A bike and pedestrian artery for our community

Given that development plans have slowed, one of the more immediate remaining questions about Carolina North is how people will get there.  The Town of Chapel Hill has been studying the issue of how to best move pedestrians and bicycles, especially. They held several public meetings, and this week they released a recommendation.  I'm very happy to see the town staff favored Route A, which uses Cameron Avenue, the Libba Cotton bike path, and the right of way around the rail line as it goes north from Carrboro to the Horace Williams tract. (See map below.)

Campus to Campus Connector walk

Via e-mail...

On Saturday March 27 at noon at Caribou Coffee downtown Chapel Hill, the Campus to Campus Bike Connector group will lead a walk of a potential bike route to connect UNC campus with Carolina North.    For more information, see

Please note that there is a walk of the middle route(connection through Northsdie) planned for this Saturday, March 27. All folks interested in walking the route with CCBC and gaining insight on route conditions are welcome.  

Meet us at NOON (12pm)at Caribou Coffee on Franklin (near Columbia)...or as the old-timers know it, Hagen-Daaz/He's Not Here courtyard across from the Baptist Church downtown.

Walk time is estimated to be about 1 hour. 


Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 8:00am


Caribou Coffee, West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Campus to Campus Connector follow-up workshop

Via e-mail...

Please Join Us for a Follow-up Workshop!

Topic:    Campus to Campus Connector 

When:   April 15, 2010 5:30-7:00 PM

Where:  Magnolia Conference Room


               103 Airport Drive

Chapel Hill NC  27514


This meeting will be an opportunity to show the data, photographs and information collected on the routes that were suggested at our December 1, 2009 workshop.  The materials from that meeting are on the website


We are evaluating potential locations for a greenway and bike path connection between the Carolina North campus and the Main UNC Campus.  We are seeking a pathway that is not located within the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. roadway and that avoids steep grades where feasible.  It may include existing or planned greenways for a portion of the route.


There will be a brief introduction by Town and University staff to share the data collected to date.

The majority of the workshop will be spent in an open session, getting feedback from the attendees.


You are welcome to use the maps & checklists we used and to bring your own photographs and information to the session.  We want to hear what you think!


If you have a question for the Town, call The Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department at:  (919) 968-2728


If you have a question for the University, contact Jill Coleman at  

You may also send comments to 


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Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 1:30pm


Magnolia Conference Room, 103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill

Sidewalks for Estes?

A few years ago, the voters of Carrboro approved a couple million dollar bond issue to build sidewalks in various locations around Carrboro. One of the projects on the list was a sidewalk on the south side of Estes Drive Extension from the railroad tracks to North Greensboro Street.  But the sidewalk bond money has not gone as far as people had hoped. Considerably higher engineering, materials, labor, drainage and utility-relocation costs have cropped up and we will not be able to build the entire original list of sidewalks with the bond money. Also, in the intervening years, the Town annexed neighborhoods on the west side of Rogers Road and it became apparent that Rogers Road was a place that needed a sidewalk, but had not been on the list before because it was not within town limits.

Orange Unified Transportation Board survey

The Orange Unified Transportation Board has initiated a survey about transportation in Orange County.  More information is below.

We need YOUR input! Orange County is working with the NC Department of Transportation, the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Orange Unified Transportation Board to create a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) for the County. It will recommend improvements for highways, public transportation, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities over the next 25 to 30 years. Although the CTP does not schedule or fund improvements, it is an essential tool in guiding the safe and effective use of the County's transportation system. The purpose of this survey is to obtain your opinions and identify transportation issues that are important to the citizens, businesses, and officials of Orange County.



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