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This Week at NCDOT: Bike to School Day and Hurricane Preparedness Week

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 across North Carolina took part in Bike to School Day, with the statewide event taking place at South Smithfield Elementary School.

This one-day event was part of a national effort to encourage more families to consider getting to school on bike or foot. More than 200 North Carolina schools registered to participate in Bike to School Day.
Attendees were reminded about several important bicycle safety tips that all cyclists should follow:


•    Always wear a helmet;
•    Obey traffic signals and signs, paying attention to all stop signs and red lights; and
•    Use front and rear reflectors and wear reflective clothing for visibility.

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

Additionally, Governor Cooper declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to bring attention to motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways. Motorists are reminded to share the road and watch closely for motorcycles, while riders need to practice safe riding.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

With hurricane season beginning June 1, N.C. emergency management staff are urging North Carolinians to make sure they are ready during Hurricane Preparedness Week.

One way to get ready is by putting together an emergency supply kit. This should contain enough supplies, non-perishable food and water to last each family member three days to a week.

Other essential items to have ready include:
•    Copies of insurance papers and I.D. in a watertight plastic bag;
•    A first aid kit;
•    A weather radio and batteries; and
•    Hygiene items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste and soap.

After the storm has passed, remember to never drive through flooded waters or around barricades. It only takes one foot of water to sweep a vehicle away, so if line markings on the road aren’t visible, turn around – don’t drown.

For more tips on how to be prepared for a hurricane, visit ReadyNC.org.

For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.

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