The Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT) is a comprehensive operation, touching all aspects of bicycling and walking; whether designing facilities, creating safety programs, mapping cross-state bicycle routes, training teachers, sponsoring workshops and conferences, fostering multi-modal planning or integrating bicycling and walking into the ongoing activities of the Department of Transportation.
Created in 1974 as a result of North Carolina bicycle program legislation (View the Bicycle and Bikeway Act) and expanded to encompass pedestrian activities in 1992 as a result of federal legislation, the DBPT is the oldest comprehensive state program of its kind in the United States.
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We strive to make bicycling and walking in North Carolina better, safer and more enjoyable. Consisting of planners, engineers, and support staff, DBPT works closely with other units of NCDOT and other state agencies as well as regional and municipal agencies throughout the state.
The guiding document for our mission and activities is our long-range plan, Bicycling and Walking in North Carolina: A Long-Range Transportation Plan (View the plan, November, 1996). After an introduction chapter, the plan includes chapters that describe in detail the History, Organization and Function of DBPT; Current Conditions; Goals and Focus Areas; and Actions and Opportunities.
It all started in 1974 when the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the Bicycle and Bikeway Act that established what was then known as the North Carolina Bicycle and Bikeway Program. The name was eventually shortened to North Carolina Bicycle Program. In 1997, it became a full-fledged division within NCDOT and named the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.