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Chapel Hill Launches Mobility and Connectivity Plan

Post Date:06/10/2016 3:58 PM

Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill?

The Town of Chapel Hill wants your input in developing a Mobility and Connectivity Plan that will recommend connections to significant destinations, close gaps in walkability, and encourage healthier and more active behavior in residents and visitors.
The Kickoff Public Input Session for the Mobility and Connectivity Plan will be held on Thursday, June 30, in Meeting Room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library. Drop in anytime between 3:30 and 7 p.m.
An important component in the planning process will be to have robust and consistent community engagement throughout the life of the project. In June, various pop-up meetings are being planned to survey people as they move around town, as follows:
  • Tuesday, June 21 – Pedestrians in the area of 140 West Plaza on Franklin Street will be surveyed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 22 – Chapel Hill Transit riders will be surveyed at times throughout the day
  • Wednesday, June 22 – Shoppers at Whole Foods will be surveyed from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 23 – Shoppers at Whole Foods will be surveyed from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, June 30 – Kickoff Public Input Session for Mobility and Connectivity Plan, 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library 
Supporting a 2016 goal of the Town Council, the planning effort is being led by the Town of Chapel Hill Planning and Sustainability Department with Stewart Inc., an engineering, design and planning firm located in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte.  The study will be an overall network exercise, looking at bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway connectivity throughout the Town. It is expected to be completed in 2017.

The plan will include a prioritized list of both short- and long-term projects to improve non-motorized transportation opportunities in Chapel Hill. It will complement existing adoped plans  including the Chapel Hill Bike Plan, and the Greenways Master Plan.   

For more information, contact David Bonk, the Town of Chapel Hill’s Long Range and Transportation Planning Manager, at 919-969-5064 or Learn more at


Mobility and Connectivity Plan Focus Areas/Plan Objectives:

1.  Chapel Hill 2020 Focus Areas: This study will include the Future Focus Areas identified in the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan, as well as secondary focus areas including the schools and other destinations. The Future Focus Areas include:

Area 1: Downtown (including UNC Campus)

Area 2: North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./I-40

Area 3: South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./Homestead Road to Estes Drive

Area 4: Highway 54

Area 5: North 15-501

Area 6: South 15-501

2.  Ephesus/Fordham Renewal District Subarea Plan: Created in 2014, this area will eventually be redeveloped as a walkable, mixed-use development. This study will create a specific plan for the area that will lead to improved walkability, safety and connectivity. The focus will be within the boundaries of the site along with the connections to the Town’s greenway, bicycle and transit systems.

3.  Future Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridors and Stations: This study will include the North-South Corridor and the Durham-Orange LRT to find out where gaps exist in the current walkability network to and from stops. The long-term goal is for residents to only have to walk a half mile to their destinations from these LRT and BRT stations.

4.  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Inventory and Transition Plan: As part of the study and working with the Town’s Public Works Department and Chapel Hill Transit, an inventory and assessment of non-NCDOT intersections will be completed for ADA Compliance. The purpose of this Transition Plan is to create a pathway forward to increase mobility for individuals of all ages and abilities by recommending the following: connections that don’t currently exist, and upgrades to existing facilities such as sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, and crosswalks.

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