Current Information

Seeking your input on Walk to School Day


Walk to School Day is going to look different this year. Some students may be remotely learning from their homes. Other students might be going to school but walking (and most everything else) requires physical distancing. Some may be doing a hybrid of the two.

We are seeking your input on how the 2020 event can be used to support your community’s goals, whether those goals are to strengthen community connections, advance road safety, celebrate walking, or something else. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey by Tuesday, August 4. We plan to share ideas back with the Walk to School Day community.

Thank you in advance for your time and input, and for all that you do to support safe walking and biking. 

-Your Walk and Bike to School Day Team

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MPO

Help Create Tomorrow’s Transportation System

For anyone interested in transportation in the region, including the highway, bicycle, rail, pedestrian and transit networks, then now is opportunity to give feedback on the major goals that will guide future changes and improvements. 
 
The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is seeking public feedback on proposed goals and objectives for the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). 

Residents and other stakeholders are asked to provide comments by completing this online survey in English or Spanish, or visiting the DCHC MPO website.  Comments will be received through August 5th.

 

Cyber Security Is Important – Especially With Many Working From Home!  Webinar July 28th!

Register for this no charge webinar led by Cyber Expert Robert Reynolds, Chapel Hill

 To Register: https://gotriangle.org/mi 

Cyber Security Webinar

 

Feedback Wanted:  Locations for Activity While Observing Physical Distancing

FRANKLIN STREET AND MERRITT MILL ROAD INTERSECTION

In response to COVID-19 and North Carolina’s phased reopening, the Town of Chapel Hill is seeking resident input on locations for temporary on-street, multi-use paths. Installing temporary facilities would create more space for active transportation options like biking, walking, and running while complying with physical distancing requirements.

We would like to hear concerns and suggestions about physical distancing on crowded sidewalks and streets. Town staff will use this input to help determine where temporary on-street, multi-use paths should be considered to aid residents in maintaining safe separation while being active.

Please consider the following criteria when offering recommendations:

  • Town-owned streets (see Street Maintenance map)
  • Streets with low speed (30 mph or less)
  • Streets with existing sidewalks, at least one side
  • Streets with vehicle thru traffic to promote connectivity
  • Wide enough to support a 10-foot-wide multi-use path on the road

This is intended to be a pilot program, and Town staff will evaluate any temporary installations and make adjustments as needed.

Public input is welcome at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfs3gs3LxhCHbfC1fjqjT6omNUD_uXvCz2w2K0UY-4MD8CRmQ/viewform.

If you have additional questions, please contact Jomar Pastorelle at jpastorelle@townofchapelhill.org.

 

1 Hour History Tours: Triangle Bikeworks July 27-30

bikeworks

 

2020 August Transit Service Improvements

Starting August 3, Chapel Hill Transit will change service on multiple routes to better serve the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC-Chapel Hill communities. Impacts from COVID-19, will impact the full implementation of these changes. As Chapel Hill Transit determines those impacts, updates will be provided on this page and through regular updates to our service alerts.

Through these service changes we hope:

  • More people will try to ride the bus,
  • More people will use transit regularly,
  • To provide more frequent service along the busiest roadways,
  • To provide access to our community members with the fewest options to travel,
  • To improve weekend service and
  • Make it easier to live in Chapel Hill and Carrboro without a vehicle

Simplified Routes

Starting in August, Chapel Hill Transit will run 20 routes Monday through Friday and nine routes on Saturdays, Sundays and some holidays. Many of these routes will be simplified with less one-way loops and turns.

Sunday service for the first time in 40 years

The nine routes will run on Saturdays, Sundays and some holidays. These routes will have the same routing has their weekday counterparts, with different timetables. Weekend routes include: the A, CM, CW, D, J, N, NS, NU and U routes.

High-Frequency Corridors

High frequency transit service means a bus is coming at least every 15 minutes during the busiest times of the day. A high frequency corridor means that a bus comes down a street or a network of streets at least every 15 minutes – one route or multiple routes can work together to provide this service.

 CorridorRoutes
 15-501 S-UNC Hospitals CCX route
 NC 54 (Carrboro)-Cameron Avenue CM route
 NC 54 (Friday Center)-UNC Hospitals FCX route
 W. Franklin Street J route
 NC-54 (Carrboro)-S. Columbia Street JFX route
 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.-S. Columbia Street-15-501 S NS route
 UNC Campus RU/U route
 NC 54 (Friday Center)-UNC Campus S route
 E. Franklin Street

 CL/D route

 

Questions

We’ve done our best to include the most current information on this page. Below we’ve tried to call out relevant information and put it in an easy to digest format. If you still have questions email us at: chtransit@townofchapelhill.org or call us at 919.969.4931.

Changes

No Routing Changes

Several routes have no routing changes, including the: J, JFX, NS, RU and U routes. These routes may have several changes. Schedules will be posted later this summer.

Routes which will no longer run

 Routes going out of service      
 Routes to switch to
 CPX route CM route, JFX route
 HU route B route
 V route NS route, N route
 FG route A route
 JN route J route, N route

 

*The Carrboro Plaza Park and Ride will not continue to be a park and ride lot in August and will no longer be served. Customers should use the Jones Ferry Park and Ride lot, three-quarters (3/4) mile away.

Routes which will no longer serve a portion of the route

 Routes     
 Removed SectionRoutes to switch to
 A route Homestead Road, MLK Jr. Blvd., Stadium Drive, Manning Drive HS route
 B route Fordham Blvd. from NC 54 to Old Mason Farm Rd. no replacement
 CL route Legion Rd., Standish Dr., Old Durham Rd., Erwin Rd. D route
  CM route Manning Dr., Skipper Bowles Dr.Transfer to RU on Manning Dr.

 CW route

 

 Jones Ferry P&R, Jones Ferry, Davie Road, Poplar Ave.∙ Jones Ferry – JFX/CM route
∙ Davie/Poplar – Walk to Jones Ferry,
∙ NC 54 Bypass or Main Street
 D route Old Sterling Rd., Sage Rd., Dobbins Dr. CL route
 F route University Place A route
 G route South Road, NC 54, Glen Lennox, University Place 
 JFX route Old Fayetteville Rd., Poplar Ave., NC 54 CM route
 N route Manning Drive, Mason Farm Road Transfer to RU on Manning Dr.
 NU route MLK Jr. Blvd. from Hillsborough Rd. to South Rd. 
 T route Manning Drive, Old Mason Farm 

 

ROUTE MAPS & SCHEDULE INFORMATION

We are updating this information as we have it prepared. This information will continue to be updated throughout the summer.

 

How Do You Commute To Work Survey

The Association for Commuter Transportation and Center for Transportation Demand Management are conducting a nationwide survey of commuters to collect feedback on how COVID-19 may impact the mode split of commuters returning to worksites.  In order to gather a deep understanding of how commute patterns may change nationwide we are inviting you to provide feedback on how COVID-19 may impact your constituents commutes to work. 

Results from the survey will provide important information to transportation providers, policy makers, and employers on how to meet the needs of commuters and help ensure your return to the work site is safe and reliable.

This survey can be completed by all individuals currently working or planning to return to work in the coming months. The survey will take 8-10 minutes to complete.

As a thank you, all participants can choose to be entered in a drawing for one of five (5) $100 Amazon gift cards. All submission received by June 26, 2020 will qualify for the drawing.

                                          –  Association for Commuter Transportation

 

Saturday, June 6, is National Trails Day

Since 1993, National Trails Day has recognized the benefits that local greenways and trails provide for recreation, while promoting the wide variety of services trail systems offer. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation traditionally celebrates National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June with a trail walk and tour of one of our greenways.   

This year we have developed a Virtual Trail Walk Challenge called #CHTrailsChallenge that highlights our 9+ mile paved greenway system, an interconnected system of bike and pedestrian corridors to many of our community parks, neighborhoods, retail and educational centers.  Our greenways provide recreational benefits as well as a number of public art experiences created by Triangle-based artists.   

Will you accept our challenge to go the distance? We challenge you to walk, run or ride all 9+ miles of Chapel Hill’s paved greenways from June 5 through June 12, 2020. Those who complete the challenge will be entered in a drawing to win one of five prize packs valued at $100 each. While you’re enjoying the greenways, be sure to snap a photo of yourself appreciating one of our many public art experiences and post your photo to social media using #CHTrailsChallenge.  

Completing the #CHTrailsChallenge includes logging your progress as you traverse in full the following greenways. Five winners will be drawn randomly from those that complete their challenge entries. To complete your entries for each greenway below, and to read more about the public art experiences, go to National Trails Day Virtual Challenge    

  • Fan Branch and Morgan Creek Trail connector is 2.5 miles long to Merritt Pasture, accessible from two large parking lots at Southern Community Parks and Culbreth Middle School.  
  • Bolin Creek and Tanyard Branch Trail connector is 1.9 miles, accessible from Umstead Park as well as a trailhead off Caldwell Street adjacent to the Northside Elementary School. 
  • Meadowmont’s greenway, a 10-foot wide paved is 2.8 miles and starts at Rashkis Elementary School and ends at the western side of NC 54.   
  • Lower Booker Creek Trail has a 10-foot wide 1.2 mile section that connects adjacent neighborhoods to the Eastgate Shopping Center. 

Check out this Promotional Video introducing the challenge!  You can find more information about greenways and trails here

While you seek to enjoy the outdoors, it is important that you are conscious of your personal space and respect the space of others. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation staff posted signs along the greenways to remind residents of the six feet minimum spacing to keep distance from others.  

 

June 1st CHT Modifications- Chapel Hill Transit is running the weekday CM, D, G, J, NS, RU, S and U routes, GoTriangle’s 420 and EZ rider service

Chapel Hill Transit will begin running several regular routes with modified schedules. The CM, D, G, J, NS, RU, S and U routes will begin running their normal schedule until 8 p.m. when the routes will go out of service.

“Running these eight core routes provides a higher level of service, while allowing our maintenance team to keep an increased vehicle cleaning schedule,” says Jeffrey Sullivan, Chapel Hill Transit’s community outreach manager. “Our priority is to make sure riding transit is as safe as possible. We also want to provide reliable service to ensure people who depend on us are able to access work, healthcare and other essential services.”

The core routes will maintain their normal schedules, however, each route will end around 8 p.m. View the amended schedules via the links below. Trips that will not run are shown in gray.

EZ Rider will provide service from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Chapel Hill Transit will continue to provide six trips of GoTriangle’s route 420, connecting Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.

Buses will be limited to 10 people, while larger buses will be limited to 15 people. Tripper service will be available for some routes such as the NS and S, where we expect to see more passenger demand. Tripper service means several buses and operators will be on standby to provide additional service if a bus becomes full.

Chapel Hill Transit will continue to ask customers to board via the rear door unless a mobility issue makes it difficult for a customer to do so. Chapel Hill Transit also encourages all customers to use face coverings while on the bus.

“We are in the process of finding devices that can dispense face coverings and are working with vendors to get additional supplies in to help those who may not have access to face masks,” says Sullivan.

“We have also measured out spaces on our vehicles that allow six feet of physical distance and are placing signs to help passengers identify these seats.”

Chapel Hill Transit’s administrative offices will continue to be closed to the public. Lost and found will only be available by appointment. Call 919-969-4901 to speak with a team member.

Keep up with the latest information by signing up for service alerts and following us on Twitter to get the latest information and updates from our team.

“We know many people are eager to get back to normal,” says Sullivan. “Thank you for your patience as we begin to bring back our service safely.”

Bicycle Training Videos

Bike Workshop Videos – May 28 – 31

Video 15 – Let’s Go Biking – NCDOT

 Video 16 – Shifting Gears – League of American Bicyclists

Video 17 – Starting & Stopping – League of American Bicyclists

Bike Workshop Videos – May 23 – 27

Video 12 – Load A Bike Onto Bus, Town of Carrboro-OC-GoCH

Video 13 – Using A Bike Fix-It Station, Town of Carrboro-OC-GoCH 

Video 14 –  Cycling & Emergency Vehicles, Drive Safely,Ride Safely- OC

Bike Workshop Videos – Week 3

Video 8 – Bolts, Breaks, & Tires – Back Alley Bikes

Video 9 – Bike Alliance Chapel Hill (BACH) – Who We Are

Video 10 – Carrboro Bike Coalition (CBC) – Who We Are!

Video 11 – The ReCYCLEry – Who We Are!

Bike Workshop Videos – Week 2

Video 4 – Street Cycling & Parking a Bike, Town of Chapel Hill
Video 5 – Easy Riding Trails in Orange County, OC
Video 6 – UNC-CH Bike Map Info for Campus, Chapel Hill & Carrboro, TDM UNC-CH  
Video 7 – Cycling Safety Tips, Watch For Me NC

Bike Workshop Videos – Week 1

Video 1 – You Don’t Have To Be In The Band To Bicycle, Go ChapelHill

Video 2 – NC Bicycle Laws, Chapel Hill Police

Video 3 – Garage to Street, Bicycle A, B, C’s – The Clean Machine 

Daily Bicycle Puzzle

May 31 Bicycle Puzzle
May 30 Bicycle Puzzle
May 29 Bicycle Puzzle
May 28 Bicycle Puzzle
May 27 Bicycle Puzzle
May 25 & 26 Bicycle Puzzle
May 22-24 Bicycle Puzzle

May 20 & 21 Bicycle Puzzle

May 19 – Bicycle Puzzle

May 17 & 18 Big Wheel Bike Puzzle

May 15 and 16 Bicycle Puzzle

May 13 & 14 Bicycle Puzzle

Day 11 & 12 – Bicycle Puzzle  

May 9 & 10 Bike Puzzle

May 7 & 8 Bike Over the Moon  

May 6 Puzzle of the Day

May 5th Puzzle of the Day

May 4th Puzzle

Children’s Puzzles & Other Information At: 

The Amazing – Joe Switching Gear Duck Facebook

Bike Decorating Contest

Through May 31

  • Age Group- 12 years and under
  • Age Group-  13 – 17 years          
  • Age Group-  18 years & above!
Get Your Name in the Hat for Gift Card Drawings!
Rules:
  1. Decorate your bicycle and take a picture (you can be on the bike if you like)…
  2. OR, Draw a picture of a decorated bicycle.
  3. Email to goch@townofchapelhill.org with understanding that submissions could be posted on Social Media!
  4. Include your name, age, email and phone number
  5. Drawings on June 1st – Winners will be notified by email and some pictures will be posted on the GoChapelHill.org webpage

Practicing Bike-to-School-Day Ideas

1- GET OUT THERE: Get out for a walk or ride with your family! Can you take a ride around your neighborhood? Or take a walk to hunt for chalk art or signs created by others near you? Share a photo of your family or a location on your route with the tag #GoChapelHill.

2- SHARE: Do you have safety concerns with walking or biking around your neighborhood? Send information to goch@townofchapelhill.org

3- TALK: Hold a five-minute interview with family members about their experience walking or biking. Tag with #GoChapelHill and send to goch@townofchapelhill.org .  Look into online resources and biking and walking activities encouraged by your state or community transportation departments and advocacy groups