Watch for Me NC
Each year, more than 180 bicyclists in the Triangle are injured or killed due to collisions with motor vehicles. In an effort to reduce those numbers, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is expanding its Watch for Me NC campaign to include bicyclists as well as pedestrians.
Launched in the Triangle in 2012, Watch for Me NC is an education and enforcement initiative aimed at improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety in North Carolina. The campaign consists of pedestrian–, bicyclist– and driver–focused safety messages that will appear on buses, radio stations, gas pumps, university campuses and other locations. Those messages will be bolstered by law enforcement's renewed commitment to strictly enforce existing pedestrian and bicycle laws.
In support of the Watch for Me NC state-wide campaign, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners adopted the following resolution of support on April 16, 2013:
"Now therefore be it resolved that the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Wake Forest, pledges, in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, to participate in the 2013 Watch for Me NC campaign, with involvement by the municipality's police department to carry out enforcement activities in support of the campaign."
Although the NCDOT has emphasized pedestrian–focused safety messages throughout the Triangle for the past year, it is about to begin unveiling its bicyclist–focused messages encouraging drivers and bicyclists to act in a safe manner.
More information about the Watch for Me NC campaign, including campaign materials, safety resources and a list of local contacts can be found at www.watchformenc.org.
How can I join my community in this campaign?
Additional information about Watch for Me NC is available at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.; the Wake Forest Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St.; and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St.