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Bicycling is a fun, eco-friendly way to travel and exercise.

Traveling by bicycle alleviates stress, improves heart health, reduces carbon emissions, and improves mental health.

Safety

In 2019, 18 people were killed and another 62 were seriously injured while biking on North Carolina roads (NCDOT).

Physical separation from motor traffic is best.

Bicycle infrastructure, including protected bike lanes, separated paths, and greenways, provides the best protection for people traveling by bicycle.

An analysis by NACTO found that adding more bike lanes leads to an increase in people biking and a lower risk of cyclists being killed or seriously injured while riding.

Bicycles are vehicles. 

North Carolina law states that bicyclists are drivers of vehicles and may use the full lane.


The safest way to pass a bicyclist is to change lanes when traffic is clear.

 

Community Benefits

Active transportation infrastructure also benefits the community and local economy. One analysis of shared use paths (also known as “greenways”) in North Carolina found that they provide substantial economic benefits to the surrounding community. These benefits include:

  • $19.4 million in business output
  • $25.7 million saved from the increase in physical activity and reduction in congestion, traffic injuries,  and air pollution

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For more bicycle videos, visit the NC Vision Zero YouTube Playlist.

 

 

Quick Facts
North Carolina Bicycle laws
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Bicyclists riding at night must have an active, white front light (visible from at least 300 ft) and a rear red light (visible from 300 ft) or reflective clothing.
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Bicyclists must ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as other traffic.
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Every person under 16 years old must wear an approved bicycle helmet when operating a bicycle on any public road, public bicycle path, or other public right-of-way.
Bicycles are vehicles and are allowed to travel on all roads except highways.
Drivers must leave at least two feet of space when passing a person on a bicycle.
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