Chapel Hill Bike Friendly Community Silver – 2018!

The League of American Bicyclists has named Chapel Hill a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) at the silver level, an improvement from bronze.

“Chapel Hill is working to create a safer cycling environment and to make cycling a more convenient everyday choice,” said Bergen Watterson, the Town’s transportation planning manager. “We are especially pleased to see the improvement in our ranking, which reflects the staff work and public commitment toward this goal.”

The five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category and a no designation level – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. Only two communities in North Carolina are at the silver level – Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The designation level is for four years.

According to the Dec. 6, 2018, announcement letter: “This decision involved careful review of your application and supplemental materials, as well as consultation with local cyclists and bike advocates. As you know, this award is presented only to communities with strong commitments to bicycling.  You should be very proud of this accomplishment.”

About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program

The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs are generously supported by program partner Eco-Counter and by League Members. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit

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Chapel Hill Transit Winter Break Schedule December 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Chapel Hill Transit will make the following service schedule adjustments due to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill winter break schedule:

  • The weekday A-Limited morning trips (7:14–9:44 a.m.) will not operate Monday, December 17, 2018, through Friday, January 4, 2019, and will resume on Monday, January 7, 201​9.
  • The weekday NU route will not operate Monday, December 17, 2018, through Friday, January 4, 2019, and will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.
  • The weekend U and NU routes will not operate beginning Saturday, December 15, 2018, and will resume on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
  • Safe Ride routes will not operate beginning Thursday, December 13, 2018, and will resume on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the safety of students. For information on routes and schedules

Discover the Free Feeling-Great-Friday’s Starbucks Wooden Nickels Opportunity!

The Town of Chapel Hill is partnering with Starbucks Chapel Hill to encourage alternative transportation use to and from work in order to reduce traffic congestion while keeping the air and water clean!

How Can I Be Part of Go Chapel Hill Starbuck Live — Fast!?!

1.  Easy!  You x 3:  Discover alternative transportation 3 times in the next 12 months and tell us!

Savings & Value:  The average drive to work is 20 miles one way.  Proven results show that for each mile not driven, one pound of carbon emissions is saved from going into the air!  If you use alternative forms of transportation, just 3 times annually, and 30 others also leave their cars at home 3 times a year… this equals 1240 pounds of carbon emissions from entering the air that we breath!  Just think of the savings if this occurs monthly?

What Counts:  Walking, Bicycling, Skateboarding, Carpooling, Vanpooling, Transit and Telework!

Free Rewards!  If you agree to leave your car at home at least 3 times in the next 12 months, there are endless possibilities for you regarding benefits.  Immediately you can pick up a Starbucks Wooden Nickel for your efforts!  Even bigger, you can earn points to receive gift cards to Triangle restaurants and businesses!

2.  How To – “Starbucks Live!”Click the following link to register and begin immediately the Feeling Great Friday’s program to enjoy better health, cleaner air, Go Perk rewards and pick up a Starbucks Wooden Nickel worth $4 for Chapel Hill stores!

Sign-Up for Free Starbucks & Other Rewards!

Walk to School Day 2018 – Ephesus

After the Walk to School Proclamation, Mayor Pam Hemminger was invited to attend Ephesus Elementary School’s Walk to School Day October 10th event where hundreds of students and parents walked and biked to school.  Coordinated by Kristie Thompson, the day began for all students with many smiles and much laughter as the students prepared to begin their school day!  Go Chapel Hill!

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