Lighten Up Chapel Hill!

The days are shorter and light less outside now and with this comes less visibility.  If cycling or walking be sure that others see you by making sure to add lights to the front and back of your clothes or bicycles.  The more light, the more likely you will be seen and the safer you could be while walking and cycling.

Local bicycle stores are offering a 10% coupon good through the end of December 2019!  Pick up a Lighten Up Coupon including some of the NC Bike and Pedestrian Laws along with the coupon at local bicycle stores and Chapel Hill Town Hall!

Go Chapel Hill… Lighten Up for More Safe Cycling and Walking!

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Chapel Hill Town Staff Cycle Streets

The Town Staff  took to the streets in Chapel Hill to get new perspective on just how easy or not-so-easy the streets are to navigate as a cyclist.  Staff noticed bike lanes could be added, lines re-painted,  and some bike lanes being used as loading zones.  Staff also tested bicycles and noted differences in riding regular bicycles and electric bicycles including navigation, quick take off, weight and ease of loading a bike on bus with each type of bicycle.

Steps will now be considered for scheduling re-striping of faded lines, location of possible new bicycle lanes, need for bollards to protect bike lanes from being used in loading zones and other observations for improvements.


FestiFall Chapel Hill Transit Route Detour

Chapel Hill Transit’s CW and D routes will be detoured on Saturday, Oct. 12 for Chapel Hill’s annual Art Festival FestiFall.

Franklin Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Columbia Street to Merritt Mill Road, closing stops on Franklin Street in between.

Route CW will serve stops along Rosemary Street in both directions on Saturday.

Route D towards Greenbridge will turn onto Columbia Street and use Cameron Avenue to travel to Merritt Mill Road. Route D towards Eastowne will use Rosemary Street to travel to Columbia Street; the route will then continue it’s normal route along Franklin Street.

Come enjoy delicious and perfect cupcakes to celebrate 45 years of Chapel Hill Transit.  Enjoy these tasty treats and then reach into a perfect gift to receive a birthday gift from CHT to YOU!  Take time to have a few minutes with friends watching how to load a bike onto a bus or find out the best routes to where you want to go.  Whatever you do, it will be a great morning for Chapel Hill Transit because YOU WILL BE THERE!

Just gotta love a bus, especially a fare-free one that is a perfect BLUE!!! See you at the party on October 1st from 10 – Noon on Franklin Street, at the bus stop just down from Carolina Coffee!

Bday Ticket

Come to the CHT 45th Party!

Chapel Hill 1819/2019: 45 Years of Chapel Hill Transit

It has been 45 years since Chapel Hill Transit began providing transportation to the public under the stewardship of former Mayor Howard Lee and in partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill.  On Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Chapel Hill Public Library the first of several celebrations kicked off CHT’s 45th.

To celebrate the occasion, the Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Transit hosted a 45th anniversary celebration with an amazing lineup of speakers that included Mayor Lee, who is largely responsible for starting the transit system. 

The next celebration is planned for Friday, September 27th on Franklin Street at the transit stop near Carolina Coffee from 10 a.m. – Noon with cake and birthday gifts for everyone!

The Town of Chapel Hill is celebrating “200 Hundred Years of Getting Better, Together” with a series of programs, projects, commemorations, and celebrations. Town and community partners will host events through the end of the year to celebrate the 200th birthday of our Town government.

“On November 20, 1819, the North Carolina General Assembly appointed the Town’s first Commissioners, establishing local government in Chapel Hill,” explained Mayor Pam Hemminger. “Now, 200 years later, it is exciting to look back through our history to recognize the people, places, and events that have shaped the community we are today.”  

To see what the current program offerings are, or to submit an idea for an event, visit the series website at Find local government history at