New Bike Lanes for Sage Road

Post Date:11/11/2016 1:53 PM

Bike lanes on both sides of the roadway have come to Sage Road as part of a roadway resurfacing and restriping project to be completed this week.

Sage Road between Erwin Road and Highway 15-501 – about a half mile stretch – has changed to a three-lane road with one vehicular travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane, and buffered bike lanes. There are existing sidewalks on both sides of the road.

“We are taking the opportunity to change the striping as recommended in the Chapel Hill Bike Plan,” said Public Works Director Lance Norris. “Cyclists will now be able to travel on uninterrupted bike lanes from Weaver Dairy Road at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the intersection of 15-501.”

Currently in design stages, another planned public infrastructure project will extend bike lanes on both sides of the roadway along Old Durham Road from Highway 15-501 to Durham. These and other connections are identified within the Chapel Hill Bike Plan that includes projects being implemented all over town.  

The Sage Road project is part of the Town’s annual street resurfacing work that has targeted several streets --- including Market Street in Southern Village -- for improvements at a total cost of $684,000. Traffic impacts will be minimized with periodic lane closures and traffic flaggers between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m..

For more information on the project, contact Streets Maintenance Supervisor Greg Ling at or 919-969-5165

Improving Safety for People Who Walk and Wheel 
The Town of Chapel Hill is now completing a Mobility and Connectivity Plan that expands on the work of the Chapel Hill Bike Plan. It will recommend connections to significant destinations; close gaps in walkability; and improve bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway connectivity.

The Town of Chapel Hill is working on several fronts to improve safety for walkers and bikers with new flashing lights at mid-block crosswalks, sharrows with green boxes, safety signage and a step up in traffic education and enforcement. An interdepartmental staff group is tackling safety issues from many angles – from trimming hedges to ticketing people driving, walking or biking to enforce safe behaviors. They join efforts with community groups including the Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill (BACH).


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