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NCDOT Looking for Public Input on Future of Walking and Biking in North Carolina; Share Your Ideas

Aug. 2, 2012. The N.C. Department of Transportation is in the process of developing a new statewide pedestrian and bicycle plan – and it is seeking the public’s help to craft a vision for the future of walking and biking in North Carolina.

The plan, which will be developed in collaboration with state agencies and regional, private and industry stakeholders, will examine how to create a safer pedestrian and bicycle network that also benefits the state’s economy, public health and environment.

When completed, the plan will be among the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation.

Share your thoughts and ideas related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation at the plan’s online community forum: www.walkbikenc.com.

About the Plan

Imagine – a community where your kids can walk or bike safely to school or a friend’s house, where your family can take an evening stroll on a greenway, where you can make a quick trip to the grocery store without getting in the car. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is working on a statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan intended to make that vision possible.

They’re asking for your input to create a plan that reflects the unique character and people of the state. What kind of bicycling and walking opportunities would you like to see in your area? How can we build the kinds of facilities that will benefit the health, safety and well-being of your family and community?

The North Carolina Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan (WalkBikeNC) will serve as a blueprint for better integration of walking and bicycling into the transportation system and everyday life. The plan will identify the routes connecting our residents to important destinations at the local, regional and statewide scale. The plan will also describe the best practices for pedestrian and bicycle design and ways to integrate technology into the use of these systems. The future of walking and bicycling in North Carolina will help protect natural habitats, improve public health, enhance transportation efficiency, improve safety and enhance economic growth.