RALEIGH, N.C. — Applications for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program “Watch for Me NC” are now being accepted.

The program seeks to use education and community engagement partnerships with local law enforcement to reduce bicycle and pedestrian deaths and injuries.

"It takes everyone working together to keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe,” Mark Ezzell, director of the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, said in a release. “The educational materials, hands-on training and critical partnerships forged by “Watch for Me NC” goes a long way towards making our communities safer.” 

Free training, technical assistance and safety tools from NCDOT and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center will be provided to selected communities. Communities will also receive individually customized support to help plan outreach and share opportunities as well as troubleshooting challenges.

According to a release, “’Watch for Me NC’ partners will also receive materials with pedestrian and bicycle safety messages to aid in engagement at public events. Communities may also be eligible to receive advertising such as radio PSAs and vehicle wrapper ads. Applicants should be able to demonstrate support from local law enforcement agencies and, if applicable, campus police, plus the capacity to participate fully in the program.”

Applications will be accepted through February 18, 2022. For more information and to apply, click here.