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2/4/2016: NCDOT Seeks New Partners for 2016 Watch for Me NC Campaign

NCDOT Seeks New Partners for 2016 Watch for Me NC Campaign

Posted 2/4/2016 9:05:49 AM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation is now accepting applications from communities interested in participating in the Watch for Me NC 2016 program.    Watch for Me NC is a nationally recognized bicycle and pedestrian safety, education, and enforcement program. It uses a comprehensive and data-driven approach to increase public awareness and expand local capacity to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.    The program is led by participating community coalitions, with technical support and safety materials provided by NCDOT and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Watch for Me NC expanded into a statewide campaign in 2014 after a successful 2012-2013 pilot program in the Triangle region. The 2016 campaign is supported by the NCDOT Governor’s Highway Safety Program in partnership with the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.       The program is seeking new communities in North Carolina looking to help address pedestrian and bicycle safety. Interested communities can learn more about the program or download an application on the Watch for Me NC website. Applications are due Feb. 23, 2016.       Communities selected to participate will receive free law enforcement training, technical assistance and safety materials to support their local efforts. Safety materials include bicycle lights, reflective arm bands, bumper stickers, brochures, posters and banners that have pedestrian and bicycle safety messages. English and Spanish materials are available. Each community will also be eligible to receive advertising such as billboards, transit ads and public service announcements paid for by NCDOT. Applicants must demonstrate support from local law enforcement agencies such as local government and campus police and the capacity to participate fully in the program.     NCDOT will host a webinar for prospective applicants at 3 p.m. on Jan. 19 to better inform communities about the program, its requirements and the application process. Registration is available online. The webinar will also be recorded and posted to the Watch for Me NC website. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to view the webinar.   Past Watch for Me NC participants are encouraged to continue their involvement in 2016. Those communities must submit an abbreviated application showing their commitment to meeting the program’s full intent.   "Watch for Me NC is a unique resource for communities interested in making measurable improvements to pedestrian and bicycle safety,” said Lauren Blackburn, director of the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. “The combination of law enforcement, strategic public education, and material and technical support provided to local stakeholders all contribute to its success.”   
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10/30/2015: NCDOT Offers Halloween Safety Tips for Families and Motorists

NCDOT Offers Halloween Safety Tips for Families and Motorists

Posted 10/30/2015 8:49:51 AM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to make sure all North Carolinians have a fun and safe Halloween. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division’s Watch for Me NC safety program urges motorists as well as parents and trick-or-treaters to stay alert and use caution this Halloween. More than 2,200 pedestrians are injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions in North Carolina each year, and more than a third of those collisions occur in the evening or at night. With less daylight during this time of year and the popularity of dark-colored costumes, this spooky holiday can quickly turn dangerous.  As thousands of children parade the streets on Oct. 31, NCDOT is offering these safety tips to help make this year’s Halloween safer and more enjoyable: For Parents Before children head out on 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 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 Halloween 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 trick-or-treaters 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. About Watch for Me NC 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 NCDOT, 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 http://watchformenc.org/.
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8/3/2015: NCDOT Accepting Proposals for Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

NCDOT Accepting Proposals for Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants

Posted 8/3/2015 10:39:34 AM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting proposals from communities for the 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. The program provides funding for municipalities across the state to develop comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans. Smaller communities with populations of less than 5,000 can also apply to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans. The deadline for application, to be submitted electronically, is Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.  Award recipients will be notified by March 2016.  “These plans have a positive impact on the economy, health and safety; and are the first steps in laying the groundwork for future projects that promote options for bicycling and walking locally,” said Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Director Lauren Blackburn. This program is sponsored by the department’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and the Transportation Planning Branch.  Since 2004, nearly $4.5 million has been awarded through this program to 164 municipalities across the state.   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. Plans funded are not for one specific project, but represent a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given municipality. The plans address facilities, programs, policies and design guidelines that encourage safe walking and bicycling. For more information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative, contact Bryan Poole at (919) 707-2608 or bwpoole@ncdot.gov. ***NCDOT***
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7/22/2015: Bicycle Traffic Safety Work Group to Meet Aug. 7

Bicycle Traffic Safety Work Group to Meet Aug. 7

Posted 7/22/2015 3:09:03 PM

The NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation announces the inaugural meeting of a work group formed in compliance of House Bill 232 (Bicycle-Traffic Safety Study), enacted earlier this year. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 in Room 161 (DOT Traffic Engineering Conference Room) of the NCDOT Mobility and Safety offices, located at 750 N. Greenfield Parkway in Garner. Parking is available in the surface lot in front of the building. Questions should be directed to NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Division Director Lauren Blackburn at lablackburn2@ncdot.gov.
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6/8/2015: NCDOT Announces Cycling Photo Contest Winners

NCDOT Announces Cycling Photo Contest Winners

Posted 6/8/2015 4:48:50 PM

Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation celebrated National Bike Month in May by encouraging North Carolinians to get outside and enjoying the vast amount of cycling activities that North Carolina has to offer.  Among those activities was NCDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division's cycling photo contest. NCDOT chose the four winning photos (pictured below) based upon their content and focus on cycling in North Carolina. The winners, which represent different aspects of cycling and show how North Carolinians celebrate Bike Month, are: Mike Thomas, who took a photo of a wounded veteran at Fort Bragg out for a ride. Ken Tippette, who snapped a picture on River Siloam Road during a multi-day bicycle tour near Pilot Mountain in Surry County. Holly White, who shared a photo of the Outer Banks Silver Riders accompanying Nags Head Elementary School students to school on Bike to School Day on May 6. Scott Yamanashi, who submitted a photo of the Plaza-Midwood Tuesday Night Ride, a group of cyclists of varying experience, who meet weekly. To view the winning photos click here. The winning photos were among dozens of entries. Winners received a custom bike jersey along with other safety materials.
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