Town of Chapel Hill Goes for a Bicycle Ride

Seeing the streets of Chapel Hill from new perspective is always important as the Town is always looking and new street projects and older streets needing upgrades. Cycling the streets and seeing first hand what cyclists in the community experience, translates in to new ways of thinking regarding safety and getting about in Chapel Hill on a bicycle. Thank you to The Bicycle Chain for hosting the event including new experiences with electric bikes too! Go Chapel Hill!

Chapel Hill Town Bicycle Ride

Diversity in Cycling: Finding Your Bike Community

Register today for a great Cycling Webinar Oct 14th, 2 -3 p.m.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtce-pqTIsGNWNkBCkyCMP3l89zSub0OEd

Diversity in Cycling: Finding Your Bike Community webinar is meant to help people identify cycling communities in terms of individuals they connect with, whether by race, gender, sexual orientation, age, experience, disabilities, and type of riding. The hour-long webinar will include Itza Salazar – Triangle Bikeworks, Yevette Trotman – Black Girls Do Bike, and Debra Franklin – BikeWalkNC Board member. In addition, there will be 15 minutes at the end of the webinar for a Q&A.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

October Traffic-Safety Initiatives

Town of Chapel Hill – The Chapel Hill Police Department will perform four speed-enforcement operations in October – in addition to normal patrols – with the main goal of improving safety for everyone who shares roads.

  • Tuesday, October 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 26, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

To improve safety for everyone on and near roads:

  • Limit distractions
  • Phones down; eyes up
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks

People riding bicycles should ride in a bike lane or in the same direction as traffic if there isn’t a designated path.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Carolina Tarwheels Bike Fest 2021

Scenic rural vistas along quiet country roads. Historic farmsteads and rustic churches. The pastoral heritage of the Piedmont. Make a difference!

Register at: https://tarwheels.net/wp/bikefest-fees-dates/

All BikeFest routes start and end on East Margaret Lane near the Orange County Courthouse in downtown Hillsborough. Parking volunteers are there to direct you to free parking lots located near the start.

Bike Fest offers a choice of 3 routes/rides: a 35-mile half metric, a 62-mile metric century, and a 100-mile English century. The 35 and 62 routes have 2 rest stops while the 100-mile route has 4 rest stops.

View all routes: https://tarwheels.net/wp/bikefest-routes/

Make a Difference

The Tarwheels donate all proceeds, in excess of expenses, to bicycling related activities in our community.  In the past 6 years we have donated more than $15,000/yr.  Recent recipients include Triangle Bike Works, Bridge2Sports Adaptive Cycling Program, Durham Bike Cooperative, the Special Olympics Cycling Team, and the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition.  Click here for more information on their activities and contributions to the community.

Food and Support

The Tarwheels take pride in the volunteers who contribute time, energy, and the tour’s hallmark homemade cookies and baked goods. They have made the Rural Heritage Tour one of the most enjoyable bicycling events in North Carolina.  Refreshments will be provided at the end of the ride, but all riders are still encouraged to carry their own water bottles.

This is a fully-supported ride with rest stops, refreshments, and restrooms.  Routes are clearly marked and patrolled by SAG vehicles.  Mechanical support (repair) is provided on a cost-of-parts-only basis.

 

 

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Chapel Hill Transit reduces service to improve reliability amid operator shortage

On Sept. 20, Chapel Hill Transit will make temporary schedule adjustments to increase the reliability of the bus system in the face of staffing shortages.

Chapel Hill Transit will make temporary schedule adjustments to increase the reliability of the bus system in the face of staffing shortages.

Starting Monday Sept. 20, CHT will implement the following adjustments:

The last trip on most routes will run until 8 p.m.

  • On weekdays, the NS route will run less frequently until 10 p.m.
  • On weekends, the J and NS routes will run every hour and 20 minutes.
  • The schedule for FCX and NU routes will not change

No midday service on F, G, HS & T routes.

The F, G, HS, and T routes will only run between 6:30 and 9 a.m. and 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. to provide options for students and employees commuting to Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC Hospitals.

  • F Route Trips (from Jones Ferry Road): 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. & 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
  • G Route Trips (from Booker Creek): 7 and 8 a.m. & 3 and 4 p.m.
  • HS Route Trips (from Morris Grove): 7:15, 7:50 & 8:25 a.m. and 3:25, 4:00 & 4:35 p.m.
  • T Route Trips (from ECHHS): 7:05 and 8:05 a.m. & 4:10 and 5:15 p.m.

420, CL, NU, weekend J, and weekend NS customers will have fewer trips

  • The NU route will run every 30 minutes
  • The CL route will run about every 40 minutes
  • The weekend J will run every hour and 20 minutes
  • The weekend NS will run every hour and 20 minutes
  • Route 420 will run at the following times:
  • –  6:00, 6:55, 7:30 & 8:30 a.m. from Hillsborough
  • –  3:40, 4:40, 5:15 & 6:15 p.m. from UNC Hospitals

Friday Center South Park and Ride Lot users will need to use the Friday Center Park and Ride Lot

The Friday Center South Park & Ride Lot will be closed (formerly the NC-54 Park and Ride Lot)

  • The S route will serve the Friday Center Park and Ride Lot
  • The FCX route will serve stops on NC-54 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and after 8 p.m.

These reductions will remain in effect until Chapel Hill Transit is able to hire more operators.

Chapel Hill Transit is actively recruiting operators. Chapel Hill Transit offers wages starting at $16+ an hour, paid training and benefits. People interested can apply at chtransit.org.