This Week at NCDOT: Bike to School Day and Red Poppies Friday, May 12, 2017

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.


Bike to School Day
This week, hundreds of students, parents, teachers and community leaders celebrated Bike to School Day across North Carolina, with the statewide event being held at Mount Airy Middle School.

This one-day event was part of a national effort to encourage more families to consider getting to school on bike or foot. Nearly 190 North Carolina schools registered to participate in Bike to School day, setting a new participation record. And while North Carolina is currently the ninth most populous state in the country, it ranks second in the number of registered bike to school day events.

Attendees were reminded about several important bicycle safety tips that all cyclists should follow:

  • Always wear a helmet…it could help save your life.
  • Obey traffic signals and signs, paying attention to all stop signs and red lights.
  • Use front and rear reflectors and wear reflective clothing to make sure you’re visible.

For bicyclist safety information and materials, visit watchformenc.org.

Red Poppies

Red poppies are blooming along North Carolina highways in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of our nation’s entry into World War I.

To help honor those who served, NCDOT’s Roadside Environmental unit planted an additional 70 acres of red poppies, an internationally recognized remembrance of sacrifice by our military veterans. The poppies are part of the U.S. World War I Commission’s nationwide efforts to raise awareness and give meaning to the events that took place 100 years ago.

“We want to honor those who have served and do it in a way that’s dignified as well as beautiful,” said Jerry Hester, a member of the U.S. World War One Commission. “People ask, ‘Why the poppies?’ It is to honor our servicemen and women, not only North Carolinians, but all over. We’ve had many international visitors who come and see these poppies and remark to us, ‘We’ve never seen anything like this in the world.’”

For more information on these stories visit NCDOT.gov.

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