Community Forum for Chapel Hill Bike Plan set for May 9

Community Forum for Chapel Hill Bike Plan set for May 9

Are you a cycling enthusiast? Maybe you haven’t ridden a bike in a while but want to. Perhaps you enjoy riding only on greenways or trails? Do you ride your bike to work or school? Do your kids ride a bike? Are you concerned about transportation issues?

If you answered yes, then you’ll want to come to “Bike to the Future,” a community forum for the Chapel Hill Bike Plan set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.

The Town of Chapel Hill planning process is one of many public outreach opportunities of DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, the title given to the implementation phase of the community’s new comprehensive plan. “Connected Community” (including Chapel Hill Bike Plan) is one of the Big Idea initiatives that embody the essence of the Chapel Hill 2020 goals.

When completed, the Chapel Hill Bike Plan will provide a “how-to-guide” for making Chapel Hill a place where more people can safely ride their bikes to more places in the community. The Council is committed to building a more connected, bikeable community, as stated in Chapel Hill 2020 Plan.

“We will have an opportunity in creating this plan to look at our streets and policies to see what’s working – and what could work better,” said Garrett Davis, a Town of Chapel Hill transportation planner.

During the Chapel Hill 2020 planning process, residents expressed that they want more facilities and street design features that promote safe bicycling. People said there should be improved connectivity between important destinations and that bicycling can become part of a healthy active lifestyle.
The Community Survey of 2011 showed that 5.2 percent of residents ride a bicycle and that 64 percent of residents felt that riding a bicycle was safe in Chapel Hill.

“We think that number should be higher, and this plan is going to show us what steps the Town can take to make that happen” said David Bonk, transportation planning manager for the Town of Chapel Hill.

A steering committee will meet over the next year to guide the plan, and there will be many opportunities for the community to contribute. The committee will work closely with staff and Bill Schultheiss of Toole Design Group , the lead consultant. A final plan is expected to be presented to the Council in November 2013.

For more information contact Garrett Davis at
Visit The Chapel Hill Bike Plan on the web at
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Toole Design Group

Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro CycleFest 2013!

Kidical Mass
20-Apr 3pm Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and fun bike ride for kids and their families. It stresses the notion that kids are traffic too and works to get children to follow proper safety procedures on their bicycles while gaining their parents trust in their ability to navigate streets

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
25-Apr 7pm Spoke ‘n Revolutions Youth Cycling and The ReCYCLEry are proud to be the official Chapel Hill host of The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. The films combine beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions that ensure our earth and communities thrive for future generations. Festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, conservation, energy, adventure, kayaking, wildlife, fracking and more.

Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro Bike to School Day
8-May All day Students are encouraged to walk or bike to school on Wednesday, May 8th to improve the quality of the air, experience a more fit way to arrive at school each day and to feel great as you arrive at school!

UNC Map My Bike to Work Day
10-May 11 – 2pm UNC’s Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) will set up tables with games, prizes, and snacks outside the Health Sciences Library to promote the upcoming Bike to Work Week. Current bike commuters will be encouraged to map their routes and sign up as mentors for other potential bike commuters, as well as congregate with other cyclists and exchange ideas.

Chapel Hill’s Bike & Bus Workshop
11-May 8:30 – Noon Come to University Mall Farmer’s Market and learn how to quickly and easily mount a bike onto the front of any bus in the Greater Triangle area. Take a quick tour of a Fare Free Chapel Hill Transit Bus.

Chapel Hill’s Bike & Bus Workshop
11-May 8:30 – Noon Come to Carrboro’s Farmers Market and learn how to quickly and easily mount a bike onto the front of any bus in the Greater Triangle area. Take a quick tour of a Fare Free Chapel Hill Transit Bus.

Carrboro Bike Breakfast Workshop
14-May 7am – 10am Come for breakfast with other cyclists and have free bike checks from local bike shops. Enjoy the giveaways, informational handouts, cycle discussion all while enjoying biscuits from Neil’s Deli! Enter multiple drawings during the morning’s events!

Free Bike Inspections
15-May All Day All Chapel Hill – Carrboro Bicycle Shoppes are offering bike inspections all day long at no charge AND no appointment required (though you might have to wait when you arrive)!

Go Chapel Hill Commute Club Day
May Go Chapel Hill Commute Club – Be sure to check out the Go Chapel Hill tables located throughout Chapel Hill to find information on alternative transportation options in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the Greater Triangle Area. And be sure to sign up for the Go Chapel Hill Commuter Club to show support for a cleaner healthier community (as well as opportunities for public speaking and great incentive items)!!! To register contact Len Cone at
May 13 8:30 – 10:30 Cuppa Joe Tabling
May 15 11:00 – 1 pm Spanky’s Franklin Street
May 17 11:00 – 1 pm Carolina Café, Meadowmont

Go! Chapel Hill – Carrboro SpringRoll Cruiser Ride
17-May 5:30 – Until Serious Cyclists and Families come and take the 8 mile cruiser ride through Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Shorter route designed for families. Bicycle crafts, music and competitions. BE SURE TO DRESS OUT IN YOUR WILDEST CYCLING CLOTHES– (prize to the best in show)!!!