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.
Residential Parking Permit Renewals Have Begun
If you live in a Town of Chapel Hill residential parking district, your parking permit is scheduled to expire on July 31. Applications for the 2017-2018 year will be accepted starting Monday, July 3.
Residents may apply if they live on a street where parking is prohibited and there is no practical way of parking off the street. The fee for a residential parking permit is $25 per year. Fees will be waived for those age 65 or older (proof of age must be provided).
Also available are 3-day and 14-day Temporary Residential Visitor Parking Permits. Temporary Residential Permits are available with proof of residency. Up to 10 three-day permits may be purchased in a year for $2 each. Up to five 14-day permits may be purchased each year for $10 each. Guest permits are still available for short-term parking of 24 hours or less within residential parking zones.
The Residential Parking Permit Program was created in 1978 and has since grown to include more than 15 neighborhoods. The program helps to manage parking in residential areas where nonresident parking is impacting the ability of residents to park. The goal is to protect and improve the quality of life and character in the neighborhood by reducing the amount of overflow parking, discouraging cut-through traffic and ensuring adequate parking spaces for the residents.
As part of the FY 2017-2018 Budget, the Town Council approved the following fee changes:
• The fee for on-street meter parking is now $1.75 per hour.
For more information, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/parking, download the brochure at www.townofchapelhill.org/home/showdocument?id=10216 or call 919-968-2758.