Funds Distributed Statewide to Reduce Risks of Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

There have been nearly 15 municipalities across the state that have been chosen to receive monetary help with their pedestrian and bicycle planning. There were nearly $400,000 in grants awarded last month by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to help with these programs.

This is now the 9th year in a row in which the grant program has offered assistance to cities throughout the state to design and develop their own comprehensive strategies to help to make their areas more accessible and safer for both bicyclists and pedestrians.
Municipalities that were awarded funds are scattered across the central, western and eastern regions of the state. There were approximately 20 applications that the awards committee had from which to choose. These applications were from transportation planners from across the state, including councils of government, metropolitan planning organizations and municipalities.

Our pedestrian accident lawyers understand that these programs and these kinds of systems are very important when it comes to the safety of residents and visitors statewide. Bicycle and pedestrian programs are key in helping to ensure the safety of all travelers. The municipalities that have received some of the funds are now expected to start the planning process for their new programs this fall.

Which areas received some of these funds?

-Mount Holly: Nearly $32,000 in pedestrian funds.

-Gastonia: $39,000 in pedestrian funds.

-Boone: $45,000 for a bicycle plan.

-Siler City: Nearly $25,000 in pedestrian funds.

-Chapel Hill: $57,000 for a bicycle plan.

-Angier: $20,000 in pedestrian funds.

-Fuquay-Varina: Nearly $32,000 in pedestrian funds.

-Wrightsville Beach: Nearly $25,000 in pedestrian funds.

-Southport: Nearly $25,000 in pedestrian funds.

-Clinton: $22,000 for a bicycle plan.

-Trent Woods: nearly $25,000 in pedestrian funds.

-Duck: Nearly $25,000 in pedestrian funds.

The planning initiative and grant program has been sponsored by both the NCDOT’s Transportation Planning Branch and the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. Money for these funds has been allocated from a fund that was previously approved by the General Assembly back in 2003. Federal funds were also earmarked for these kinds of specific bicycle and pedestrian planning.

There has been nearly $4 million awarded to nearly 140 communities for this kind of planning since 2004.

During this time of the year, motorists are asked to be on the lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially in areas that don’t have the most ideal bicycle and pedestrian programs. Safe driving habits may be the key in helping to keep these vulnerable travelers safe on our streets. Keep an alert eye out when driving.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a pedestrian or bicycle accident in Asheville or in any of the nearby areas, contact the accident attorneys at Lee Law Offices P.A. for a free, no-obligation appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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