RALEIGH – Eight communities will soon benefit from participation in Watch for Me NC, a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety program aimed at reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new community partners and the ideas they share to advance safety for all road users,” said Ed Johnson, acting director of the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. “The Watch for Me NC program continues to grow and serves as a model for other cities and states across the nation.”

The program leverages the strengths of law enforcement and public education to encourage safe and secure places to walk and bike. The N.C. Department of Transportation selected the following new partners to join 24 returning communities across the state:

Burgaw (Pender County)

Oak Island (Brunswick County)

Pine Knoll Shores (Carteret County)

Elizabeth City (Pasquotank County)

Newton (Catawba County)

North Wilkesboro (Wilkes County)

Cornelius (Mecklenburg County)

Elon University (Alamance County)

The program provides training for law enforcement officers on methods for improving safety for road users in their areas. Communities will also receive technical assistance, materials, and purchased media promotion such as billboards to help raise public awareness about important pedestrian and bicycle safety issues.

The UNC Highway Safety Research Center provides technical support with campaign implementation and evaluation. For more information about the program, visit: watchformenc.org. To learn what past communities have done to improve safety, visit: http://www.watchformenc.org/about/partner-community-profiles/.

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