The N.C. Department of Transportation will partner with various communities from the mountains to the coast in 2015 as part of Watch for Me NC, the statewide pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign. The Watch for Me NC campaign is a comprehensive approach to reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina.
Boone and the Boone Police Department will participate in the program again this year. Boone Police remind motorists and bikers that they will be increasing enforcement efforts for bicycle violations and violations occurring in pedestrian crosswalks.
• It is a violation of Town Ordinance to not wear a helmet while riding in the city limits, including the Greenway Trails;
• Town ordinance also forbids bikes, or skateboards, to be ridden on sidewalks;
• Pedestrians must obey crosswalk signal devices;
• Drivers must stop at a steady red signal at a pedestrian crosswalk and come to a complete stop when the red light is flashing. Once stopped, drivers may proceed, when the red light is flashing, when it is safe to do so.
NCDOT received applications earlier this year from areas interested in implementing Watch for Me NC programs in their own communities. The Department has selected the following new partners:
Granville County (including Butner, Creedmoor and Oxford)
Several existing partners from previous years will continue to work with Watch for Me NC:
Boone/Appalachian State University
Chapel Hill/UNC Chapel Hill
Dare County – Outer Banks communities
Durham/Duke/N.C. Central University
Greensboro/UNC-G and NCA&T
Greenville/ Pitt County
Raleigh/N.C. State University
As campaign partners, these communities will receive printed materials and media advertisements to help improve public awareness. Partner communities will also participate in specialized police officer enforcement training. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center will continue to provide technical support with campaign implementation.