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4/24/2017: Watch for Me NC Announces 2017 Partners

Watch for Me NC Announces 2017 Partners

Posted 4/24/2017 8:46:49 AM

RALEIGH – Eight communities will soon benefit from participation in Watch for Me NC, a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety program aimed at reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina. “We are thrilled to welcome our new community partners and the ideas they share to advance safety for all road users,” said Ed Johnson, acting director of the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. “The Watch for Me NC program continues to grow and serves as a model for other cities and states across the nation.” The program leverages the strengths of law enforcement and public education to encourage safe and secure places to walk and bike. The N.C. Department of Transportation selected the following new partners to join 24 returning communities across the state:  Burgaw (Pender County) Oak Island (Brunswick County) Pine Knoll Shores (Carteret County) Elizabeth City (Pasquotank County) Newton (Catawba County) North Wilkesboro (Wilkes County) Cornelius (Mecklenburg County) Elon University (Alamance County) The program provides training for law enforcement officers on methods for improving safety for road users in their areas. Communities will also receive technical assistance, materials, and purchased media promotion such as billboards to help raise public awareness about important pedestrian and bicycle safety issues. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center provides technical support with campaign implementation and evaluation. For more information about the program, visit: www.watchformenc.org. To learn what past communities have done to improve safety, visit: http://www.watchformenc.org/about/partner-community-profiles/.
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10/28/2016: Watch for Me NC Offers Tips for Halloween Safety

Watch for Me NC Offers Tips for Halloween Safety

Posted 10/28/2016 1:52:48 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC pedestrian and bicycle safety program, urges parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters to be safe this Halloween. More than 2,200 pedestrians are injured or killed in collisions with motor vehicles in North Carolina each year, and more than a third of those collisions occur in the evening or at night. With thousands of children expected to be parading the streets on Oct. 31, the Watch for Me NC program offers these tips to help make Halloween safer and more enjoyable: For Parents Before children begin their trick-or-treat rounds, parents should: Plan and discuss a safe route trick-or-treaters intend to follow and establish a return time. Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along the established route. Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12. Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars. Let children know that they should stay together as a group if going out to trick-or-treat without an adult. Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules. For Trick-Or-Treaters To have a safe trick-or-treating adventure, trick-or-treaters should: Stay in familiar neighborhoods along the established route and stop only at familiar houses unless accompanied by an adult. Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic. Cross streets at crosswalks when available. Look both ways before crossing streets and cross when the lights tell you to cross, after you check for cars in all directions. Carry a flashlight, wear clothing with reflective markings or tape, and stay in well-lit areas. Wear a watch you can read in the dark. Don't cut across yards or driveways. For Motorists Motorists should be especially alert on Halloween and should: Drive slowly through residential streets and areas where pedestrians trick-or-treating could be expected. Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. The mission of Watch for Me NC aligns with Governor Pat McCrory’s NC Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate all traffic-related injuries and fatalities through coordinated efforts with public and private partners in traffic safety. Thousands of North Carolinians have taken the pledge to practice safe driving habits. Join them and find out more at NCVisionZero.org. The Watch for Me NC program is a collaborative effort to reduce pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes through enhanced education and enforcement of safety laws. The program, which is being coordinated by a group of partners, including the N.C. Department of Transportation, UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and many local communities, consists of pedestrian, bicycle and driver-focused safety messages as well as concerted efforts by area police to enforce relevant laws. To learn more about the program, visit watchformenc.org. ***NCDOT***  
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6/3/2016: Summer Cycling Safety in North Carolina

Summer Cycling Safety in North Carolina

Posted 6/3/2016 10:02:20 AM

RALEIGH – A summertime bike ride is a great chance to get outside and enjoy North Carolina’s beautiful scenery. As part of Governor Pat McCrory’s 25-Year Vision to enhance travel safety and better connect North Carolinians to recreation opportunities, the state is working to make sure that cyclists can ride safely this summer. N.C. Transportation’s website features information and safety resources for cyclists. The website recently added a series of educational videos created in partnership with BikeWalk NC. Each video contains important tips for safe cycling. Because the warm weather means more cyclists on the road, motorists should also do their part to keep the streets safe. N.C. Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division offers information to help motorists better understand how to share the road with bicycles, which are considered vehicles in North Carolina. For more information, visit Watch for Me NC, North Carolina’s statewide bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign. Cyclists and motorists can also now submit specific concerns about roadway safety directly to the N.C. Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Division. This information can be shared with law enforcement and cycling organizations to help improve safety on North Carolina roadways. Crash and injury reports should still be reported directly to local law enforcement. Visit the Bicycle and Pedestrian Division website for more information about these and other bicycle safety initiatives. ***NCDOT***
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6/8/2015: NCDOT Announces Cycling Photo Contest Winners

NCDOT Announces Cycling Photo Contest Winners

Posted 6/8/2015 4:25:44 PM

Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation celebrated National Bike Month in May by encouraging North Carolinians to get outside and enjoying the vast amount of cycling activities that North Carolina has to offer.    Among those activities was NCDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division's cycling photo contest.   NCDOT chose the four winning photos (pictured below) based upon their content and focus on cycling in North Carolina.   The winners, which represent different aspects of cycling and show how North Carolinians celebrate Bike Month, are: Mike Thomas, who took a photo of a wounded veteran at Fort Bragg out for a ride.   Ken Tippette, who snapped a picture on River Siloam Road during a multi-day bicycle tour near Pilot Mountain in Surry County.   Holly White, who shared a photo of the Outer Banks Silver Riders accompanying Nags Head Elementary School students to school on Bike to School Day on May 6.   Scott Yamanashi, who submitted a photo of the Plaza-Midwood Tuesday Night Ride, a group of cyclists of varying experience, who meet weekly. To view the winning photos click here.   The winning photos were among dozens of entries. Winners received a custom bike jersey along with other safety materials.  
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10/31/2012: NCDOT Offers Halloween Safety Tips From Watch for Me NC Campaign

NCDOT Offers Halloween Safety Tips From Watch for Me NC Campaign

Posted 10/31/2012 3:49:04 PM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC pedestrian safety campaign, urges parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters to be safe this Halloween. More than 2,200 people are injured or killed in collisions with motor vehicles in North Carolina each year, and more than a third of those collisions occur in the evening or at night. With thousands of children expected to be parading the streets on Oct. 31, the Watch for Me campaign is offering these safety tips to help make this year’s Halloween safer and more enjoyable: For Parents Before children start out on their trick-or-treat rounds, parents should: Plan and discuss a safe route trick-or-treaters intend to follow and establish a return time. Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along the established route. Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12. Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars. Let children know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult. Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules. For Trick-Or-Treaters To have a safe Trick-or-Treating adventure, trick-or-treaters should: Stay in familiar neighborhoods along the established route and stop only at familiar houses unless accompanied by an adult. Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic. Cross streets at crosswalks when available. Look both ways before crossing streets and cross when the lights tell you to cross, after you check for cars in all directions. Carry a flashlight, wear clothing with reflective markings or tape, and stay in well lit areas. Wear a watch you can read in the dark. Don't cut across yards or driveways. For Motorists Motorists should be especially alert on Halloween and should: Drive slowly through residential streets and areas where pedestrians trick-or-treating could be expected. Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. About Watch for Me NC The Watch for Me NC campaign is a collaborative effort to reduce pedestrian crashes through enhanced education and enforcement of pedestrian safety laws. The campaign, which is being coordinated by a group of partners, including the North Carolina Department of Transportation, UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NCSU, area universities, and planning, engineering, transportation, and police departments in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, consists of pedestrian and driver-focused safety messages as well as concerted efforts by area police to enforce pedestrian laws. ***NCDOT***
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