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Morehead City, NC – Carteret County Health Department was awarded a grant from the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation to purchase bicycles and helmets to implement an Active Transportation Program by March 2019.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 1,000 bicyclists died in 2015. In that same year, there were also 467,000 bike injuries. Cycling is the leading contributing factor to sports-related head-injuries among children ages 14 and younger. The Active Transportation Program will support teaching bicyclists and pedestrians skills that will reduce these statistics.
“With this gracious contribution from the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation and its members, we are able to help our community and help protect our children from serious injury or death,” states Stephanie Cannon, Health Director.
The foundation is supported by members of Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative who volunteer to have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the nearest dollar. The RoundUP Program has provided more than $3 million since 1999 to strengthen local communities and help individuals in need.
The mobile Active Transportation Program will feature bike safety inspections, helmet fitting, and a safety lecture about the rules of the road. Following that, program participants will also ride on a miniature "chalk street" course where they are shown where and how to apply the rules.
For more information about the Active Transportation Program, contact Stephanie Stevenson, Public Health Educator, at (252) 728-8550 extension 5754. Stephanie can also be reached by email at Stephanie.Stevenson@carteretcountync.gov.