We all share the responsibility to make sure North Carolina roads are safe for everyone, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Safe places to walk and bike are important for supporting active, vibrant communities.
The Lighten Up campaign hopes to encourage Triangle residents to learn more about how to be a safer driver, bicyclist, and pedestrian, and ultimately, make the streets of North Carolina a safe (and bright!) place for everyone.
This year, under NC House Bill 959, two bicycle laws were altered. The first being the requirement of a front and rear light – or a reflective vest or clothing that is visible from at least 300 feet to the rear. This law goes into effect on December 1, 2016.
The second law says that drivers can pass bicycles in no-passing zones if the motorist gives a berth of at least 4 feet and if the cyclist is not making a left turn. This went into effect on October 1, 2016.
In addition to following NC bike laws, be sure to learn proper hand signals and always be aware of your surroundings. More information can be found at gotriangle.org/lightenup, and by following us on a: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.