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5/3/2016: Bike to the Future: Record-Setting Number of N.C. Students and Communities Celebrate Bike to School Day

Bike to the Future: Record-Setting Number of N.C. Students and Communities Celebrate Bike to School Day

Posted 5/3/2016 12:48:27 PM

Raleigh – Thousands of students and parents across North Carolina will celebrate the joy of pedaling to school during National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 4. This one-day event is part of a national effort to encourage more families to consider getting to school on foot or bike. Students have the chance to be part of the next, healthy generation who use walking and biking to complement motor vehicle travel as ways to get around. Nearly 150 North Carolina schools have registered events, setting a new record for participation in the state. And while North Carolina is the ninth most populous state in the country, it currently ranks fourth in the most number of registered Bike to School Day events. "The North Carolina Department of Transportation is proud to support Bike to School Day in North Carolina,” said Lauren A. Blackburn, AICP, Director of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. “Biking to school is a great way for children to be physically active and we encourage students and families to look for opportunities to ride or walk, whether it’s to school or to explore their communities and our state." NCDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program will join families and community members in Moore County for Pinehurst Elementary School’s Bike to School Day event. Students, parents, the town mayor and the school superintendent among others will help cheer for students as they roll to school. Local police will ride with the students. The growing popularity of Bike to School Day in North Carolina is due in large part to Active Routes to School, a partnership project between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Ten Regional Active Routes to School Coordinators are working to make it easier for elementary and middle school students around the state to safely walk and bike to school. 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. For more information, visit walkbiketoschool.org. Coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, Bike to School Day joins the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May. *** NCDOT ***    
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3/30/2016: UPDATE: Operation CARS Bicycle Ride Postponed

UPDATE: Operation CARS Bicycle Ride Postponed

Posted 3/30/2016 9:56:14 AM

what: Operation CARS Ride when: TBD; April 3 Ride Postponed where: Wakefield Commons, Raleigh, N.C. details: Bicycling clubs and enthusiasts from across the state will gather for a Capital Area Ride for Safety (CARS) to raise awareness for bicycle safety in honor of the four cyclists injured in a car crash in Johnston County on Feb. 20. Hundreds of riders are expected to participate in the 28.5-mile ride. Bicycle safety is a critical issue in North Carolina: each year, an average of 19 bicyclists are killed and 664 hit in reported roadway crashes. The N.C. Department of Transportation works with cycling organizations and local governments to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety through its Watch for Me NC campaign. CARS event organizers stress that, when passing cyclists, motorists should: Slow down; Wait for a clear break in oncoming traffic; and Change lanes to pass. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can find additional safety tips on the Watch for Me NC website. For more information about the ride, visit the event page or contact BikeWalk NC.     ***NCDOT***
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3/17/2016: NCDOT Announces 2016 Watch for Me NC Partners

NCDOT Announces 2016 Watch for Me NC Partners

Posted 3/17/2016 3:59:41 PM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will partner with communities from the mountains to the coast in 2016 as part of Watch for Me NC, the statewide pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign. The Watch for Me NC campaign is a comprehensive approach to reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina. NCDOT received applications from areas interested in implementing Watch for Me NC programs in their communities and selected the following new partners: Brevard/Transylvania County Kannapolis Morganton Many existing partners from previous years will also continue to work with Watch for Me NC: Apex Asheville Boone Carrboro Cary Chapel Hill Charlotte Corolla Dare County (Outer Banks communities) Davidson Durham Fuquay-Varina Garner Granville County Greensboro Greenville Jacksonville Marion Murphy New Bern New Hanover County Raleigh As campaign partners, these communities will receive printed materials and media advertisements to help improve public awareness for bicycle and pedestrian safety. Partner communities will also participate in specialized police officer training. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center will continue to provide technical support with campaign implementation. For more information about the campaign, visit the Watch for Me NC website.
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3/15/2016: NCDOT Awards 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

NCDOT Awards 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

Posted 3/15/2016 3:59:59 PM

RALEIGH- A group of eight municipalities and one county from across the state will receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to grants awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Now in its thirteenth year, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant program helps North Carolina communities develop a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given community. Recipients were selected from a pool of 17 applications by an awards committee comprised of transportation planners from across the state, including representatives of regional planning organizations and councils of government, local governments and NCDOT staff from multiple units. Recipients this year include:  Carolina Beach (pedestrian plan) Carthage (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan) Cramerton (bicycle plan) Currituck County (pedestrian plan) Fayetteville (pedestrian plan) Flat Rock (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan) Laurel Park (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan) Newton (pedestrian plan) Spindale (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan) The planning grant initiative is jointly sponsored by the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and the Transportation Planning Branch. To date, over $4 million has been awarded to 173 communities through the planning grant program. Plans 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. For more information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative, contact the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation or visit the Planning Grant Initiative website.  ***NCDOT***
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11/13/2015: NCDOT Celebrates 2015 Watch for Me N.C. Campaign

NCDOT Celebrates 2015 Watch for Me N.C. Campaign

Posted 11/13/2015 3:01:37 PM

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently celebrated its successful 2015 Watch for Me N.C. campaign with an event at the Durham Farmer’s Market.    Launched in 2012, Watch for Me N.C. is a joint effort between NCDOT and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. It is a comprehensive safety campaign, integrating public information and law enforcement efforts to educate the public about the laws designed to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.   “Watch for Me N.C. plays a critical role in protecting everyone on our roadways,” said N.C. Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson. “We want to encourage everyone to see walking and biking as safe and viable ways to travel.”    Durham Assistant Police Chief Ed Sarvis introduced Secretary Tennyson and welcomed the bicycle and pedestrian advocates, Durham police officers and other members of the community who attended the event.    The 2015 campaign partnered with local communities and organizations in 15 counties across North Carolina, as well as the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Each year, the campaign distributes safety materials to the public and provides education and safety training to local law enforcement and community groups. This year, 116 officers from 35 agencies attended Watch for Me N.C. law enforcement training sessions.   Walking and bicycling are increasingly popular modes of transportation and recreation. However, roadways built during the 20th century were not designed for pedestrians or cyclists - they typically feature fewer sidewalks and less available lane width for safe use by people walking or riding a bike. Between 2009 and 2013, an average of 168 pedestrians and 19 bicyclists were killed annually in collisions with motor vehicles in North Carolina. Pedestrian and bicycle fatalities on roadways represent, on average, 12-15 percent of total traffic fatalities in North Carolina.    “We’ve received a lot of support and positive attention for Watch for Me N.C.,” said Lauren A. Blackburn, director of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division. “People are glad to see that more is being done to educate the public about bicycle and pedestrian safety.”   
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