Bike to School Day – May 9th

2012 marks the first-ever National Bike to School Day.  Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro encourages students and parents to ride bicycles to school this Wednesday, May 9th, for this first Bike to School Day!  Bike to School Day is a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.

Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Schedule a little extra time into your day Wednesday morning and ride with the students to school on bicycles… leave your car and home and in doing so the air will be a little cleaner, there will be less traffic congestion and our community and selves will be a bit healthier too!

Bike to School Day, May 9th — Driving Less, Feeling Great!

Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro — May Bicycle Events Schedule


Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt Proclaims May as Bike Month in Chapel Hill!


4                 Go Chapel Hill Discussion Bus  – Take the Chapel Hill Transit NS Route 8:40 am bus from Eubanks Park & Ride Lot with the Mayor on May 5th for informal discussion/brainstorming regarding cycling and other alternative transportation issues in the community.

5                 Carrboro’s Bike & Bus Workshop:  Carrboro Farmer’s Markets

7-11           Mini Bike Training School Presentations:  Spoke ‘n Revolution – Carrboro Elementary School

9                 International Bike to School Day:  Students and parents are encouraged to try cycling to school wearing safety helmets and remembering all safe cycling rules of the road.

15               Go CH – Carrboro Bike Workshop and Breakfast – Carrboro Municipal Lot  Information regarding cycling in the community including great bike maps, free breakfast, fun giveaways and quick bicycle inspections!

16               Regional Ride of Silence

17               All Shoppes:  No Fee Bike Inspection Day (still waiting for confirmation from all)

18               Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro presents:  SPRING ROLL – 8 mile cycling event for families, cruisers & serious cyclists: 5:30 Wallace Deck— Live Band, contests, fun snacks and Chapel Hill Town Council & Carrboro Alderman ride too!!!  No charge for this great cycling event.

19               Go Chapel Hill Bike & Bus Workshop:  Chapel Hill University Mall

All Week:   Bike Shoppe Special Sales

The ReCYCLEry: Thursday Workshops

The ReCYCLEry:  Thursday Workshops

Date: Every Thursday unless noted

Time: 7pm to 10pm

Location: Back of 108 North Graham Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Description:  The Thursday workshops are dedicated to working on ReCYCLEry  projects.
ReCYCLEry projects include fixing bikes for giveaways to children and projects aimed at exercising the artistic vision of  recycling bikes.
No personal projects will be worked on during these Thursday hours.  Come earn your membership, get service learning hours or just volunteer your time.

For more information go to .

Umstead Park to Close on July 5

Chapel Hill’s Umstead Park and its adjacent Tanyard Branch greenway trail will close on Tuesday, July 5, and remain closed through December 2011 during an OWASA sewer replacement project.

The Town of Chapel Hill and Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) encourage drivers, cyclists and others to use alternate routes around the sewer project. Currently, Umstead Drive is closed between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Umstead Park.

OWASA’s contractor also plans to close the intersection of Village Drive and Umstead Drive from mid-October through mid-November 2011. This estimated timetable is subject to change due to weather and other factors.

To find out more about the sewer project, check For more information about the park closure, contact Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Bill Webster at 919-968-2819 or