Chapel Hill Planners, Police and Public Works Staff Take Bike Tour

Post Date:10/17/2016 1:22 PM

To experience firsthand what's going well and not so well in Chapel Hill's growing bicycle infrastructure, about a dozen Town of Chapel Hill staff members took a five-mile bike tour on Oct. 5, 2016.

Hosted by the Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill (BACH) and Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, the ride began at Back Alley Bikes in Carrboro and meandered down Merritt Mill Road to Cameron Avenue and through campus, through Chapel Hill's downtown, and then onto Rosemary Street.

The Town got high marks for painted sharrows on roadways, new bike lanes and signalized crosswalks.  Areas noted to improve are better connectivity, more wayfinding signs, and to remove parking spaces that interrupt bike lanes. 

"We're definitely making improvements, but there's still more to do," said John Rees of BACH. "We hope this gave you a heightened sense of what it's like to ride these streets."

Chapel Hill has engaged the community over the past few months to create a new Mobility and Connectivity Plan that will recommend sidewalk priorities, connections to significant destinations, close gaps in walkability, and encourage healthier and more active behavior.  Chapel Hill voters approved $16.2 million in bond funds last November to build new streets and sidewalks with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety.

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