funded and file an application on behalf of your organization.   ***NCDOT***
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10/6/2014: Schools Around North Carolina Celebrate Walk to School Day

Schools Around North Carolina Celebrate Walk to School Day

Posted 10/6/2014 3:45:04 PM

RALEIGH – On Wednesday, Oct. 8, at least 140 schools across North Carolina will participate in the annual Walk to School Day as part of an international movement to raise awareness of the needs of pedestrians while promoting healthy choices. The event is a promoted by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program, funded by the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. Now in its ninth year, NCDOT’s Safe Routes to School program administers an event each year at a different school featuring appearances by local community members. This year’s NCDOT Walk to School Day event will be held at Hominy Valley Elementary School in Candler and will be attended by several Buncombe county officials, members of the Health Department and NCDOT staff. To learn more about schools participating in your area and around the country, take a look at this interactive map pulled together by the National Walk Bike to School organization. If you’re interested in hosting an event at your school, review the NCDOT step-by-step guide to planning an event.   ***NCDOT***
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9/29/2014: Last Call for Schools to Register for 2014 Walk to School Day

Last Call for Schools to Register for 2014 Walk to School Day

Posted 9/29/2014 4:58:13 PM

RALEIGH – On Wednesday, Oct. 8, schools across North Carolina will participate in the annual Walk to School Day as part of an international movement to raise awareness of the needs of pedestrians while promoting healthy choices. The event is promoted by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program, funded by the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. If your school hasn’t participated in Walk to School Day before, there’s still time to register for this year’s events. NCDOT’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation has pulled together a step-by-step guide you can use to organize an event in as few as seven days! If you act now, you still have plenty of time to get your school involved in the 2014 Walk to School Day. To learn more about schools participating in your area and around the country, take a look at this interactive map pulled together by the National Walk Bike to School organization. ***NCDOT***
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9/25/2014: North Carolina Paves the Way to Accurate Reports on Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic

North Carolina Paves the Way to Accurate Reports on Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic

Posted 9/25/2014 9:21:00 AM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation, in conjunction with local governments, has announced an innovative plan to track the popularity of greenways, bicycle facilities and pedestrian pathways across the state. With the help of powerful new technology, NCDOT will soon have the ability to gauge how popular bicycling and walking is in North Carolina by collecting bicycle and pedestrian traffic usage data.   “Putting hard data behind North Carolina’s bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure will allow for a more calculated and fact-based approach to future development across our state,” said Lauren Blackburn, Director of NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.   With its pilot program now in place, NCDOT has funded the installation of 20 continuous counters located strategically around the Piedmont Triad and western Triangle region. The counter installations and the planning that led up to site selection were coordinated efforts between NCDOT, members of local governments, and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at N.C. State University. Fifteen of the 20 active counters will be placed around the Piedmont Triad, five will be located throughout the Research Triangle and five additional sensors are being assigned to other locations. The counter installation sites were chosen to help create a general picture of bicycle and pedestrian traffic in a wide range of traffic pattern situations. Sites represent both rural, urban and university locations; and they consider commuter and recreational traffic types. Sensor locations include the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, Fourth St. in downtown Winston-Salem, the Libba Cotten Bikeway in Carrboro, and South Elm St. in Greensboro. “North Carolina is one of a handful of state DOT’s collecting information about how people use its bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and in turn, is leading the nation by sharing that data with local partners so they can make informed decisions,” said Liz Stolz, Director of Health and Active Transportation Programs at Sprinkle Consulting, the group installing NCDOT’s counters. Each site features two types of counters manufactured by Eco-Counter – ZELT inductive loops for monitoring cyclists in each direction and a Pyroelectric sensor that uses an infrared detection zone to count pedestrians. North Carolina is helping to blaze the trail for state-funded bicycle and pedestrian counter programs. For more information regarding the first round of installations, please contact Patrick McCaully at pmccaully@ncdot.gov or (919)707-2683. ***NCDOT***
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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 bwpoole@ncdot.gov. ***NCDOT***  
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