The DCHC MPO is updating the region’s long range plan, the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The agency will use the public input received on the draft plan, called the Preferred Option, to identify where roadway, public transportation, bicycle, pedestrian, and other transportation investments will be needed in the coming decades.
The Preferred Option for the 2050 MTP deemphasizes highway widenings and provides greater support for public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian, and highway modernization investments to meet the region’s climate and equity goals.
Residents and other stakeholders are asked to review the Preferred Option on the DCHC MPO website and provide comments by email no later than Tuesday, December 7. Residents can also speak directly to the DCHC MPO Board at an online public hearing on November 10 at 9AM.
The Chapel Hill Police Department will perform three speed enforcement operations in November – in addition to normal patrols – with the main goal of improving safety for everyone who shares roads.
Tuesday, November 9, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, November 23, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
*Dates and times are subject to change
Chapel Hill Police will also perform four pedestrian safety enforcement operations this month:
Friday, November 5, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesday, November 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, November 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 18, 1 p.m. to 5 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 corridor). We encourage everyone traveling, regardless of your mode of transportation, to remember that community safety is a shared responsibility.
Please use the following tips to improve safety for everyone on and near the roads:
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 that 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.
The Road to Zero
The 2019 Pedestrian Safety Action Plan is a key component in turning the Town’s Road to Zero commitment into a reality. This plan lays out strategies to address pedestrian safety concerns through policy, infrastructure, and programming. The Road to Zero Task Force advises implementation of the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan with a focus on equity, public engagement, safe routes to school, and data analysis. Read more: townofchapelhill.org/residents/transportation/bicycle-and-pedestrian/road-to-zero
With the days growing shorter and evenings being dark on travels later in the day, it is time to think about ways to travel more safely and efficiently. Remember to stay visible with clothing and lights as well as stay warm as the days grow cooler. Important also to know is that there are NC Bicycle Laws about lights as you cycle in the dark times of the day- check out the laws below.
AND . . . On November 10th, items for safer/easier traveling will be available at no charge at the Libba Cotten trail on Merritt Road from 4 – 6 p.m. Also available are coupons good between now and December 30th for 10% off select items in all of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro Bike Shops!
Seeing the streets of Chapel Hill from new perspective is always important as the Town is always looking and new street projects and older streets needing upgrades. Cycling the streets and seeing first hand what cyclists in the community experience, translates in to new ways of thinking regarding safety and getting about in Chapel Hill on a bicycle. Thank you to The Bicycle Chain for hosting the event including new experiences with electric bikes too! Go Chapel Hill!
Diversity in Cycling: Finding Your Bike Community webinar is meant to help people identify cycling communities in terms of individuals they connect with, whether by race, gender, sexual orientation, age, experience, disabilities, and type of riding. The hour-long webinar will include Itza Salazar – Triangle Bikeworks, Yevette Trotman – Black Girls Do Bike, and Debra Franklin – BikeWalkNC Board member. In addition, there will be 15 minutes at the end of the webinar for a Q&A.