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.
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: