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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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10/5/2016: North Carolina Celebrates 20th Walk to School Day

North Carolina Celebrates 20th Walk to School Day

Posted 10/5/2016 11:51:04 AM

RALEIGH – Secretary of Transportation Nick Tennyson joined students and their families at Conn Magnet Elementary School of Entrepreneurial Design for North Carolina’s 20th annual Walk to School Day. Expanding bicycle and pedestrian networks is one of the priorities outlined in Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina. “Governor McCrory and I understand the importance of doing everything possible to ensure that our kids make it safely to school every day,” said Secretary Tennyson. “Walk to School Day reinforces the importance of creating a safe transportation environment for walking and bicycling, and it provides an opportunity for families to connect with their neighborhood and community.” This event was one of more than 200 celebrations taking place at schools and communities across the state, setting a new record for participation. Last year, more than 5,000 schools in the U.S. participated in Walk to School Day. While North Carolina is the ninth most populous state, it currently ranks third in the nation for the number of registered Walk to School Day events. "We are inspired by the success of Walk to School Day,” said Ed Johnson, acting director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. “The magnitude of support for this event shows how much communities across North Carolina value providing students with safe and active options for the trip to school.” The state supports more than 5,000 miles of planned bike and pedestrian routes. Improving safety on those routes is a top concern, as 13 percent of all traffic fatalities involve pedestrians and bicyclists. The growing popularity of Walk to School Day in the state is due in large part to Active Routes to School, a partnership project between the N.C. Department of Transportation and the N.C. Division of Public Health.  Ten regional Active Routes to School coordinators are working to make it easier for elementary and middle school students around the state to safely walk and bike, both to and at school. Walk to School Day events will be held nationwide throughout the month of October. To view names and locations of registered North Carolina schools participating in this year’s event, visit walkbiketoschool.org/register. Photos from today’s event are available on the department’s Flickr page.   ***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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3/30/2016: UPDATE: Operation CARS Bicycle Ride Postponed

UPDATE: Operation CARS Bicycle Ride Postponed

Posted 3/30/2016 9:56:14 AM

what: Operation CARS Ride when: TBD; April 3 Ride Postponed where: Wakefield Commons, Raleigh, N.C. details: Bicycling clubs and enthusiasts from across the state will gather for a Capital Area Ride for Safety (CARS) to raise awareness for bicycle safety in honor of the four cyclists injured in a car crash in Johnston County on Feb. 20. Hundreds of riders are expected to participate in the 28.5-mile ride. Bicycle safety is a critical issue in North Carolina: each year, an average of 19 bicyclists are killed and 664 hit in reported roadway crashes. The N.C. Department of Transportation works with cycling organizations and local governments to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety through its Watch for Me NC campaign. CARS event organizers stress that, when passing cyclists, motorists should: Slow down; Wait for a clear break in oncoming traffic; and Change lanes to pass. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can find additional safety tips on the Watch for Me NC website. For more information about the ride, visit the event page or contact BikeWalk NC.     ***NCDOT***
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3/17/2016: NCDOT Announces 2016 Watch for Me NC Partners

NCDOT Announces 2016 Watch for Me NC Partners

Posted 3/17/2016 3:59:41 PM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will partner with communities from the mountains to the coast in 2016 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. NCDOT received applications from areas interested in implementing Watch for Me NC programs in their communities and selected the following new partners: Brevard/Transylvania County Kannapolis Morganton Many existing partners from previous years will also continue to work with Watch for Me NC: Apex Asheville Boone Carrboro Cary Chapel Hill Charlotte Corolla Dare County (Outer Banks communities) Davidson Durham Fuquay-Varina Garner Granville County Greensboro Greenville Jacksonville Marion Murphy New Bern New Hanover County Raleigh As campaign partners, these communities will receive printed materials and media advertisements to help improve public awareness for bicycle and pedestrian safety. Partner communities will also participate in specialized police officer training. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center will continue to provide technical support with campaign implementation. For more information about the campaign, visit the Watch for Me NC website.
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