League of American Bicyclist & the Town of Chapel Hill Hoping for Survey Information

The Town of Chapel Hill recently applied to the League of American Bicyclists to be a (hopefully gold level) Bicycle Friendly Community. As part of the application process the league asks us to distribute a community survey to help them gain a better understanding of local bicyclists’ experiences in the community. Thank you for assisting us with better information for future planning!

Bicycle Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BFC_Fall22

Bicycle Link in Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChapelHillNC_BFC22_esp

October Service Alerts for Chapel Hill Transit

Oct. 15 Detours, UNC Fall Break Changes, and Tar Heel Express

A and N routes will be detoured on Oct. 15 for an event on campus; Safe Ride routes will not operate during UNC Fall Break Oct. 20-24; Tar Heel Express service for men’s basketball starts Oct. 28.

On October 15, two Chapel Hill Transit routes will detour due to an event on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. South Road will be closed between Raleigh Street and Country Club Road for the student event Franklin Street Market. The event will close the road between 1 and 11 p.m. and Chapel Hill Transit will detour the A and N routes. Buses will not travel South Road in the area of Carmichael Arena and Hooker Fields. Routes will detour on Raleigh Street and Country Club Road. 

UNC will be on Fall Break from Thursday, October 20, until classes resume Monday, October 24. During this time, Chapel Hill Transit will suspend the Safe Ride routes.

The first Tar Heel Express service of the 2022 UNC Men’s Basketball season is Friday, October 28 as the Heels play Johnson C. Smith in an exhibition game. Tip off is 7:30 p.m. Fans can board from three locations this season: Friday Center Park and Ride, Southern Village Park and Ride, and Downtown Chapel Hill. Service starts as early at two hours before tip off. More information is available on the Tar Heel Express webpage.

October Traffic-Safety Initiatives

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

  • Tuesday, October 4, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday, October 14, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 18, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday, October 28, 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 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 4, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 18, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

*Dates and times are subject to change

Please use the following tips to improve safety for everyone on and near the roads:

  • Limit distractions
  • Phones down; eyes up (this is true for people driving, walking, riding a bike, and rolling)
  • Keep your music at an appropriate level to hear what’s happening outside your car or around you
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks 
  • State law says all vehicles must yield to pedestrians once they have safely entered a crosswalk
  • Please use designated crosswalks to cross roads
  • Walk against traffic; ride with traffic 
  • People walking who don’t have access to sidewalks should walk in the opposite direction as traffic
  • People riding bicycles should ride in a bike lane or in the same direction as traffic if there isn’t a designated path
  • Bicycles are permitted to ride on the sidewalk except downtown (Franklin and Rosemary streets). Bicycles are permitted on sidewalks along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard outside the Chapel Hill Police Department as long as they are going in the same direction as traffic.

The Town will utilize its variable message sign (VMS) boards throughout Town to alert people driving of the events as well as encouraging them to limit distractions and watch out for people walking and people riding their bikes.

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 and commits to eliminating them on Chapel Hill streets. To view the resolution, click here.