2018 Bicycle Friendly Community Survey now available
The Town of Wake Forest recently applied for the Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award from the League of American Bicyclists. As part of that effort, the Town is conducting an online survey to gather input from area bicyclists concerning their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in Wake Forest.
The Spring 2018 Bicycle Friendly Community Survey is available from now through Saturday, March 31, and takes approximately five minutes to complete.
Intended for riders of all levels, the questionnaire is designed to provide useful information about current bicycling conditions in our community and potential areas of improvement.
The survey is an important element in the town's ongoing efforts to make Wake Forest a more bicycle-friendly community. Officials plan to incorporate survey responses in proposals to improve cycling conditions around schools and in neighborhoods.
For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9510.
Based on input received in a bicycle community survey, the Town of Wake Forest developed and produced the Bike-Walk-Run Wake Forest map in April 2014. The fold-out map is a guide to cycling and walking routes available within the town limits. Printed copies of the map are available at town hall and a digital version is available for download.
Few of us have received a comprehensive cycling education, and the informal education some of us receive from observing others on the road at times makes cycling less safe. While there are fairly good resources for cycling safety information in print and on the web, nothing can replace or compare to the quality of information and personal feedback from participating in a class with a qualified instructor.
Here are a few resource options for bicycle training offered by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB):
Traffic Skills 101 - covers bike fit, equipment selection, nutrition, bike handling and traffic cycling principles. To find a course or instructor visit the LAB website education section.
Commuting - for adult cyclists who wish to explore the possibility of commuting to work or school by bike. This three hour follow-up to Traffic Skills 101 covers topics including route selection, bicycle choice, dealing with cargo and clothing, bike parking, lighting, reflection, and foul weather riding. Included with the class are handouts and student materials.
To jumpstart your bicycling education, here are some resources to give you a good start:
Under North Carolina law, a bicycle is considered a vehicle, and is entitled to share the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles. Citizens wishing to operate a bicycle should become familiar with state traffic laws that apply to bicycles. Click here to view the state's bicycle laws and NCDOT policy.
It is lawful for cyclists to ride on any public road unless it is designated as a limited or controlled-access highway. However, some roads are more suitable than others. A significant proportion of current bicycle ridership occurs on lower-speed residential neighborhood streets rather than major thoroughfares in Wake Forest.
Ordinances prohibit bicycling on sidewalks in Wake Forest. Transportation safety research shows that riding bicycles on sidewalks is up to twenty-five times less safe than riding on a major street that has no bike lanes. The research also shows that adding bike lanes on major streets improves safety.