A group of committed and concerned citizens from the Outer Banks of North Carolina interested in the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Did you know that 250,000 people visit the Outer Banks each week during our busy summer months? There are 37,000 year round residents that also call the OBX home. Each year the OBX has close to 2000 international students as seasonal employees. While this group is the smallest population in the Outer Banks during the summer months, they are involved in 31% of all bicycle and pedestrian accidents (This information is provided by NCDOT)
The most important Safety practices:
Be visible! The OBX does not have many street lights, and it gets very dark here at night. Your bicycle lights, your safety vests and not wearing dark clothing are extremely important for motorists to be able to see you.
A bicyclist is required to follow the same laws as motorists. You must ride your bicycle with traffic on the highway and follow the same laws as motor vehicles like stopping at stop signs and lights, signalling turns and yielding to traffic. Always ride with traffic, not against it. If a motorist hits a bicyclist riding against traffic, the motorist is not liable for the accident in this country.
As a pedestrian, you must always walk against traffic, and never in the road. Walk on the multi-use paths or on the shoulder of the road. Do not walk on the road.
Cross on the crosswalks! 75% of all the accidents that happen on the OBX are crossing accidents that could have been prevented if the crosswalks were used. The safest place to cross the road is at a stoplight.
When you are crossing the street, always watch the motorist's face. Distracted motorists are a major cause of accidents on the OBX.
NEVER run across US158 or stand in the middle lane. This is the most dangerous place and motorists may not see you standing there.
Lock your bicycle up. There are a lot of people that come here each week, and if you leave your bicycle unlocked, someone might take it. If you like it, lock it up.
Be smart, make good decisions and have a fun and safe visit here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina!