Chapel Hill Safety Initiatives

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


• Saturday, July 2, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 5, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Friday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Saturday, July 9, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 13, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Monday, July 18, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, July 23, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
• Thursday, July 28, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Saturday, July 30, 12 p.m. to 4 p.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 July – in addition to normal patrols – with the main goal of improving safety for everyone who shares roads.


• Tuesday, July 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 12, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
• Tuesday, July 19, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
• Tuesday, July 26, 6 a.m. to 8 a.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– Vision Zero Resolution .

Cycle In For Coffee – Friday, July 1!

Cycle in for Coffee is tomorrow! Cyclists be on the back patio of Open Eye Cafe from 7 to 9 a.m. All are welcome for as little or as long as they like. If there is something on your mind about bike-related ideas or issues in Chapel Hill or Carrboro, this is a good place to talk to others about them. And this month, coffee is on us! Just tell them at the front that you are there for the BikeCarrboro Bicycle Advocacy Group event.

Chapel Hill Transit Not Running the 4th of July Except for Shuttle Services to Town Celebration

Chapel Hill Transit will not operate transit service Monday, July 4 in observance of the 4th of July holiday. EZ Rider will also be closed. Chapel Hill Transit will operate shuttle service to the Town’s July 4th Fireworks at Southern Village.

Shuttle Services to Town Celebration

Chapel Hill Transit will operate shuttle service to the Town’s July 4th Fireworks at Southern Village. Shuttles will run from the Jackson Deck at UNC Hospitals starting at 6:30 p.m. The last shuttle will leave the parking deck at 8:15 p.m. No shuttles will run during the show.

Shuttles will run for 30 minutes following the end of the celebration. To learn more about the Town celebration, visit:  Town of Chapel Hill’s 4th of July Celebration Information

Join the Vets On the Move Program!

Vets On the Move is a year round program designed to offer Veterans that are transitioning back into the community all commute options relevant to the Triangle area. These options of bus, walk, roll, bicycle. carpool or telework can assist in getting Veterans to appointments, work or for other errands. Also as part of the program there is also a Buddy program available as the need might arise for someone to travel along the first couple of trips as Veterans adjust to the chosen commute option(s).

There are also special events during the year where Veterans might gather information and meet other Veterans in the area. On June 10th, a community bicycle ride occurred, to salute all Veterans. For more information email goch@townofchapelhill.org or call 919 – 969 – 7717.