Historic Hillsborough Guided Walking Tour

Sat, September 1, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 East King Street Hillsborough, NC 27278

Experience American history through the unique perspective of one of North Carolina’s oldest and most historically significant towns, with a guided walking tour of downtown Hillsborough. Established in 1754 as the seat of government for Orange County, Hillsborough’s colonial legacy and signs of its importance in North Carolina and American history can be seen everywhere.

The tour begins at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, located in the eighteenth century Alexander Dickson Farm House, and guides visitors to a variety of historic places from the site of a 1790s African American-owned distillery to the 1840s Orange County Courthouse and the grave of one of North Carolina’s signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Cost: $6 per person

Information Source: Eventbrite

7th Annual Bike/Walk Summit

October 19th and 20th
Raleigh Convention Center 500 S Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Traffic Bicycling for Transportation Professionals – Thursday October 18

The 2018 NC Bike/Walk Summit promises to be packed full of information useful to bicycle advocates, transportation planners, business owners, elected officials, tactical urbanists, public health practitioners, and livability and sustainability professionals. Experts from across the state and beyond will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience. The mission of the summit is to:

• Foster collaboration between North Carolina’s various bicycle movements, efforts, and endeavors;
• Educate local government staff, bicycle advocates, and policy leaders;
• Promote bicycling as a valid form of transportation and as an economic driver; and
• Highlight North Carolina’s dedication toward becoming a premier bicycle friendly state.

Let’s pedal forward to COMPLETE OUR STREETS…..FOR ALL!

For more information, details on lodging, keynotes, program schedule, visit our website.

Information Resource: Eventbrite.com

Durham’s Murals by Bike Tour

Preservation Durham, The Nasher Museum of Duke University, and the Museum of Durham History are teaming up to create a bicycle tour of historical murals in Downtown Durham this Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM at the Downtown Farmers’ Market 501 Foster Street Durham, NC 27701. The tour is designed for anyone who brings a bike and feels comfortable riding on city streets.

Electric Buses Coming to Chapel Hill

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a $1.382 million grant to Chapel Hill Transit to purchase two zero-emission, electric buses. Chapel Hill’s grant application was selected as one of 52 grants awarded nationwide through the Low or No Emission Bus Grant Program.

 “We are excited to have our electric bus project funded, as it will help us and our funding partners reduce our greenhouse gas footprint and meet our sustainability goals,” said Chapel Hill Transit Director Brian Litchfield. “We were one of the first transit systems in North Carolina to utilize hybrid technologies in our fleet and look forward to adding electric vehicles the our fleet that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University.”

Chapel Hill expects to acquire the new buses over the next 18-24 months, pending a bid process and the selected manufacturers delivery schedule.

In addition to replacing some of its aging diesel-bus fleet, Chapel Hill Transit and its funding partners have taken recent actions to reduce its carbon footprint through solar power including lighting at bus stops, security cameras at park and ride lots and an upcoming project to review the possibility of making the Transit facility solar-powered.

Chapel Hill Transit would especially like to thank the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, the UNC-Chapel-Hill, the NC Department of Transportation – Public Transportation Division and Congressman David Price for their support in this process.

Serving over 60 square miles, Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider for Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC-Chapel Hill, and is the second largest transit system in North Carolina in terms of ridership. Chapel Hill Transit provides fixed-route bus services (30 weekday and weekend routes) and EZ Rider (ADA) services. Chapel Hill Transit has a fleet of 117 vehicles (98 fixed-route and 19 demand response) – providing more than 6.5 million annual rides and covering more than 2.5 million annual miles.

FTA Announcement: https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/FY18-Low-No-Project-Selections

 

LET’S CHART CHAPEL HILL’S FUTURE

Chapel Hill is refining its Future Land Use Map (FLUM) focusing on six areas of interest located along the Town’s major streets. This map will guide the Town as to where shopping, houses, apartments, townhomes, offices, and parks should be located — and how much of each, should go in, each location.

To tell us what you think Chapel Hill should look like in 2049, go to ChartingOurFuture.info  & take the online preference survey.  Be sure to enter into  drawings for Silverspot Cinema Gift Cards!

Look for more events and learn more at ChartingOurFuture.info or email future@townofchapelhill.org.