Mayor Pam Hemminger Encourages Cycling – Enjoy & Have Fun!
How DO I put a bicycle onto a bus anyways?!!
Come and try May 21st!
Town of Chapel Hill Ordinance
Prohibit Improper Opening of Vehicle Door
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 21 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PROHIBIT IMPROPER OPENING OF VEHICLE DOOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE VISION ZERO RESOLUTION (2022-05-04/O-3) WHEREAS, on October 13, 2021, the Council adopted a Vision Zero Resolution (2021-10- 13/R-2) that commits to eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries; and WHEREAS, ensuring safety of vulnerable road users supports this policy.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill as follows: Section 1. That Chapter 21, Article IV of the Code of Ordinances, Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is hereby amended by adding a new section Sec. 21-20.7 to read as follows:
“Sec. 21-20.7 – Improper opening or leaving open of vehicle door. (a) No person shall open any door of a motor vehicle unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of moving traffic, including pedestrians and bicycles on sidewalks or shoulders. Nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers. (b) Criminal penalties. Violation of any provision of this section shall be enforceable as a criminal offense and punishable as a misdemeanor, in accordance with N.C.G.S. 14- 4, and shall subject the violator to a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days.” Section 2.
This ordinance is effective the 4th day of May, 2022.
Town of Chapel Hill’s NEW CLASS
Introduction to Mountain Biking – At Little River Regional Park
Beginner Level: Explore the trails like never before! In this program, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to get started with mountain biking, including riding techniques, etiquette and communication, safety, positioning, braking, climbing, descending, and navigating obstacles. This program is for participants who are comfortable riding a bike on flat surface. No problem if you don’t have the equipment! We’ve got you covered with a bike and helmet, but you’re welcome to bring your own.
Drop off/Pick Up Location: Little River Regional Park: 301 Little River Park Way, Rougemont
Ages 12+ $30 R, $36 NR Aug. 6 Sat 8:30-11:30 a.m. #310330-A
Link to register is: Register For New Mountain Biking Class Today!
Do You Know – Check Out These Quiz Questions!
BikeWalk NC’s NC Bicycle Safety Quiz
Local Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC events – Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Chapel Hill – Carrboro Bicycle Events May & June
I Love My BikeCarrboro Ride: May 1 7 p.m. – Carrboro Town Hall
Bike & Roll to School Day: May 4 7 a.m. – Chapel Hill – Carrboro Schools
May the Wheels Be With You!: May 4 11 – 1 p.m. – UNC Polk Place
Beginner Road Ride: May 4 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – The ReCYCLEry
Cycling With Carrboro’s Mayor: May 10 8 a.m. – Carrboro Town Hall
Bicycles, Sweet-Ice & Bike Rack Art : May 14 1 – 3 p.m. – Chapel Hill Community Center
Bike On Bus Demo Workshop : May 14 9 a.m. – Noon – Carrboro Farmer’s Market
Bike Breakfast: May 17 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Carrboro Libba Cotten Trail
Bike On Bus Demo Workshop: May 21 9 – Noon – Chapel Hill Farmers Mkt
Driving with Cyclists Workshops: May 26 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. – Attend to receive a 1-Yr Bike/Walk NC Membership Register at email@example.com
Children’s Bike-to-Market Day: May 25 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Carrboro’s Farmer’s Market (Free Tune Up)
JUNE 10 – Vets on the Move Salute: 6 p.m. – Hargraves Community Center – The Huegerich Ride
No Charge Bike Inspections: May 1 – 31 Daytime All CH-C Bicycle Shops
Bike Movie Nights: Saturdays 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – The Beer Study
Open Bicycle Workshops: 1st & 3rd Sat/Sun 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The ReCYCLEry
Go With A Buddy – The First Trip Can Be Tricky
Taking that first trip is sometimes tricky when not being familiar with how to get from here to there. Chapel Hill offers a way to get to know that new way to get about by bicycle, bus, walk or telework for work. A buddy can offer information on what is the best beginning of that new way for work. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Note: During the COVID 19 pandemic, the program is temporarily waiting regarding the travel buddy, BUT the no charge travel package is available for order as well as other information and assistance.
Go Buddy Basics
1. Concerned About An Emergency?
- Set up a free account at Emergency Ride Home for Triangle Area
- If an emergency arises and you need to arrive home immediately (or you get sick or twist an ankle, etc.) go to the website to get a Zero Charge Ride Home
- Once the account is set up, just call the number and a taxi will come to you at NO CHARGE and take you anywhere you need to go for any REAL emergency!
2. What About My Best Route?
- Go Chapel Hill provides Individualized Route Planning assistance, Bike Maps, NC Bicycle Laws, safety equipment such as lights, bells or whistles, as well as other useful bicycle gear.
- Once COVID 19 is managed, a buddy for riding to work for a few days, will begin providing ways to feel more comfortable when riding on the roads of Chapel Hill. To be part of the Go Buddy Bicycle program, email email@example.com for more information
3. Are There Any Incentives?
A: Earn Points Towards Drawings Year-Round
- Set up an account atShare the Ride NC – Go Perks Regional Program
- Log in all bicycle use (as well as telework, transit, walk, carpool)
- At end of month, enter total points for specific gift card drawing of your choice
B: Coffee Commute Club – Starbucks Wooden Nickel
- Join Commute Birthday Benefits at the Go Chapel Hill Website
- Use your bicycle or other forms of alternative transportation 4 times annually
- Receive a Wooden Nickel for a free drink at Starbucks
4. How Do I Find Out About Current or New Information?
For up to date information follow Go Chapel Hill at
- Twitter @GoChapelHill
- Instagram Go Chapel Hill
- Facebook Go Chapel Hill (.org)
- Facebook Joe – Switching Gears Duck (youth information)
- Website GoChapelHill.org
Go Buddy – Transit
Chapel Hill Transit System has masks available for anyone that rides Chapel Hill Transit and there is limited ridership per bus in order to make sure there is distance for all riding. For information regarding Chapel Hill Transit, routes & schedules and how to ride transit, can be found online. There is no fare upon entry to the buses – a Zero Fare System!
Scheduled for 2021, the Go Buddy program should begin.
How Do I Ride on a Chapel Hill Transit Bus: How to Ride Guide
General Information: Chapel Hill Transit General Information
Routes & Schedule: Chapel Hill Transit Routes and Schedules
Where To Park and Ride CHT: Park & Ride
EZ Rider (para-transit service) is a demand-response, shared ride service providing origin-to-destination (generally means door to door) service on an advance reservation basis. EZ Rider transports individuals who are unable to use the fixed route system (some or all of the time) due to a disability in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). EZ Rider uses lift-equipped vehicles serving the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro and surrounding areas within ¾ of a mile of the fixed-route bus system. For more information regarding para-transit- EZ Rider Service
Go Buddy – Bike
- Go Chapel Hill provides Individualized Route Planning assistance, Bike Maps, NC Bicycle Laws, safety equipment such as lights, bells or whistles, as well as other useful bicycle gear. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for this package of information.
- Once COVID 19 is managed, a buddy for riding to ride for a few days, will begin to provide ways to feel more comfortable when riding on the roads of Chapel Hill. To be part of the Go Buddy Bicycle program, email email@example.com for more information
- To be part of the the Go Buddy Bike program, it is important to receive several trainings following.
Training Part I: To Be Part of the Go Buddy Bike program please view the following required video and answer a quick set of questions based on info learned in the following video. Answer a Few Questions About the Video
2. Bike on Bus Practice Rack & Fix It Station
- To learn how to load a bicycle onto a bus check out the practice rack on Franklin Street in front of Carolina Coffee Shop next to the CHT Bus Stop
- For access to bicycle adjustment tools for quick adjustment, check out the Fix-It Station across from the Bus Practice Rack
- Be sure to wear, mask, gloves, wash hands and use hand sanitizer before and after use
Training Part II: Please watch the following video and send 2 lessons learned to firstname.lastname@example.org .
2. Bicycle Training Videos
Training Part III: As part of Go Buddy Bike training, please watch at least 5 of following videos and send 2 lessons learned from each of the five videos to email@example.com
End of Go Buddy Trainings
Ribbon Your Bicycle
. . . As a thank you to the front line heroes taking care of the community!
Use ribbons, flags, streamers or anything that Will Show Thanks and post an image of your bicycle on Twitter and Instagram #GoChapelHillSalutetoHeros!
Bicycle Month 2020
Bike Picture Or Art Contest
Age Group- 12 years & under, 13 – 17, 18 & above!
Get You Name in the Hat for Gift Card Drawings!
1. Take a picture of a bicycle (you can be on the bike if you like)… OR, Draw a picture of a decorated bicycle.
2. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org with understanding that submissions could be posted on Social Media!
3. Include your name, age, email and phone number
4. Drawings on June 1st – Winners will be notified by email and some pictures will be posted on the GoChapelHill.org webpage.
Great Ideas To Enjoy Bike to School Day – Practicing
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 email@example.com
3- TALK: Hold a five-minute interview with family members about their experience walking or biking. Tag with #GoChapelHill and send to firstname.lastname@example.org . Look into online resources and biking and walking activities encouraged by your state or community transportation departments and advocacy groups
Chapel Hill Receives Silver Bike Friendly Community Designation
The League of American Bicyclists has named Chapel Hill a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) at the silver level, an improvement from bronze.
“Chapel Hill is working to create a safer cycling environment and to make cycling a more convenient everyday choice,” said Bergen Watterson, the Town’s transportation planning manager. “We are especially pleased to see the improvement in our ranking, which reflects the staff work and public commitment toward this goal.”
The five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category and a no designation level – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. Only two communities in North Carolina are at the silver level – Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The designation level is for four years.
According to the Dec. 6, 2018, announcement letter: “This decision involved careful review of your application and supplemental materials, as well as consultation with local cyclists and bike advocates. As you know, this award is presented only to communities with strong commitments to bicycling. You should be very proud of this accomplishment.”
About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partner Eco-Counter and by League Members. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA
Chapel Hill is committed to increasing bicycling in the community through the improvement of streets, bike lanes and greenways within the Town’s jurisdiction. The Town Council adopted the Bicycle Plan in 2014 and in November 2015 Chapel Hill voters approved a $16.2 million bond measure which includes funding for bike lanes, greenways and other streetscape improvements that will improve biking and walking throughout Chapel Hill. More information about the Chapel Hill Bike Plan can be found here.
We have bike and pedestrian counters along 5 of our greenways. The data collected so far is just one number but soon we we will be able to report who is on 2 feet and who is on 2 wheels.
Go enjoy your greenways! We want you to help us make these numbers increase.
Too far to bike? Consider bike and busing it!
Did you know that all Chapel Hill buses are equipped to carry two bicycles? GoTriangle, too!
Check out a “how to” video below and learn more about this program
Be sure to prepare yourself and know the rules of the road before heading out on your bike. Below are some resources that will help turn you into the savvy commuter you have always wanted to be:
- League of American Bicyclists – Tips for riding your bicycle in traffic, on bicycle trails, and off-road.
- Bicycle Information Center– Take initiative and learn how you can make your neighborhood safer for bicycles.
- Highway Safety Research Center– Bicycle safety and access tips, links and information.