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The Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition
is a group of committed and concerned citizens from the Outer Banks of N.C. interested in the safety and betterment of pedestrian safety to drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and all those who live or visit the Outer Banks in a positive and proactive manner. More....
Traffic skills to help you get where you're going; emergency moves that can save your life; equipment that can make your cycling safer -
Vehicle and bicyle safety are critically important, especially during the busy summer season. The North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation has an informative website that will be of interest to all who use the highways and roadways. Please click here to access their site.
The Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation also has handbooks to the rules and regulations of bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
Bicycle Riding on the Outer Banks - Informative document about bicycle riding on the Outer Banks.
Bike route map for ridding in the Town of Kill Devil Hills
Help us keep you safer. Please. Become familiar with these regulations and safety tips.
Bicycle Riding at Night - Be Careful!
Consumer Product Safety Commission - Night Bike Riders At Risk - CPSC Document #5003
Please practice nighttime safety procedures when riding a bicycle at night.
To help reduce nighttime bicyclist fatalities, cyclists should always wear a good helmet, use front and rear lights and reflectors, and wear reflective clothing. Children should never ride at night, and cyclists should avoid riding on unlighted, narrow roadways.
Because of a sharp increase in the number of bicyclist fatalities resulting from car-bike collisions at night, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning to bike riders to take necessary steps to make themselves and their bicycles more visible at night.
The number of bicyclists killed at night has increased from 304 to 372 per year. In 1975, the number of nighttime deaths accounted for 30% of the total number of bicyclists killed. By 1982 (the latest year for which complete data are available), nighttime deaths accounted for 42% of the total number of bicyclists killed. One factor contributing to fatal nighttime bicyclist accidents is that the bicycles and riders are not readily visible to motorists. Motorists involved in car/bicycle collisions report that they hit bicyclists because the bicycles and riders were not visible. Cyclists' failure to wear protective helmets may have also contributed to the severity of head injuries suffered in car-bike collisions.
Therefore, CPSC recommends the following actions to cyclists:
1. Be sure your bike has reflectors required on all new bicycles by the CPSC bicycle regulation. Each bike should have front and rear reflectors, pedal reflectors, and side rim or wheel reflectors. Use front and rear lights (as required in many States) to help make your bicycle more noticeable to cars at night. Small battery-operated lamps strapped to your legs also help.
2. Wear reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to automobile drivers. Wear a reflective vest, reflective bands on arms and legs, and reflectorized tape on helmet.
3. Always wear a good helmet with a rigid (but crushable) interior material which may help absorb the force of an impact. (This is important for daytime riding, too.)
4. Never allow children to ride at night.
5. Avoid riding on dark, narrow roadways where the posted speed limit is more than 35 mph.
For more information on bicycle safety, consumers should call the CPSC Toll-Free Hotline on 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter for hearing-impaired consumers is 800-638-8270.
Reflective street address signs help emergency response teams find you faster - In the emergency medical world there is what is called The Golden Hour. It is the amount of time it takes for a person with trauma (severe) injuries to get to the nearest Hospital Trauma Center to give the victim the best possibility of full recovery. If the victim can make it to the Trauma Center in the Golden Hour they will have a 90% or better chance of survival. The Outer Banks’ nearest Trauma Center is Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Reflective address shields and their reflective four-inch numbers provide the maximum visibility at night for emergency vehicles to quickly find your residence. For shut-ins, or the elderly who are prone to heart attack or stroke, it is imperative that they be transported to the nearest hospital for Dare Med Flight to be able to transport them to Sentara. The Dare Med Flight Helicopter can make the trip, one-way, in approximately 20-25 minutes, longer in severe weather conditions.
To be given the best chance for survival, trauma victims need to be located and transported to the nearest facility in as short a time as possible. Luminous street number signs provide emergency personnel the quickest and most efficient means of identifying your residence, especially at night. Their $20 cost is negligible when compared to the tragedy of loss of human life.
Dominion North Carolina Power - Electrical Safety at Home
It's easy to practice electrical safety. Remember that electricity always takes the shortest way to the ground. It will go through wire, metal, wet objects... or you. It's invisible, but very real, so treat it with respect.
Wires run around, through and over our houses. And each year hundreds are electrocuted in their homes, and thousands are injured in electricity-related accidents... Accidents that can be prevented with a little foresight, and some common sense.
Schoolbuses and motor vehicle regulations - important for our future's safety. Click here.