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This Week at NCDOT: Ferry System Anniversary and Bicycle Law Changes

Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.

Ferry System Celebrating 70 Years

The North Carolina Ferry System is celebrating its 70th anniversary this summer! As part of its anniversary festivities, the division is offering a rare look behind the scenes at its Manns Harbor shipyard. Guests are also hearing details of the ferry system's future plans including brand new passenger ferry service directly between Hatteras and Ocracoke villages starting in 2018. All the fun facts about our ferries are available online at

Bicycle Law Changes

Key Bicycle Law Changes Under House Bill 959 are now in effect. Drivers must follow these rules to lawfully pass a bicycle or moped in a no passing area:

  • You can only pass a bicycle or moped,
  • The bicycle or moped must be headed in the same direction as the vehicle,
  • The driver must provide at least four feet between themselves and the bicycle/moped or fully enter the left lane,
  • Don't pass when the bicycle or moped is signaling a left turn.

At night, bicycle riders must have:

  • A lighted lamp on the bicycle's front visible from at least 300 feet,
  • A red light on the back of the bicycle,
  • Or wear reflective clothing/vest visible from 300 feet.

For the complete law visit

For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on


2/19/2018 7:46 AM