Concerns have been high when it comes to cyclist and pedestrian safety along Estes Drive. Now, the Chapel Hill Town Council must choose one of three proposed plans to increase bike and pedestrian friendliness within this area of Chapel Hill.
David Bonk, long range and transportation planning manager for Chapel Hill, said the three alternatives are different in their own ways. The first includes buffered bike lanes that increase the distance between cyclists and cars, along with a 12-foot multi-use path on the north side of the street.
“That’s the consistent element of all three plans, the path on the north side of Estes,” Bonk said.
The second alternative consists of raised, separated bike lanes behind the curb and next to the sidewalk and a multi-use path.
Bonk said the third alternative is an attempt to address some of the concerns from the public about the extent of the widening through the whole corridor. Instead of bike lanes, there would be a multi-use path on both the north and south sides of Estes Drive.