Recently, BikeWalk NC staff presented the Friendly Driver Program to over 60 people with presentations in both Durham and Apex!
On June 26th, staff attended a community meeting hosted by Bike Durham, a local advocacy and educational organization promoting access to safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation. During the meeting, Program Manager Laila Horton and Community Outreach Coordinator Oliver Sendall presented the NC Friendly Driver program, and fielded questions about the rights of bicyclists and the responsibilities of motorists to safely share the road. Speaking to an active mobility advocacy group allowed for an in-depth discussion on topics such as bicyclist behavior at intersections, lane positioning, and motorist behaviors when passing bicyclists.
CBS 17 News covered the event, and interviewed both Bike Durham and BikeWalk NC staff to provide comment on the vision of the Friendly Driver Program as a way to reduce pedestrian fatalities and empower active mobility users across the state of NC.
The following day, June 27th, staff traveled to Apex to present the program at Eva Perry Regional Library. This presentation, open to the general public, focused on safe driving practices for motorists wanting to learn more about about bicyclist and pedestrian rights and behaviors, and how to safely share the road with vulnerable road users.