“To help facilitate the education and awareness of practical bicycle and pedestrian safety to drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and all those who live or visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina in a positive and proactive manner.”
Foundation of the Coalition:
This group came about after several accidents across the Outer Banks. The coalition was founded in January of 2013 and its members stretch from Corolla to Hatteras including several town officials, many law enforcement officers from several towns, local citizens, and many business leaders from major employers throughout the Outer Banks.
Since then, the coalition has forged a strong relationship with NC Department of Transportation to bring components of the “Watch for Me.” Campaign here to the OBX in a pilot program of education and awareness. The Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition has also worked closely with Dare County in creating a training and awareness videos used by many employee packets that are distributed in packets in the spring to local businesses interested in providing safety packets to seasonal and year round staff.
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The coalition runs media blitzes on Max of the Carolina’s radio many stations with education PSA’s from coalition members to create awareness and promote safe practices in the Outer Banks.
The coalition also has a strong community presence at many events throughout the year distributing bicycle lights to promote safety at night, bicycle helmets, and education and safety training materials. We have worked the Safe Routes Walk to School events and Bike to School events, School education events such as Food Lion Family Math nights, Outer Banks Marathon and Expo events, St Patty’s Day Parade, many local business celebration events throughout the year.
Also the coalition has been invited to speak at local chamber events, local rotary club meetings, Dare County schools classes, business hiring and orientation meetings, and many other meetings throughout the year to spread the message of bicycle and pedestrian safety. We partner with ISOP (International Student Outreach Program) to teach safety practices to incoming foreign exchange students that work during the summer months within the Outer Banks. The coalition provides training materials, and bicycle lights in the welcome kits provided to students.
The coalition is also proud to work with municipalities to promote intergovernmental and public/private cooperation on cycling and pedestrian matters within the Outer Banks of NC. The coalition has submitted improvement requests and worked closely with NCDOT to help improve safety on our roads.
Nags Head Pedestrian Plan Draft
Come join us and be part of a dynamic and well respected group here in the Outer Banks. Currently our coalition is being looked at by NCDOT and the Governor’s office to role model to many other communities within the state of North Carolina because of the outstanding work this group of professionals has accomplished since its inception.
Did you know on the Outer Banks?
Approximately 85 percent of bicycle and pedestrian crashes were crossing crashes involving a bicycle or pedestrian crossing US 158, a side street, or a driveway. The following breaks down the location of the bicycle or pedestrian during a “crossing crash” along the study corridor:
Approximately 29% involved in crossing a side street (both signalized and un-signalized intersections.)
Approximately 27% involved crossing US 158 at an uncontrolled location.
Approximately 24% involved crossing US 158 at a signalized location.
Approximately 20% involved crossing a driveway.
Although in the Outer Banks bicycle and pedestrian involved crashes only represented 3% of total crashes, they accounted for 67% of fatal injury crashes.
Bicycle Rodeo at Nags Head Elementary School
Flying Pirate Expo
Tips to get there Safely!
Use bike paths and sidewalks to your destination when possible.
Avoid US 158 except where multi-use path is located
Never use the center lane of US 158 to travel or stand.
Cross at intersections with traffic lights and crosswalks
Use lights and reflectors at night.
Anyone under age of 16 is required to wear a helmet.
Be aware and make safe decisions at all times on the road.
Bicyclists ride with the flow of traffic
Pedestrians walk against the flow of traffic.
Thanks for your support of the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety coalition!