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Bicycling has grown in popularity across North Carolina, both as a recreational sport and a regular mode of transportation.


Many areas offer bike lanes and bike-friendly facilities to accommodate those traveling by two pedals. However, bicyclists are particularly vulnerable road users. It’s all of our responsibility to watch for each other.


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Did you know?

Wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85% and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88% (NCDOT).


Between 2008 and 2012, 70% of bicycle collisions in North Carolina occurred in urban areas (NCDOT).
Male bicyclists accounted for 85% of crashes involving bicyclists from 2008-2012 in NC (NCDOT).
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.
Biking groups in NC
Strong Enforcement Saves Lives
Plus court costs.
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