Cycling in Wilkes

PROCLAMATION

May is National Bike Month in North Wilkesboro May 5th, 2020

WHEREAS, the bicycle is an economical, healthy, convenient, and environmentally sound form of  transportation   and   an excellent  tool  for   recreation   and enjoyment of   North   Wilkesboro’s scenic beauty; and

WHEREAS, throughout the month of May, the residents of the Town of North Wilkesboro and its visitors will experience the joys of bicycling through educational programs, races, commuting events, charity events, public awareness events, or by simply getting out and going for a ride; and

WHEREAS, the Town of North Wilkesboro’s roads and greenways attracts bicyclist each year providing economic health, transportation, tourism, and scenic benefits; and

WHEREAS,   creating   a   bicycling-friendly   community   has   been   shown   to   improve   citizen’s health, well-being, and quality of life, growing the economy of the Town of North Wilkesboro, attracting tourism dollars, improving traffic safety, supporting student learning outcomes, and reducing pollution, congestion, and wear and tear on our streets and roads; and

WHEREAS,   the   Town,   the   League of   American   Bicyclists,   schools,   parks   and   recreation departments, police departments, companies, non-profit agencies and civic organizations will be promoting bicycling during the month of May every year; and

WHEREAS, these groups are also promoting greater public awareness of bicycle operations and safety education in an effort to reduce collisions, injuries, and fatalities and improve health and safety for everyone on the road; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Board of Commissioners of the Town of North   Wilkesboro,   do   hereby   proclaim   the   month   of   May,   as  Bike   Month  in   North Wilkesboro, and urge my fellow citizens to observe this month by enjoy bicycling in our great community while practicing safety measures both on a bicycle and while traveling in other motor vehicles. 

Two Cyclists on the Greenway
Cook's Outfitters
Road Cycling

NC Bicycle Law

North Carolina law defines a bicycle as a vehicle with all the rights and responsibilities that are applicable. Bicyclists and bicycle passengers under the age of 16 must wear approved protective safety helmets. 

For riding after dark, every bicycle must be equipped with proper lighting equipment. 

When riding on a roadway, a bicyclist must ride in the same direction as other traffic.

Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals. 

Visit NC Department of Transportation for more.

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