In response to the Bicycle & Bikeway Act of 1974
, the N.C. Department of Transportation established the North Carolina Bicycle Program – the first of its kind in the United Sates – to undertake comprehensive planning and programming for bicycle transportation.
The program expanded in 1992 to also focus on pedestrian accommodations.
Today, the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation:
- Integrates bicycle and pedestrian safety as well as mobility and accessibility into North Carolina's overall transportation system
- Maintains a network of more than 3,000 miles of state and regional bicycle routes
- Educates citizens of all ages through statewide safety campaigns, such as Watch for Me NC, and promotes biking and walking to and from school through Safe Routes to Schools