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5/4/2015: NCDOT Celebrates National Bike Month

NCDOT Celebrates National Bike Month

Posted 5/4/2015 9:48:37 AM

RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation is celebrating National Bike Month this month by encouraging North Carolinians to get outside and enjoying the vast amount of cycling activities that North Carolina has to offer. During the month of May, NCDOT is holding a cycling photo contest where participants can submit their best cycling photos in hopes of winning prizes being offered by the NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division. To learn more about the cycling photo contest please visit the contest webpage.NCDOT is encouraging communities to join Bike to School Day on May 6. Bike to School Day is a national event that gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day.NCDOT and NCDHHS have created a new Active Routes to School video. The video describes various local efforts to improve safe access to physical activity to and at schools in the state. “We are excited about the release of this video as it highlights the Active Routes to School project and our collaborative efforts between NCDOT and NCDHHS.  We continue to be so inspired by all of the activities and awareness raising that is occurring throughout the state, especially in preparation for Bike to School Day” said Ed Johnson, Assistant Director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. NCDOT is encouraging cyclists across the state to send in additional information about cycling events occurring throughout the state during the month of May on the Walk Bike NC website. The Walk Bike NC website will feature a calendar of cycling events occurring across the state but we need your submissions in order to fill in the calendar. Please send in your event submissions here.NCDOT received the National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning from the American Planning Association on April 20. The award is given for Walk Bike NC (the statewide plan for pedestrian and bicycle transportation). The award was accepted on behalf of NCDOT during the national planning conference in Seattle. The award announcement is listed here. 
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4/20/2015: Watch for Me NC Announces 2015 Partners

Watch for Me NC Announces 2015 Partners

Posted 4/20/2015 9:21:11 AM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will partner with various communities from the mountains to the coast in 2015 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. The Department received applications earlier this year from areas interested in implementing Watch for Me NC programs in their own communities. The Department has selected the following new partners:  • Asheville • Charlotte  • Corolla • Davidson • Granville County (including Butner, Creedmoor and Oxford) • Jacksonville • Marion • Murphy  • Surf City Several existing partners from previous years will continue to work with Watch for Me NC: • Boone/Appalachian State University • Carrboro • Cary • Chapel Hill/UNC Chapel Hill • Dare County - Outer Banks communities • Durham/Duke/N.C. Central University • Greensboro/UNC-G • Greenville/ Pitt County • Raleigh/N.C. State University As campaign partners, these communities will receive printed materials and media advertisements to help improve public awareness. Partner communities will also participate in specialized police officer enforcement training. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center will continue to provide technical support with campaign implementation. 
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4/9/2015: National Bike to School Day 2015

National Bike to School Day 2015

Posted 4/9/2015 11:07:57 AM

RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation is encouraging communities to join Bike to School Day on May 6. Bike to School Day is a national event that gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day.  “Bike to School Day is a great way for friends and families to celebrate cycling” said NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division Director Lauren Blackburn. “Parents and kids should use low-traffic routes, wear helmets and follow all traffic laws when cycling to school.” 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. Although Bike to School Day is a one day event, it is leading to long term change. Students, parents and teachers are using Bike to School day to inspire transformation in their communities.   Events can include walking, bicycling or both and can be held on the school campus, on a specific route or use the route from home to school (where safely possible).  While National Bike to School Day is May 6, 2015, if that date doesn’t work for your school calendar, it’s fine to celebrate on a different day in May. Schools, parents and community members can now register their event at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/. All registered events appear on the official Who's Biking map, making it easy to show potential or existing partners and media where events will take place.  Registering a Bike to School Day event provides organizers access to a variety of downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges, classroom activities and a chance to win bikes, helmets, and other giveaways. **NCDOT**
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4/6/2015: NCDOT Awards 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

NCDOT Awards 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

Posted 4/6/2015 8:18:26 AM

RALEIGH- A group of 10 municipalities from across the state are slated to receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to grants awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Now in its twelfth year, the grant program helps North Carolina cities and towns develop a comprehensive overall strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given community.  The municipalities selected are scattered across various regions of the state.  Recipients were selected from a pool of 26 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: • Canton (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan)• Fairmont (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan)• Franklin (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan)• Hendersonville (bicycle plan)• High Point (pedestrian plan)• Lenoir (bicycle plan)• Newport (bicycle/pedestrian plan)• Rutherfordton (bicycle/pedestrian plan)• Wendell (pedestrian plan)• Windsor (bicycle/pedestrian plan) The planning grant initiative is jointly sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and NCDOT’s Transportation Planning Branch.  To date, approximately $4,332,000 has been awarded to 164 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 NCDOT’s Division of Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation or visit the Planning Grant Initiative website.  **NCDOT**
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2/9/2015: NCDOT Launches New Walk Bike NC Website Featuring Online Mapping Tool for State Bike Routes

NCDOT Launches New Walk Bike NC Website Featuring Online Mapping Tool for State Bike Routes

Posted 2/9/2015 2:04:37 PM

RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation has launched a new website for Walk Bike NC, a statewide plan for improving pedestrian and bicycle mobility. WalkBikeNC.com provides many features, including digital information from the plan and a new online mapping tool showcasing thousands of miles of signed bicycle routes in North Carolina. The website’s online map shows NCDOT-designated, on-road bicycle routes, first developed and signed in the 1970s and 1980s. In the past, route information had only been available via paper map order through the NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Division. WalkBikeNC.com allows cyclists to create turn-by-turn directions and check elevation profiles for the state’s bicycle routes. These online features will make bicycle tour planning easier for visitors and residents and compliment other online mapping services. NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Division Director Lauren Blackburn explains, “Our state’s cycling and walking routes and greenways are an economic asset. These networks connect visitors and residents to job centers, schools, open space, historic sites, small towns and other important destinations.” Walk Bike NC was adopted by NCDOT in 2013 and is built around five key pillars: mobility, safety, economy, health and environment. The plan provides tools and recommendations for making bicycle and pedestrian networks more accessible and safer. **NCDOT**
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