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Watch for Me NC

The Town partners with Watch for Me NC, a comprehensive campaign aimed at reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists hit and injured in crashes with vehicles. The program is a collaborative effort with state and local transportation agencies with a focus on safety messages about road safety.

Chapel Hill Police Department

The Chapel Hill Police Department partners with the UNC Department of Public Safety, the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools and the NC Department of Transportation to provide public safety education and outreach. Uniformed police officers regularly conduct outreach events to engage with pedestrians and cyclists, passing out brochures with safety tips as a reminder to obey traffic laws, share the road and keep safe. Want to find out more, or to schedule a presentation? Contact Police Sgt. Celisa Lehew at 919-968-2760 or

Traffic Engineering

Traffic Engineering focuses on infrastructure including signal lights, pedestrian countdown signals, stop signs, speed limit signs, pedestrian crosswalks, medians, and bike lanes. Traffic controls – including signs, signal lights, and pavement markings – regulate the speed, volume, and flow of pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle traffic. The neighborhood traffic-calming program provides residents an opportunity to present a concern for traffic safety with respect to observed volume and speeds on neighborhood streets to study and evaluate measures to mitigate these concerns.

Transportation Planning

The Planning Department’s long-range transportation effort works to integrate considerations of bicyclists’ and pedestrians’ needs into all facets of transportation planning and programming. The division also coordinates with state and regional agencies to prepare and implement local and regional transportation plans, manages the transportation demand management program, and administers the sidewalk construction plan. Work is underway to create a more connected, bikeable community through the Bike Plan.

Communications and Public Affairs

Community engagement specialists assist with the public outreach efforts of all departments of the Town, as well as those of the NC Department of Transportation campaign "Watch for Me NC." Messages are dispersed throughout the year via the website, news releases, social media, occasional advertisements, and at festivals and special events.

Go Chapel Hill!

Go Chapel Hill helps determine ways to leave our cars at home and lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. The program encourages basic strategies to reduce our carbon footprint, save money, reduce traffic congestion and begin days in a healthier way. Best practices and information include bicycling, walking, carpooling, telework, transit and many other approaches to encourage healthy lifestyle and community.

Chapel Hill Transit

Chapel Hill Transit buses are equipped with sturdy exterior racks to the front. Each rack can hold two bicycles. Some safety tips include the following -- Always approach the bus from the curb. Never ride around to the front of a bus from the street side. Please don't wait in the street with your bike as the bus approaches. Before stepping in front of the bus to load your bike, make eye contact with the bus operator. Always load and unload your bicycle directly in front of the bus, or from the curb. After unloading your bike, never cross in front of the bus! Wait until it has left the stop.

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