RALEIGH — The N.C.
Department of Transportation has released the first draft of the Walk
Bike NC statewide pedestrian and bicycle plan, which will guide future
investments to walking and bicycling in North Carolina.
The public is invited to review the plan online and submit comments
until April 30. “The statewide plan for walking and cycling demonstrates
collaboration as we establish a vision for the state, connecting residents from
the mountains to the sea. I look forward to making this plan a reality,” said
Transportation Secretary Tony Tata.
The plan was prepared through a unique partnership between
NCDOT, the state departments of Natural Resources, Commerce and Health and
Human Services, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Federal
Highways Administration, and private donors. Tens of thousands of residents,
employers and experts submitted input as part of a public involvement process
this past fall.
The plan identifies current conditions, goals and action
strategies related to five main pillars – mobility, economics, safety, health
“A statewide plan is necessary to identify partners in
implementation, develop a funding strategy for addressing need, and create
innovative ways to effectively deliver transportation benefit to pedestrians
and bicyclists in North Carolina,” said Bicycle and Pedestrian Division
Director Lauren Blackburn.
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