DBPT Mission

To decrease bicyclist and pedestrian injuries and fatalities on North Carolina’s streets, highways, and other public rights-of-way by improving these corridors and the travel environment for safe bicycle and pedestrian use, thus promoting increased bicycling and walking.

The Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT) is a comprehensive operation, touching all aspects of bicycling and walking; whether designing facilities, creating safety programs, mapping cross-state bicycle routes, training teachers, sponsoring workshops and conferences, fostering multi-modal planning or integrating bicycling and walking into the ongoing activities of the Department of Transportation.

Created in 1974 as a result of North Carolina bicycle program legislation (View the Bicycle and Bikeway Act) and expanded to encompass pedestrian activities in 1992 as a result of federal legislation, the DBPT is the oldest comprehensive state program of its kind in the United States.

Bicyclists riding on a North Carolina Road

What We Do

We strive to make bicycling and walking in North Carolina better, safer and more enjoyable. Consisting of planners, engineers, and support staff, DBPT works closely with other units of NCDOT and other state agencies as well as regional and municipal agencies throughout the state.

Vision and Goals

WalkBikeNC is North Carolina’s first statewide master plan to define a vision, goals and strategies for improving walking and bicycling for residents and visitors. Based on input received from thousands of North Carolinians, it remains clear that there is a high level of interest and desire to embrace all of the benefits that are derived from walking and bicycling. The vision and goals for WalkBikeNC have been shaped by this input, which also reflect the foundation established by NCDOT to improve the quality of transportation for all North Carolinians.”

A Look at Our Past

It all started in 1974 when the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the Bicycle and Bikeway Act that established what was then known as the North Carolina Bicycle and Bikeway Program. The name was eventually shortened to North Carolina Bicycle Program. In 1997, it became a full-fledged division within NCDOT and named the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.