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5/28/2014: Watch for Me NC Announces 2014 Partners

Watch for Me NC Announces 2014 Partners

Posted 5/28/2014 11:10:39 AM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will partner with various communities from the mountains to the coast in 2014 to spread the Watch for Me NC campaign’s message of pedestrian and bicycle safety. The department received applications earlier this year from areas interested in implementing Watch for Me NC in their own communities. A committee narrowed down the applicant pool, and announced the new partners today. The partners include agencies and organizations within the following counties: ·         Chowan County/Edenton ·         Craven County/New Bern ·         Dare County/ Outer Banks communities ·         Greensboro/UNC-G and NCA&T ·         Jackson County/Sylva/Western Carolina University ·         New Hanover County/Wilmington/UNC-W ·         Pitt County/Greenville ·         Stokes County/Danbury ·         Watauga County/Boone/Appalachian State University Several existing partners from previous years will continue to work with Watch for Me NC: ·         Chapel Hill/Carrboro/UNC-Chapel Hill ·         Durham/Duke/N.C. Central University ·         Raleigh/N.C. State University ·         Cary As campaign partners, these communities will receive assistance with printed and multi-media materials and police officer enforcement training. Additionally, the Highway Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill will provide technical support with campaign implementation. The Watch for Me NC campaign is a comprehensive approach to reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina. The campaign uses multi-media strategies to educate motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, and provides resources to law enforcement efforts. ***NCDOT***
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5/5/2014: North Carolina Celebrates National Bike to School Day

North Carolina Celebrates National Bike to School Day

Posted 5/5/2014 3:08:42 PM

Raleigh – Students and parents across North Carolina will be strapping on their helmets and backpacks and pedaling their way to school on Wed., May 7, in celebration of the third annual National Bike to School Day. Schools, cities, bicycle groups, public organizations and parents alike are organizing bike rides and bike trains to school to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school. Thirty-seven schools across North Carolina, from Winston-Salem to Nags Head, have registered for the third annual event. The total number of events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout May, which is National Bike Month. More than 1,700 schools across the country participated in last year’s event. "Bicycling to school is a fun way to include physical activity into the daily routine and help prepare kids for a day of learning,” said Lauren A. Blackburn, director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. "Events like this are great examples of partners at the state and local level working together to help kids and families develop healthy habits. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the N.C. Division of Public Health work together to support walking and biking to school through Active Routes to School. Active Routes to School is a North Carolina Safe Routes to School project encouraging safe and active travel to and from school by promoting a safe, appealing environment for walking and biking. National Bike to School Day is coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and joins the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May. Bike to School Day gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day. The national event is part of the movement for year-round safe routes to school and encourages bicycling to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute. Schools parents and community members can register their Bike to School Day event through the end of May at www.walkbiketoschool.org ***NCDOT***
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4/30/2014: May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month

Posted 4/30/2014 9:43:58 AM

RALEIGH - May is National Bicycle Month – a time when people across North Carolina and the rest of the nation celebrate the joy of two-wheeled transportation. Some of the highlights of Bike Month include: Bike to School Day (May 7) Bike to Work Week (May 12-16) Bike to Work Day (May 16) Ride of Silence (May 21) There are a multitude of Bike Month events taking place in North Carolina, including rides, clinics, demonstrations and more. Click on the links below to find information on events in your area. Charlotte Triangle Triad Asheville Wilmington For more info about cycling in North Carolina, visit ncdot.gov/bikeped. ***NCDOT***
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2/5/2014: NCDOT Expands Watch for Me NC Safety Campaign

NCDOT Expands Watch for Me NC Safety Campaign

Posted 2/5/2014 4:21:39 PM

RALEIGH – Beginning in March 2014, the N.C. Department of Transportation will accept applications from communities interested in participating in the 2014 statewide Watch for Me NC campaign, a comprehensive education and enforcement program aimed at reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists hit and injured in crashes with vehicles.   In order to apply for this opportunity, communities must attend a webinar. There will be two opportunities to attend – Wednesday, Feb. 12 or Thursday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. Register for the webinar online.     The webinar will include information on the program and application process, as well as opportunities to ask NCDOT staff questions about Watch for Me NC.   Campaign partners are eligible to receive law enforcement training and educational materials to encourage safer bicycling and walking.   Agencies eligible to apply for the program include local governments, colleges, and universities with police departments involved in traffic safety operations. Non-profits, advocacy groups and citizen groups are not eligible to apply on their own, but are encouraged to provide support to an eligible agency.   Applications will be made available online Feb. 12, and will be accepted until April 17. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2014, and will begin to work with NCDOT on the Watch for Me NC campaign.   For more information, contact Helen Chaney, NCDOT Transportation Planner in the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, at hmchaney@ncdot.gov.   ***NCDOT***
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11/27/2013: NCDOT Offers Holiday Shopping Safety Tips from Watch for Me NC Campaign

NCDOT Offers Holiday Shopping Safety Tips from Watch for Me NC Campaign

Posted 11/27/2013 3:05:48 PM

RALEIGH – The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here, which will make for packed parking lots at stores across the state. The N.C. Department of Transportation encourages those navigating the crowds this holiday season to use extra caution when cruising around and backing in and out parking spaces, since one out of three pedestrian crashes occur in parking lots.     Through its Watch for Me NC campaign, NCDOT offers drivers and pedestrians these safety tips to ensure a safe and joyous holiday season:   For motorists: Before backing out, be sure to look in all directions for pedestrians. Drive slowly through parking lots as pedestrians and children can dart out from between cars. Be sure you have clear sight lines out of your cars and that no packages are blocking your view. Put away your cell phone and stay focused on driving safely. Never assume pedestrians can see you. For pedestrians: Put away your cell phone and take out any headphones to make sure you are not distracted. Keep an eye out for cars pulling out of parking spaces. Brake lights are a good sign a car is about to back up. Be sure to look both ways before stepping in to the parking lot for cars. Do not run or dart out in to the parking lot.   ***NCDOT***
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