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2/9/2015: NCDOT Launches New WalkBikeNC Website Featuring Online Mapping Tool for State Bike Routes

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

Posted 2/9/2015 9:32:50 AM

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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1/27/2015: NCDOT Seeks New Partners for 2015 Watch for Me NC Campaign

NCDOT Seeks New Partners for 2015 Watch for Me NC Campaign

Posted 1/27/2015 10:41:53 AM

RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation is now accepting applications from communitiesinterested in participating in the Watch for Me NC campaign. Watch for Me NC is a nationally-recognized bicycle and pedestrian safety, education, and enforcement program. The campaign follows a comprehensive and data-driven approach to increasing public awareness and expanding local law enforcement capacity to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety. The campaign is led by local partners with technical support and safety materials provided by NCDOT and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Watch for Me NC expanded into a statewide campaign in 2014 after a successful pilot program in the Triangle region in 2012-2013. The 2015 campaign is supported by the NCDOT Governor’s Highway Safety Program. The campaign, now in its fourth year, is seeking new partner communities in North Carolina as part of an effort to expand statewide. Communities interested in joining the campaign can learn more about the program or can download an application at www.watchformenc.org/about/participate. Applications will be due on March 27, 2015. Selected partners receive free law enforcement training and safety materials to support their local efforts. Safety materials include bicycle lights, reflective arm bands, bumper stickers and banners. The campaign also educates the public through paid advertising such as billboards and radio public service announcements. Applicants must demonstrate support from local law enforcement agencies such as local government and campus police and are encouraged to work with other partners in their region. NCDOT also is hosting two applicant webinars in February to better inform communities about the campaign and what it requires of partner communities. To register for a webinar (which both cover the same information), go to: ·         10 am, February 12: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2362626551695172865 ·         1 pm, February 24: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/747208675066347265 Prior Watch for Me NC partners are encouraged to continue involvement in 2015. Those partners will have to submit an abbreviated application showing their commitment to meeting the full intent of the program and letter(s) of support from respective law enforcement agencies. “Watch for Me NC is a unique resource for communities interested in making measurable improvements to pedestrian and bicycle safety. The combination of expanded law enforcement, strategic public education, and popular safety items all contribute to its success,” says Lauren Blackburn, Director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.
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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 8:24:13 AM

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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