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8/5/2016: State Issues Call for Bike and Pedestrian Grant Proposals

State Issues Call for Bike and Pedestrian Grant Proposals

Posted 8/5/2016 12:26:56 PM

Raleigh – The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting proposals from communities for the 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. The program provides funding for the development of comprehensive plans to provide facilities for biking, walking or a combination of both. “Since 2004, the state has awarded nearly $4.6 million through this program to 173 municipalities across the state,” said Ed Johnson, interim director of the department’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division. “We are proud that the program benefits cities and communities of all sizes.” Plans funded must represent a broad strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a community rather than a single project. Applications should address facilities, programs, policies and design guidelines that encourage safe walking and biking. Cities with populations below 5,000 can apply to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans.  Communities of any size may apply for the development of a corridor/area plan.  Counties with a population of less than 35,000 may apply on behalf of their cities or unincorporated areas for a bicycle or pedestrian plan.  The deadline for application is Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.  Award recipients will be notified by March 2017. Proposals are divided and judged in geographical groups to help establish equitable distribution of funding across the state. The selected awardees commonly incorporate a diverse mix of municipalities from large cities to small towns. For more information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative, contact Nick Scheuer at (919) 707-2608 or nrscheuer@ncdot.gov.
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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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3/15/2016: NCDOT Awards 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

NCDOT Awards 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

Posted 3/15/2016 3:59:59 PM

RALEIGH- A group of eight municipalities and one county from across the state will receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to grants awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Now in its thirteenth year, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant program helps North Carolina communities develop a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given community. Recipients were selected from a pool of 17 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:  Carolina Beach (pedestrian plan) Carthage (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan) Cramerton (bicycle plan) Currituck County (pedestrian plan) Fayetteville (pedestrian plan) Flat Rock (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan) Laurel Park (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan) Newton (pedestrian plan) Spindale (joint bicycle/pedestrian plan) The planning grant initiative is jointly sponsored by the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and the Transportation Planning Branch. To date, over $4 million has been awarded to 173 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 the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation or visit the Planning Grant Initiative website.  ***NCDOT***
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