History

BikeSafe NC would not exist with the support of many people and organizations.

The program is modeled after the world-famous BikeSafe London program, created and taught by the Metropolitan Police Department of London. This program started in the United Kingdom and currently has 41 departments teaching it in their country. London has the best results sporting a 25% reduction in motorcycle fatalities since the program began.

The NC Highway Patrol recognized an increase in motorcycle fatalities and researched multiple programs designed to minimize crashes and fatalities. A pilot program was held from 2007-2008 in Wake County, NC. As a result a reduction of motorcycle fatalities was found in Wake County but was not found in other areas of the state.

The BikeSafe program was brought to the attention of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and later to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NC Highway Patrol received a letter of commendation from the FHWA for its efforts in leading the charge in reducing motorcycle crashes and fatalities with this program.

In 2009 the program was expanded and NC saw the first statewide reduction in motorcycle fatalities in 5 years. This was the combined result of BikeSafe-NC, other educational programs, a change in NC helmet law, and increased enforcement efforts aimed at protecting motorcyclists.

Bikesafe-NC would not be possible without the support of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. Bikesafe is in the process of rolling out nationwide. NC is proud to be associated with this effort to protect motorcyclists everywhere.