Traffic Garden Ribbon Cutting February 7th!

Come to the the Ribbon Cutting of Chapel Hill’s Traffic Garden on Tuesday, February 7 from 9:30 – 10 a.m. at Homestead Aquatic Parking Area, 300 Aquatic Drive, Chapel Hill, NC.

Hear Mayor Pam Hemminger will officially open the Chapel Hill Traffic Garden and discuss bicycle safety information. Enjoy hot chocolate with other bicycle enthusiasts while finding out bicycle safety information!

For more information email goch@townofchapelhill.org

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February 11th – Children’s Grand Opening Event for Chapel Hill’s Traffic Garden for Young Cyclists

Young children are invited to bring your bicycle and enjoy a bicycle safety rodeo on Saturday February 11th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Homestead Aquatic Parking Area, 300 Aquatic Drive, Chapel Hill. Enjoy helmet fittings, bicycle fixes, giveaways and safety information too!

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Cycle in for Coffee is Friday, February 3 — Lanza’s Café

A month closer to spring. Bike Carrboro is having Cycle in for Coffee of this Friday, Feb. 3, from 7:30 to 9 at Lanza’s Cafe, 601 W Main St C, Carrboro, NC 27510. Lanza’s offers a 10% discount to bicyclists, so let them know you are a cyclist when ordering your coffee.

There are also bagels and pastries for sale. Before you come, check out Carrboro’s 2020 Bicycle Plan Update, and its projects list, and share your top 3 project priorities.

Questions About Getting Around Chapel Hill? Join Live Time On January 13th, 2-3 P.M. With Any Questions or Tips You Have!

https://unc.zoom.us/j/94662869633

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The League’s 2023 National Bike Summit is 11 weeks away and there are less than 72 hours left to get your Early Bird savings!⌛

From March 26-29, 2023, be part of our Bike Revolution at the hybrid National Bike Summit. The past few years have seen the bike movement secure big wins in funding bike infrastructure (in no small part thanks to Bike Summit Lobby Days!) 

Now we are at a critical moment in the movement to build safer roads, encourage slower speeds, and engage diverse and inclusive partners to make biking better for everyone. Communities across the country are beginning to utilize investments to implement changes to our streets and people like you know the importance of making sure it’s done right! At the Bike Summit, bike advocates like you will share best practices and bike stories on your way to making your streets safer for all.  All keynote speeches, plenary sessions, and panels will be hosted online for all attendees through the virtual platform Whova. Plus, those who attend in person in D.C. will be able to participate in additional mobile workshops, bike rides, and other networking events.

We are also offering special discounts and scholarships to ensure everyone is a part of the conversation — our Early Bird Special is a can’t-miss deal. Seriously, it doesn’t get lower than this!

The Early Bird Special ends on Sunday, January 8th at 11:59 pm ET.
Register for #BikeSummit23 this weekend for the lowest rate.
 

 

Member Discount: League members can register for the virtual Summit for $75, or in-person for $425, during the Early Bird registration period. Become a League member to take advantage of the discount or renew your membership here » Youth Scholarship: This year’s Summit will include a dedicated space for youth. The Youth Scholarship is available for anyone aged 21 and under and offers free attendance to eligible youth. Learn more and register here »

Members of BIPOC-led and BIPOC-focused Clubs: Attend the Summit virtually for free or receive a discount on in-person registration.  Email summit@bikeleague.org for more information and spread the word.   Nominate a Bike Advocate To Be Honored At #BikeSummit23   Nominations for our 2023 Advocacy and Education awards are now open. Know someone who sparked change in the bicycle movement or promotes the joy of bicycling in everything they do? Tell us! We’ll honor and share their bikespirational stories at the Summit!    Nominate Inspirational Advocates for Our Annual Awards!    

Email Summit questions to summit@bikeleague.org and follow all the League socials and bikeleague.org/summit to stay up-to-date on registration deadlines, agenda changes and more. Check out what was offered at last year’s Summit on our YouTube channel!   Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Instagram Instagram LinkedIn LinkedIn YouTube YouTube

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January Chapel Hill Safety Enforcements

The Chapel Hill Police Department is planning several pedestrian safety enforcement operations in January, in addition to normal patrols. Scheduled special operations include – but are not limited to – the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, January 10, 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, January 17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, January 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Monday, January 30, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

*Dates and times are subject to change 

Each effort will focus on areas with heavy pedestrian and bicycle traffic, including downtown, and mid-block crosswalks (ex. along the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Estes Drive corridors). We encourage everyone traveling, regardless of your mode of transportation, to remember that community safety is a shared responsibility. 

The Chapel Hill Police Department is also planning at least five speed enforcement operations in January – in addition to normal patrols – with the main goal of improving safety for everyone who shares roads. 

  • Tuesday, January 3, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, January 10, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, January 17, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, January 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

*Dates and times are subject to change 

Distracted Driving 

According to the National Safety Council, 96% of people think texting while driving is dangerous, yet 44% do it. If your phone supports it, consider using a “do not disturb” feature while driving. 

Cell phone apps and devices can help drivers stay focused on driving. They prevent drivers from making or accepting calls, texting or accessing the internet, but do not block access to 911. Learn more here

Vision Zero 

On October 13, 2021, Chapel Hill’s Town Council adopted a Vision Zero Resolution, which states that traffic injuries and deaths are not inevitable “accidents” but preventable crashes. The Town committed to eliminating all transportation and mobility related deaths and serious injuries by 2031. This will be achieved through a comprehensive and holistic approach to designing safe roadway systems for all users no matter how they choose to move throughout the community.

Chapel Hill Installs Traffic Garden!

The Town of Chapel Hill has installed it’s first Traffic Garden at Homestead Aquatic Center, located at 300 Aquatic Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. This Traffic Garden is open to the public year-round during park hours, which are from dawn until dusk. Please come and enjoy!!!

A traffic garden, or safety village, is a park facility where children and families can learn the and practice the rules of the road. Traffic gardens are smaller-scale versions of real street networks and include realistic road signs, situations, and street markings designed to help teach new bicyclists and pedestrians how to safely use roads. Children and adults can use traffic gardens to practice walking, bicycling, and “driving” through roads and intersections in a space that is protected from vehicular traffic.

There are many ways youth and adults can use the traffic garden. One of the most common uses is for learning the rules of the road by practicing navigating roads on a bicycle, tricycle, or scooter. People can also walk the course of the traffic garden, or practice using other non-motorized devices to pass through the marked roads and intersections.

For more information see Chapel Hill Traffic Garden .