Chapel Hill has vowed to become a more bicycle-friendly community with a new plan adopted on Oct. 25 to prioritize the expansion of greenways.
The goal of the mobility plan is to achieve a 35 percent combined bicycling, walking and transit commute in Chapel Hill by 2025, and it will focus on expanding transit in downtown Chapel Hill including UNC's campus, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Highway 54 and 15-501.
Town Council member Nancy Oates said it’s important to think about how accessible bike paths are to new developments in the town as Chapel Hill continues to develop. She said the response to the mobility plan has been positive and people appreciate that the council is taking greenway trails seriously.
“If we’re going to create (development areas) and create the zoning for them and do the permitting for any sort of developing, we have to think about how people are going to access it to make it a success,” she said.
The Chapel Hill Town Council adopted the mobility plan, which includes a list of projects that will improve bicycle and pedestrian transit as an everyday option. With Chapel Hill's growing population, the council wanted to prepare for the future issue transportation might pose.