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Abbey Road meets Rosemary Street: How are you getting around Chapel Hill?
Jonathan Drake for the Town of Chapel Hill
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The Chapel Hill Town Council on Monday celebrated community improvements enhancing pedestrian and bicycle safety in Getting Around Chapel Hill.
The Council gathered for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new colorful crosswalk located at the intersection of Rosemary and Henderson streets. They also posed for a photo fashioned after the Beatles album Abbey Road at the crosswalk. (Click the photo for a high-resolution version.)
Chapel Hill comes to life in warmer weather! March 20, the first day of spring, marks when an active community becomes even busier – teeming with people who walk, bike, run and wheel. Residents value the Town’s focus on “complete streets” that include traffic slowing measures, public transit, and safe walkways and bike lanes.
What’s a colorful crosswalk in Chapel Hill? A public arts committee solicited design ideas from area artists for new crosswalks. A basic test project was installed in March 2016 on Willow Drive off Estes Drive near University Place to monitor the durability of the paint through traffic, weather and regular maintenance. Now there are colorful crosswalks located on Rosemary Street at Henderson Street and also near the Shortbread Lofts, and on Cameron Avenue at Wilson Street near the entrance to Granville Towers. Two more colorful crosswalks are planned for Rosemary and Church streets, and Cameron Avenue and Raleigh Street in 2018.
Chapel Hill voters authorized $16.2 million in bonds funds in 2015 to repair, connect and construct sidewalks and bike lanes to improve connectivity and safety, and $5 million for construction of new trails and greenways. You can find information about these projects and many others aimed at improving getting around Chapel Hill at townofchapelhill.org/gettingaround.