Government Funding to Help Reduce Risk of Bicycle and Pedestrian Injuries in North Carolina

Our Winston-Salem personal injury attorneys frequently report about the dangers of pedestrian accidents in our state.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently announced that 15 municipalities throughout the state will receive in total $343,550 in grants to be used towards reducing the number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in North Carolina.

We posted previously on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog that very little federal funding is spent on improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety in North Carolina each year. Considering how important exercise is to improving our healthy lifestyle, it is good to know that some cities will be benefiting from funds granted towards improving safety for walkers and bikers.

Representatives from rural and metropolitan planning organizations and councils of government formed a committee and reviewed 23 applications that were submitted to request funding. Transportation planners selected 15 municipalities from both large urban areas and small rural towns throughout western, central and eastern regions of the state to receive the grant. The following municipalities will receive funding from a joint sponsorship by North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and NCDOT’s Transportation Planning Branch:

-$28,000 to Atlantic Beach
-$24,500 to Belmont-$15,000 to Clyde
-$20,000 to Elizabethtown
-$31,500 to Kings Mountain
-$28,000 to Knightdale
-$15,000 to Marshall
-$22,050 to Mount Airy
-$20,000 to Oak Ridge
-$24,000 to Oxford
-$15,000 to Pilot Mountain
-$28,000 to Rolesville
-$24,500 to Sanford
-$28,000 to Washington
-$20,000 to Wingate

The planning process will begin this fall for each of these municipalities in which improving bicycle and pedestrian safety will be the goal and priority of each project initiated.

Transportation of America reports that 47,000 people died and 688,000 were injured from 2000-2009 in pedestrian accidents.

More than 1,600 people were killed in North Carolina while walking during this same time period. North Carolina ranked 11th in the country in overall Pedestrian Danger Index.

North Carolina cities and the percentage of traffic fatalities by pedestrians in 2008-2009:

  • Winston-Salem — 11.5 percent
  • Charlotte/Gastonia/Concord — 11.4 percent
  • Greensboro/High Point — 10.3 percent
  • Asheville — 9.6 percent

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 2 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2009 were bicyclists. Of the 630 bicyclist fatalities in 2009, North Carolina averaged over 1 death a month or 16 cyclist fatalities reported for the year.

Summer safety tips for pedestrians and bicyclists:
-Stay away from high volume traffic roadways like interstates at rush hour.
-Never walk or bicycle across a street where motorists don’t expect to see you.
-Remain visible by wearing bright clothing.
-Prevent walking or riding at night at all costs.
-Always inform someone where you are going and what time you think you will return.

Severe injuries can be sustained in bicycle and pedestrian accidents that can lead to substantial financial difficulties. If you have been injured in an accident in North Carolina, contact the personal injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights at 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Raleigh-Cary Ranks Sixth in Nation for Fatal Pedestrian Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 7, 2011

Youth Safety Programs Aimed at Reducing Winston-Salem Car Accidents Involving Child Pedestrians or Bicyclists, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, May 19, 2011

Ride of Silence to Honor Victims of Bicycle Accidents in North Carolina and Elsewhere, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, May 25, 2011

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