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Chapel Hill makes road improvements for bicyclists, pedestrians

Posted November 13, 2014

— New road markings that indicate high-risk areas for bicycle traffic were added to two Chapel Hill roadways Thursday.
Town officials say the markings are meant to guide bicyclists to the best place to ride on the road and to remind drivers to share the road with cyclists.
Ransom and Church streets are the first to receive the markings. Green boxes called sharrows now indicate areas of the two streets where bicyclists commute most.
Unlike bicycle lanes, sharrows don’t designate a particular part of the street exclusive to bicyclists use.
Officials say drivers and bicyclists should still follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows.
Chapel Hill public works crews also made changes to two other roadways.
Four mid-block crosswalks on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and East Franklin Street have been upgraded to flash only when activated by pedestrians. There will no longer be a continual flashing light because the new push-button system will flash only when pedestrians are using the crosswalks.


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  • Classified Nov 14, 2014

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    For those that use a bike along with a bus to commute.

  • John Ragan Nov 14, 2014
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    I love when cyclo-terrorist come to the northern part of Orange Co. I so enjoy giving them a country welcome

  • dirtydozen431 Nov 14, 2014

    Why are there bicycle racks on public busses.

  • Classified Nov 14, 2014

    In a nutshell both parties need to follow the rules of the road and while most cyclists, also being drivers, know the laws in regards to cars most motorists do NOT know the law in regards to cyclist. For instance cyclists have the LEGAL right to use the entire lane and in some cases it provides for the safety of both the cyclist and the motorist. North Carolina Bicycle and Pedestrian Laws should be required reading for motorist as it would provide insight as to how cyclist are both allowed and required to operate, I’m sure most would be surprised as to how the bicycle is viewed in regards to law. Check it out. http://www.ncdot.gov/bikeped/download/bikeped_laws_guidebook-full.pdf

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 14, 2014

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    "should be held to higher standards."

    they already are.

  • LocalYokel Nov 14, 2014

    How about some law enforcement action against cars? I would like to see car drivers ticketed for dangerously passing cyclists, not yielding to cyclists, speeding, and aggressive driving. Not that cyclists shouldn't obey the law, but cars are much more lethal than bikes and should be held to higher standards.

    That's the least Chapel Hill could do to support better transportation methods. Overall not that impressive but it's a nice start.

  • Sean Creasy Nov 14, 2014
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    The biggest improvement they could make is enforcing traffic laws on bicyclists and teaching people to look before they cross the street. These two key points are the main contributing factors of why there are so many people getting run over. Bicyclists running red lights, riding in the middle of the road instead of the bike lane, not yielding right of way when turning left, and not signaling when turning, texting or surfing the internet and not paying attention while crossing streets and roads, but WE drivers are to blame. SMH...

  • Gary Lasereyes Nov 14, 2014

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    I just cant take anyone seriously who wear spandex

  • dpardueatc Nov 14, 2014

    I agree 100% Smokin. The focus seems to be all on cars sharing the road with cyclists, but no focus whatsoever on cyclists sharing the road with cars. It might be a good idea for local law enforcement to erect signs indicating that cyclists are also subject to tickets if they too do not abide by the rules of the road. Not all cyclist injuries/deaths on public roads are the result of negligent drivers.

  • welfarequeen Nov 13, 2014

    Gosh I love living in Chapel Hill!!!!!