Announcing the 2022 Mobi Awards

Announcing the 2022 Mobi Awards

Multimodal Investments Transforming Communities

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking nominations for its 3rd

2022 Mobi Awards Program!

The Mobi Award recognizes projects that showcase the important and transformational role that investments in aviation, bicycle/pedestrian, ferry, rail and public transportation play in creating vibrant communities in all parts of the State. Multimodal projects are an important piece of North Carolina’s future – connecting people to places, providing alternative modes of travel and making our state more accessible, attractive and competitive.  The Mobi represents a multimodal focus that is at the heart of NCDOT’s mission to leverage all the State’s transportation infrastructure to ensure a strong economy for future generations.

How can you get involved?

If you are a public agency including Towns, Cities, Counties, MPOs, RPOs, public transportation systems and authorities, airport authorities, and Councils of Government (not NCDOT) you can apply at the following website:  www.connect.ncdot.gov/Mobi

If you are a consultant, you can spread the word to your public agency clients and assist them in submitting a nomination.  You can also become a Mobi Awards Luncheon sponsor by contacting WTS/NC Go! at the following email address: themobi@ncdot.gov

If you are an NCDOT employee, you can spread the word to public agency customers, encouraging the submittal of nominations.

What projects are eligible?

·         Projects that include at least two or more of the following modes: bicycle/pedestrian, aviation, rail, ferry, transit, or roadway

·         Construction has been completed (not in planning or design stages)

·         Project has been completed or the project put into service within the past 5 years (Jan 2017-Feb 2022)

·         Previously submitted projects can be resubmitted, if they did not win an award. New application must be filled as questions have changed

What are the award categories? 

A panel of judges will select one winner and three honorable mentions in each of five project categories: rural, small urban, urban, large urban, innovation and a winner in the newly added category of MVP (Most Valued/ Voted Project). At the submission of your online application a link will be generated for your project that can be shared with citizens and social media to collect as many votes as possible to select the MVP. More details can be found on the website.

What criteria will be used to select winners?

·         Project leverages or spurs private investment and partnerships

·         Project boosts economic development (business or tourism)

·         Project creates long-term jobs

·         Project increases connectivity and access

·         Project improves public health

·         Project enhances community quality of life

·         Project improves diversity and equity

·         Other unique, innovative or significant elements

How do I apply?

A website with additional information including an online application will be launched by NCDOT on Monday, January 10, 2022.  Applications will be due by Friday, February 4, 2022.

Link: https://ncdot.submittable.com/submit/211291/2022-ncdot-mobi-awards-application

What are examples of successful multimodal projects? 

·         LYNX Blue Line Extension Light Rail Project

·         Craven Street Transportation Improvements 

·         Corolla Greenway Project Phase III

·         G.K. Butterfield Transportation Center

·         Surf City Topsail Island Bridge Connector 

When will the awards be presented?

The 2022 Mobi Awards will be presented by NCDOT Leadership at a luncheon in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott, downtown Raleigh. Registration information will become available on the website in March 2022.

For additional information email themobi@ncdot.gov

Applications Open for NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative

RALEIGH – To reduce bicycle injuries and deaths, the N.C. Department of Transportation is encouraging people across the state to receive free bicycle helmets as part of its annual Bicycle Helmet Initiative.  

The program, founded in 2007 and overseen by the Integrated Mobility Division, has provided thousands of helmets to children, including providing more than 30,000 helmets in the last five years.  While less than half of all children typically wear a helmet while biking, they can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by almost 90 percent.   

All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2022. Applicants may request 25, 50, 75, or 100 helmets, and awardees will receive the helmets by April 29, 2022. 

As part of the initiative, applicants are encouraged to partner with government and non-government agencies to host bike safety events. Examples of partners include police and fire departments, parks and recreation departments, health departments, community centers, churches and non-governmental organizations. 

Sales of the Share the Road specialty license plate make the initiative possible.   

Visit the NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative webpage for more information and to download the application. 

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Public Input Needed on NCDOT Services

Department launches sixth annual survey to improve customer service

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is again asking the public for feedback on how the agency is performing and ways it can improve its customer service.

Now in its sixth year, NCDOT’s survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and the link is mobile-friendly.

Participation can help the department identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused.

Administered by North Carolina State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education, the survey is grouped into eight core transportation services: motor vehicle transportation (highway), bicycle, pedestrian, transit (local bus), passenger rail, ferry, general aviation and the Division of Motor Vehicles.

The N.C. General Assembly requires the survey and results be used to measure NCDOT’s customer service performance across the department. Survey responses must be received by the end of November.

The results will be available to the public on the agency’s website, www.ncdot.gov, by March 2021.

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Stay Safe This Halloween

Safety tips for parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC pedestrian and bicycle safety program, is encouraging parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters to be safe this Halloween.  

More than 2,100 pedestrians are injured or killed in collisions with motor vehicles in North Carolina each year, and over half of those collisions occur in the evening or at night.   Thousands of children are expected to be walking outside on Oct. 31.  

To ensure Halloween is safe and fun, parents should: 
– Plan and discuss a safe route trick-or-treaters intend to follow and establish a return time. Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along the established route. 
– Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under 12. 
– Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to motorists. 
– Let children know to stay together as a group if trick-or-treating without an adult.  Review all appropriate safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.   

Children trick-or-treating should: 
– Stay in familiar neighborhoods along an established route and stop only at familiar houses unless accompanied by an adult. 
– Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and off the road as far from traffic as possible. 
– Cross streets at crosswalks when available. Look both ways before crossing streets and cross when the lights tell you to cross, after you check for cars in all directions. 
– Carry a flashlight, wear clothing with reflective markings or tape, and stay in well-lit areas. Wear a watch you can read in the dark. 
– Don’t cut across yards or driveways.   

Motorists should: 
– Drive slowly through residential streets and areas where people could be walking. 
– Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. 
– Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. 
– Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. 
– At dusk and in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.   

The Watch for Me NC program, started in 2012, is a collaborative effort to reduce pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes through enhanced education and enforcement of safety laws. It consists of pedestrian, bicycle and driver-focused safety messages as well as concerted efforts by law enforcement. To learn more about the program, visit watchformenc.org

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