To help facilitate the education and awareness of practical bicycle and pedestrian safety to drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and all those who live or visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina in a positive and proactive manner.
The Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition is a group of committed and concerned citizens from the Outer Banks of North Carolina interested in the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
The coalition was founded in January of 2013, after several collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists occurred across the Outer Banks. Its members stretch from Corolla to Hatteras including several town officials, many law enforcement officers from several towns, local citizens, and many business leaders from major employers throughout the Outer Banks.
Since then, the coalition has forged a strong relationship with NC Department of Transportation to bring components of the “Watch for Me.” Campaign here to the OBX in a pilot program of education and awareness. The Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition has also worked closely with Dare County in creating a training and awareness videos used by many employee packets that are distributed in packets in the spring to local businesses interested in providing safety packets to seasonal and year round staff.
The coalition also has a strong community presence at many events throughout the year distributing bicycle lights to promote safety at night, bicycle helmets, and education and safety training materials. We have worked the Safe Routes Walk to School events and Bike to School events, School education events such as Food Lion Family Math nights, Outer Banks Marathon and Expo events, St Patty’s Day Parade, many local business celebration events throughout the year.
Also the coalition has been invited to speak at local chamber events, local rotary club meetings, Dare County schools classes, business hiring and orientation meetings, and many other meetings throughout the year to spread the message of bicycle and pedestrian safety. We partner with ISOP (International Student Outreach Program) to teach safety practices to incoming foreign exchange students that work during the summer months within the Outer Banks. The coalition provides training materials, and bicycle lights in the welcome kits provided to students.
The coalition runs media blitzes on Max of the Carolina’s radio many stations with education PSA’s from coalition members to create awareness and promote safe practices in the Outer Banks.
The coalition is also proud to work with municipalities to promote intergovernmental and public/private cooperation on cycling and pedestrian matters within the Outer Banks of NC. The coalition has submitted improvement requests and worked closely with NCDOT to help improve safety on our roads.