Chapel Hill Kicks Off Month-Long Safety Campaign with Phone Free Friday

Post Date:03/01/2018 9:00 AM

The Bike/Ped Team meets weekly to discuss construction
projects that will impact getting around Chapel Hill. The team
also responds to questions from the community that may
include observed unsafe conditions or requested
infrastructure improvements.

Temperatures are rising and everyone’s out and getting around Chapel Hill.

”With more people walking and biking around our beautiful community, and in light of recent events, we recognize the importance of drawing more attention to travel safety,” said Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “We’re taking this opportunity to further educate our residents and visitors on best practices for safely traveling through our community. We’ll be doing so in addition to our normal enforcement practices throughout town.”

“We have received an outpouring of concern for safety for the pedestrians in our community and—with that concern—many requests for improvements,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. “A group of town staff members representing many of our departments meet once a week to discuss ways to improve travel throughout our community and will be discussing these requests and other ways to continue improving travel safety in our community.”

Throughout the month of March you will see an education campaign focused on these efforts. The campaign will kick off Friday, March 2, with #PhoneFreeFriday. We’re asking everyone who travels—regardless of your method—to put your phone completely away while you’re traveling to experience how little you miss in that time away from your device. This behavior will encourage you to keep your eyes on the road or your head up looking for traffic as you’re attempting to cross the street. Then you can carry that behavior beyond Friday and make it a regular practice.

Additional messages throughout March will be shared on the Chapel Hill Police Department’s social media channels ( and each week will be documented in Chapel Hill eNews (sign up at

How Do I Communicate with the Town?
You can always email your comments or suggestions to Those comments will be forwarded to the appropriate staff members for consideration and response. You can also call the Town’s main phone number, 919-968-2743, and ask to speak with someone about your inquiry or issue.

Getting Around Chapel Hill
Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience – including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways, traffic calming and more. For more information, visit And, for a weekly digest of all Town news, sign up for Chapel Hill eNews at or by sending a request to

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Follow @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillPD and #CHTraffic for the latest traffic news.


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