On Monday, October 30th, BikeWalk NC staff presented the NC Friendly Driver Program to 25 students in the “Communication and Community” classes at UNC Greensboro. Taught by Dr. Katie Lind, this particular course covers ethical and social responsibilities of civic action in the context of community problem solving.
The idea for this presentation stemmed from a conversation between Dr. Lind and BikeWalk NC staff at the Wheels on the Greenway event in Greensboro in May. Recognizing the community problem solving connection to the curriculum, and that many of her students commute by car, Dr. Lind saw that these young drivers could benefit from better understanding the laws and best practices of sharing the road with bicycles and pedestrians on and around a college campus.
The NC Friendly Driver Program is supported by a grant from the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program and provides important information to help motorists safely co-exist with bicyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users.
- Motorist driving habits that impact people who bike and pedestrians
- Explanation of common bicyclist practices
- How to avoid common crashes between motorists and vulnerable road users
- Active transportation infrastructure and Complete Streets concepts
You can find more information on the NC Friendly Driver Program here. If you are interested hosting an in-person or online presentation of the program in your area please contact BikeWalk NC Program Manager Laila Horton.