Chapel Hill Bike Plan

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The Town of Chapel Hill is developing a new Bicycle Master Plan that will help design the future biking environment of Chapel Hill. The Bike Plan is a blueprint for how Chapel Hill can build infrastructure, change policies and implement programs to create a place where bicycling is a safe, modern and connected form of transportation for all residents, workers and visitors. The Town Planning Department is heading up the planning, following up on last year’s Chapel Hill 2020 process where creating more transportation options in Town was one of the plan’s Big Ideas.

Over the next nine months, Town planners, working with a bicycle planning consultant, will listen to community members and other stakeholders, research current bicycling conditions, and apply national best practices to develop the Bike Plan. We will listen to why and where people do and don’t yet bike in Chapel Hill. We will ask for feedback through this website and through two major public meetings in May and September to help build a community vision for bicycling in Chapel Hill.

A Steering Committee will provide ongoing feedback that represents bicycle advocacy organizations, bicycle businesses, the NC Department of Transportation, and community institutional partners such as UNC and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.The Plan does not start from scratch and will build on the 2012 Greenways Master Plan and will integrate with planning for light rail, bus rapid transit, and new development throughout Town.Stay informed by joining our email list, liking the Bike Plan on Facebook, or following the Bike Plan on Twitter.

2 thoughts on “Chapel Hill Bike Plan

  1. Lynne Kane says:

    While acknowledging the necessity to develop a variety of bike plans with public input, I have a strong opposition to throwing money away on bike lanes on our already-inadequate roads BECAUSE there are many bike-ped paths off-road in existence and particularly planned for the Carolina North property to connect with the main campus. Please, please put existing and newly-available funds into connecting the paths we already have to serve both pedestrians and bicyclists.
    As a frequent pedestrian, I cross 3-4-lane roads frequently. I respect the pressures vehicle traffic is already under, so I never push a button for pedestrian-stop-of-traffic. I wait for a light to stop traffic on one side of a multi-lane road, cross to the mid-road island, wait for the other side of the multi-lane road traffic to stop and cross to the other side of the street. Bicyclists must get over their self-righteous (or self-indulgent) complaints about how hard it is to ride in traffic, especially to make a left turn. Get OFF your bike, walk to the center median, wait, then walk your bike to the other side. Create your own safety.
    I heard one woman complain about bikes being dangerous on our sidewalks, & I have had a few experiences with bikes having no horn or bell or not using any sound to pass me as I am walking on a sidewalk. A sound-warning device should be required on all bicycles so they can use the sidewalks (which I prefer even as a pedestrian) with respect for others on the sidewalk.
    I see very few bicyclists even on the UNC campus, but when I see a rare bicyclist at night, the bike usually does not have a light or reflectors, and often the rider is wearing dark clothing. Again, bikers should be instructed to create their own safety.
    Bikes on 2-lane roads are especially dangerous to themselves and vehicles, because as a driver pulls to the left to avoid a bike, another driver coming in the other direction may be veering close to the middle or avoiding something else, threatening a head-on collision that could even involve the bike rider.
    Bottom line: vehicle drivers will not come out to public meetings to say they hate bicycles using our inadequate roads, but they say so privately to each other. Meanwhile, we have the start of off-road bike-ped paths, and we should spend our constrained public money to connect these NOT to put in bike lanes on streets.
    It was particularly impressive to hear the females presenter Oct. 24 say she bikes all over Washington, DC. Of course, Wash.DC has a grid pattern of roads, wide roads to accommodate the traffic to a national capital. Chapel Hill has curving hilly roads that require extra vigilance to vehicle drivers. Let’s be realistic in developing a bike plan.

  2. Sara says:

    More greenways would be helpful. With young children, we no longer bike the roads because that’s too dangerous for little bikers or bike trailers. This is sad because we used to bike for transportation all the time.

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