NCDOT Officials Challenge Residents: Step Out of the Vehicle!

North Carolinians have been challenged! Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are asking residents to get outside of their comfort zone and to get out of their vehicle.

Residents should try to bike, walk or take a bus to where they’ve got to go instead of driving. It’s the “WalkBikeNC Challenge” and it’s running through September and October. What it does is it encourages residents to walk, to ride a bike or a take a bus to where they’ve got to go and then it asks them to write about it on the NCDOT’s online forum. It’s all an effort to get residents’ perspective on travel in the state to help to make the necessary changes to ensure more safety and more efficient travel for all.

“By taking this challenge, you can also provide NCDOT with valuable feedback about using these kinds of transportation,” said Lauren Blackburn, Bicycle and Pedestrian Division Director.

And it’s a gorgeous time of year to be outside!

Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys understand the benefits that come with alternative transportation. Not only are you traveling toward a healthier lifestyle, but you’re helping to save the environment, to ease road congestion and to save some money at the pump. Unfortunately, these alternative forms of transportation also increase your risks of being seriously injured or killed in a traffic accident. These travelers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times as much as drivers need to keep an eye out for these vulnerable travelers. It’s a two-way street and we need cooperation from everyone!

Through the forum, there will be a new designated destination revealed each week. Once one of these destinations is revealed, participants are asked to travel through that location at some point during the two-month challenge and report on their experience. These submissions will be included in the final edition of the Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. Video and photos of participants’ travels are also welcome.

There are already residents who are submitting feedback. Some of the feedback is revealing the efficiency of this kind of transportation. One traveler says that he gets to work out and finish errands at the same time. Another says that he gets to save the environment, save money and lose weight at the same time. Overall, the reviews are very positive.

The Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan is part of the NCDOT’s plan to improve bicycling and walking across the state. The plan is big on community involvement, so this kind of feedback is central to deciding the overall vision and goals.

In 2009, there were more than 145 pedestrians and more than 15 bicyclists who were killed on our state’s roadways. This plan and these kinds of challenges work to bring these numbers down and to help make our state more easily traveled for everyone.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a traffic accident, call Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 today.

More Blog Entries:

Pedestrian Killed in Accident on Same Block as Husband’s Accident 8 Years Ago, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 18, 2012

New Bike-Sharing Program Raising Concerns of Bicycling Accidents in Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, July 23, 2012

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