Improving safety for people who walk and bike on Rosemary Street

Post Date:12/22/2016 4:35 PM
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A striping plan that meets both bicycling and business interests has been approved for Rosemary Street, following Town of Chapel Hill meetings with cycling and business owners.

Town Manager Roger Stancil said on Thursday: “The following has been endorsed unanimously and I have authorized Public Works to proceed with the striping of Rosemary Street accordingly.  We all agree on the importance of monitoring this design and making future decisions based on the data we collect.”

“We appreciate the time and energy all invested in resolving this issue.”

Striping Proposal (unanimously endorsed by representatives from Rosemary Street businesses, Downtown Partnership, and members of BikeChapelHill)

1. Restriping of Rosemary Street:

  • No bike lanes, either side of street, from Henderson St. to Columbia St., with reverse center turn lane into parking lots/decks and businesses
  • Continuous bike lane north side of W. Rosemary  St. just west of the Columbia St. intersection to Merritt Mill Rd (Carrboro)
  • Bike lane south side of Rosemary from Merritt Mill Rd (Carrboro) east to Roberson. Bike lane interrupted by Eight On-Street Parking spots and Loading Zone on south side of Rosemary between Roberson St. and Mitchell Ln. Bike lane continued from just east  of Mitchell Ln. to the beginning of the left turn lane at the intersection of Columbia. Sharrows in travel lane where parking and loading zone is proposed
  • Loss of turn lanes at Church and Roberson Streets.  Add signal phasing to permit left turn/straight arrows westbound on Rosemary at Roberson 

2. Schedule for striping:

  • Painting of crosswalks on Rosemary St., weather-permitting, to begin as early as December 22, 2016
  • Painting of bike lanes and parking spots to begin, weather-permitting the early January 2017

3. Monitoring and Re-evaluating – striping pattern on Rosemary St. will be monitored and re-evaluated over next two years measuring:

  • Safety – pedestrian, bike and vehicular
  • Connectivity
  • Traffic flow, with emphasis on safe and efficient movement through intersections and past parking/loading zones
  • Public parking
  • Productivity

4. Evaluate data and jointly design permanent marking

Colorful Crosswalks
Chapel Hill’s multimodal infrastructure and commitment to public art will also be advanced with the installation of art crosswalks on Rosemary and Henderson streets, and midblock on Rosemary Street in the vicinity of Shortbread Lofts. The Town will schedule the work at the same time the contractor proceeds with installation of the art crosswalks on Cameron Avenue at the offset intersection of Wilson Street and Granville Towers.

Overview 01_Mary Carter Taub-body
Rosemary at Henderson streets
Click to enlarge | Designed by Mary Carter Taub
Rosemary Street near Shortbread Lofts
Click to enlarge | Designed by Lope Max Diaz


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