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.
Speed Limit Reduced on Rosemary Street
The Chapel Hill Town Council approved the reduction from 25 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour on the entirety of Rosemary Street—east of North Boundary Street to the Carrboro Town Limits.
This reduction matches the speed limit on Franklin Street and Main Street in Carrboro. All 14 speed limit signs have been replaced and include orange flags to draw extra attention to the new speed limit; a digital display board at each end of the road will help educate people driving motor-vehicles of the reduction for the next two weeks.
The speed reduction will improve safety for all travelers along Rosemary Street. Other safety efforts include recent streetscape improvements and the addition of a buffered bike lane.
Did you know? More than 54,000 motor-vehicles use Rosemary Street in a one-week period when UNC-Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are in session. That number drops by more than half when school is out.
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