Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Chapel Hill Mobility Plan Needs Your Input
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Join us Sept. 6! Where do we need new bike lanes, sidewalks and improvements?
The Town of Chapel Hill wants your input in developing a Mobility and Connectivity Plan that will recommend sidewalk priorities, connections to significant destinations, close gaps in walkability, and encourage healthier and more active behavior in residents and visitors. Residents are asked to provide input on the plan’s goals and objectives, and its vision statement.
The next drop-in public input session will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Meeting Room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Drop in any time between from 4 and 7 p.m.
Don’t Want to Wait?
You can give your feedback right now. Visit townofchapelhill.org/mobilityplan to take the Mobility and Connectivity Plan survey and leave your feedback on our WikiMap.
About the Plan
Supporting a 2016 goal of the Town Council, the planning effort is being led by the Town of Chapel Hill Planning and Sustainability Department with Stewart Inc., an engineering, design and planning firm located in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte. The study will be an overall network exercise, looking at bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway connectivity throughout the Town. It is expected to be completed in 2017.
The plan will include a prioritized list of both short- and long-term projects to improve non-motorized transportation opportunities in Chapel Hill. It will complement existing adopted plans, including the Chapel Hill Bike Plan, and the Greenways Master Plan.
For more information, contact David Bonk, the Town of Chapel Hill’s Long Range and Transportation Planning Manager, at 919-969-5064 or email@example.com.
Mobility and Connectivity Plan Focus Areas/Plan Objectives
- Chapel Hill 2020 Focus Areas: This study will include the Future Focus Areas identified in the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan, as well as secondary focus areas including the schools and other destinations. The Future Focus Areas include:
Area 1: Downtown (including UNC Campus)
Area 2: North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./I-40
Area 3: South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./Homestead Road to Estes Drive
Area 4: Highway 54
Area 5: North 15-501
Area 6: South 15-501
Ephesus/Fordham Renewal District Subarea Plan: Created in 2014, this area will eventually be redeveloped as a walkable, mixed-use development. This study will create a specific plan for the area that will lead to improved walkability, safety and connectivity. The focus will be within the boundaries of the site along with the connections to the Town’s greenway, bicycle and transit systems.
Future Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridors and Stations: This study will include the North-South Corridor and the Durham-Orange LRT to find out where gaps exist in the current walkability network to and from stops. The long-term goal is for residents to only have to walk a half mile to their destinations from these LRT and BRT stations.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Inventory and Transition Plan: As part of the study and working with the Town’s Public Works Department and Chapel Hill Transit, an inventory and assessment of non-NCDOT intersections will be completed for ADA Compliance. The purpose of this Transition Plan is to create a pathway forward to increase mobility for individuals of all ages and abilities by recommending the following: connections that don’t currently exist, and upgrades to existing facilities such as sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, and crosswalks.