Chapel Hill makes road improvements for bicyclists, pedestrians
Posted November 13, 2014
Chapel Hill, N.C. — 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.