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.
Recent Chapel Hill Mentions and Accolades
(1) NerdWallet recently published a list of the top 10 cities to raise a family in North Carolina and put Chapel Hill at #6:
Chapel Hill is a quintessential university town. It is home to 30,000 students, and benefits from all the cultural facets of college life: concert venues, plenty of fine-dining options and great shopping destinations are scattered around the city. While life may center around the university, jobs here are nevertheless diverse. BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina employs heavily here, even after moving down the road a few miles, and tech companies like USAT Corp. and RealTime Ops call this small city home.
(2) The Fiske Guide to Colleges last week released its annual list of public colleges that it's determined are a best buy for the 2013-14 year, based on considerations of affordability and academics. In no particular order -- UNC Chapel Hill is listed in the top ten! Huffington Post did a piece on it.
Close on the heels of UVA as the South's most prestigious public university. With more than 80 percent of the spots in each class reserved for in-staters, admission is next to impossible for out-of-staters who aren't 6'9" with a 43-inch vertical. But they keep trying by the thousands. Chapel Hill is the quintessential college town that is morphing into a medium-sized city.
(3) Atlantic published an article talking about our killer local food scene -- so good that chefs are leaving NYC to come here! How Locavores Are Killing Manhattan's Food Scene and Stealing Its Chefs.
(4) FoodRepublic.com named 5 Places to Drink Incredibly Well (and Local) in Chapel Hill (& Carrboro!)
(5) Now this is a few years old from Garden & Gun magazine -- but if you don't have it on your lists yet, add it!
City Portrait: Chapel Hill