Watch for Me NC Campaign Urges Drivers
and Bicyclists to Be Safe and Considerate Road Users
During Bike Month
RALEIGH - The
N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch
for Me NC campaign, would like to remind drivers and
bicyclists to “Make Room for Bikes” and be safe on
the state’s road during Bike Month.
May is nationally recognized as Bike Month, a
time to celebrate the benefits of two-wheeled
transportation. A variety of events take place
throughout the month, including National Bike to
School Day on May 7, National Bike to Work Week May
12-16, and National Bike to Work Day on May 16. As
such, NCDOT expects more bicyclists to be on the
roads, and it is up to all road users to make sure
our road stay safe.
The Watch for Me NC
campaign, NCDOT’s statewide effort to improve
pedestrian and bicyclist safety through better
education and enforcement of the state’s pedestrian
and bicycle laws, offers the following safety tips:
• Wear a
helmet. It could save your life.
• Use a light
and reflectors when bicycling at night, and be as
visible as possible.
• Ride in the direction of
traffic. Drivers may not be looking for you if you
are riding the wrong way.
• Obey all signs and
signals. This includes stopping at stop signs and
• Use all of your senses – watch and
listen for cars, particularly at intersections and
• Avoid distractions such as
listening to headphones or answering phones when
• Be watchful for bicyclists, drive at slower
speeds, and avoid distraction.
• Before making a
turn, be sure the path is clear of any bicyclist,
particularly those traveling in bicycle lanes.
• Slow down in areas where you are likely to find
bicyclists, such as near schools and playgrounds.
• Keep an eye out for bicyclists at night.
• Avoid distractions such as food, passengers and
using mobile devices. Talking and texting while
driving is both dangerous and illegal in many
Learn more bicycle and pedestrian
safety tips at