RALEIGH -Students at
schools in North Carolina communities from Candler to Winterville will join
others across the nation in participating in the second annual Bike to School Day on Wednesday,
The event, which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of bicycling
to school, builds on the excitement surrounding National Bike Month in May.
Nearly 950 schools across the country participated in the inaugural national
event in 2012, including 13 in North Carolina.
National Bike to School Day is based on the Walk to School Day model.
Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and
children together to build awareness for communities to be more walkable. The
one-day event has now grown to a month-long celebration every October. In 2012,
students and parents from more than 4,200 U.S. schools joined millions of Walk
to School Day and Month participants worldwide.
NCDOT offers the following safety tips for bicyclists:
Always wear a bicycle helmet;
Ride on the right-hand side of the road, in
the same direction as other vehicles;
Obey all traffic signs and signals;
Properly signal all movements and make sure
movements can be made safely;
Yield to drivers and pedestrians, as
When riding at dawn, dusk or night, use extra
caution. Be sure to use a headlight visible from a distance of 300 feet and a
red reflector visible at a distance of 200 feet, as well as wear reflective
NCDOT also urges motorists to follow these safety tips when
Keep a lookout for oncoming bicyclists when
turning left and wait for them to clear the intersection before completing your
After passing a bicyclist on your right, take
care not to cut them off by immediately turning right in front of them;
Slow down when passing a bicyclist to make
sure the rider is aware of your presence and leave plenty of room between your
vehicle and the bicyclist;
Stay alert for bicyclists who suddenly swerve
or turn in front of you; and
Yield to bicyclists, when appropriate, as you
would for other motor vehicles.