Cycle North Carolina Bringing 1,000 People to Chapel Hill

Post Date:09/21/2017 11:41 AM

The Town of Chapel Hill was selected as one of eight stops along the 19th Annual Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride this year, which will bring more than 1,000 people to Chapel Hill Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 3 and 4.

The Mountains to Coast Ride is the highlight of the year for many people who ride bicycles. People representing 39 states, the District of Columbia and three countries ranging from ages eight to 86 will ride at least one leg, including Town staff.

The route begins in Jefferson and concludes in Swansboro, with Chapel Hill serving as the finish line of the third leg of the journey.

Safety along the Route
The Chapel Hill Police Department will be staged at strategic points along the route within Town limits to allow people riding bicycles and people driving motor vehicles the safest opportunities to share the road at busy intersections and areas with low visibility.

If you can avoid the inbound route from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, and the outbound route from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, it will increase the safety of the people riding as well as limiting any travel delays you may experience. If you plan to travel along those routes, please plan ahead, use caution and watch out for abnormally heavy traffic at times.

Inbound Route | Tuesday, Oct. 3
Participants will travel along Dairyland Road through Orange County with a stop at Maple View Farms. The route will continue on Homestead Road in unincorporated Calvander with the final stop for the day at Homestead Park where participants will be greeted by Special Olympics participants.

Outbound Route | Wednesday, Oct. 4
The route will begin on the Chapel Hill Greenway that connects to Homestead Park. Participants will enter the road on Vintage Drive in the Vinyard Square and Parkside neighborhoods. The route will continue on Weaver Dairy Road Extension onto Old Larkspur Way through the Larkspur and Chapel Watch neighborhoods, once again utilizing a Chapel Hill Greenway which connects to Eubanks Road. Participants will use Eubanks Road to travel into Durham County on their way to the final destination for day four, Knightdale.

Getting Around
Participants and guests will be using Chapel Hill Transit to get to downtown Chapel Hill for dinner and entertainment, and some will be staying in one of four hotels in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Extra buses will be added to the NS route to accommodate the additional people riding the bus.

Homestead Park as well as the Seymour Senior Center will serve as base camp for the Chapel Hill stop on the Mountains to Coast Ride. The Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department will reserve the first bay of parking spaces at the Aquatics Center for people who are swimming. The remaining parking spaces will be used for the event.

More Information
Registration for the Mountains to Coast Ride is closed. For more information about the ride, visit

For information about Town services in connection with this event, contact Linda Smith at or 919-968-2849.

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