Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan

Welcome to the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan!

Whether it’s to take a stroll on the boardwalk, shop or dine in the village, or visit the Town Park, the Town of Duck is a great place for pedestrians. No other mode of travel offers such a convenient and stress free way to see the village, to experience the neighborhoods, and to enjoy the natural beauty of the town’s beaches, sounds, and coastal landscapes.

Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan 

The CPP is a long range planning document that recommends improvements to the multi-modal transportation system within the Town. Please click here to review the final document. (It is a large file; therefore, you will need to download the PDF.)

The plan identifies project costs, implementation priorities and action items that will assist the Town of Duck with the implementation of suggested infrastructure improvements, public outreach and education and policy actions. A steering committee was formed to guide the CPP planning process, which was comprised of representatives from the Town of Duck business community, residents, community planners and elected officials, as well as Town contracted consultants and representatives from NCDOT. The final CPP has been reviewed and approved by NCDOT and NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.

Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan

Duck Trail Side Street Crossing Safety Plan

Following the Town of Duck’s preparation of the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan (the Plan) VHB conducted a review of the Duck Trail crossings of side streets to Duck Road/NC 12 north and south of the village area. Field observations and crash data were collected to identify potential safety issues affecting road users and to gain a more detailed understanding of the intersection operations. Conceptual designs and recommendations are provided for implementation by the Town of Duck.

The study took a hybrid approach in evaluation the corridor using traditional site-specific crash analysis in combination with a systemic review to comprehensively assess the operation of each crossing. Historical crash data from the last five (5) years was incorporated into the evaluation to determine factors which contribute to the crashes. The crossings were carefully reviewed in the field and evaluated for potential treatments using pavement markings, signing, and other traffic control devices which could reduce the potential for motor vehicle/bicycle crashes. This provides a proactive approach for implementing corrective measures for locations which do not have documented crashes, yet have some level of safety concern associated with the current field conditions and operations.

At a Town Council meeting on November 18th, representatives from VHB presented their designs for improvements at all side street crosswalks throughout the Town of Duck. Click here to view slides from the presentation, or view a video of the presentation below.

Typical improvements include the installation of high-visibility crosswalks and stop lines, new signs and sign locations, and trimming or removing vegetation blocking sight lines.  A drawing showing the typical improvements around every intersection is available by clicking here.

More complex improvements are recommended at the intersection with Plover Drive and the entrance to Four Seasons.  At Plover Drive, the design proposes to enlarge the landscaped area on the north side and add a striped “bump-out” on the south side of the intersection to narrow the width of the intersection and provide safer crossing for bicycles and pedestrians.  At Four Seasons, the design proposes to move the existing shared use path either back a few feet or forward toward the intersection to eliminate conflicts with vehicles stopped at the intersection.  Plans showing these suggested improvements are also available by clicking here.

At this time, the Town of Duck is seeking input from the community about the proposed improvements.  Please submit comments to the Director of Community Development, Joe Heard, at 252.255.1234 or at jheard@townofduck.com by January 15, 2016.

View a video of the November 18th presentation from VHB’s Chris DeWitt and Margaret Kubilins:


The Town of Duck is “Pedestrian First!”

The Town of Duck has a history of pedestrian travel, focused around its compact village center. When the multi-use trail was built, it was obvious there was a pent-up demand for pedestrian travel. Through the years it has only continued to grow and the Town’s current facilities can no longer keep up.

The Town of Duck is now embarking on its first pedestrian plan, as a way to refine the overall pedestrian experience. This will be a town-wide plan which will focus on infrastructure improvements as well as safety and education programs. A specific focus will also be the village center, which has high pedestrian and bicycle usage, served only by a wide shoulder on each side of NC 12. The Town has formed a steering committee of business owners, residents, community planners and elected officials to guide the planning process. This project is being conducted in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Division, which will be a vital role in project development and implementation.

Pedestrian Plan Feature on Destination Dare

Pedestrian Plan Feature on Destination Dare