Porthole Alley contains the "Parade of Humanity" mural, painted in 1997 by Chapel Hill native Michael Brown. 

Looking for a short cut? Porthole Alley reopens to pedestrians

Porthole Alley reopened on March 29 after undergoing a renovation project aiming to improve safety and appearance. The alley is best known for Michael Brown’s parade mural and connects Franklin Street to UNC’s campus.


Bike safety

The towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, as well as UNC Department of Public Safety, work hard to make the towns and the University safe for bicyclists. 

Part of the goal of the Chapel Hill 2020 plan is to revamp the infrastructure for bikes around town. UNC requires its students, faculty and staff to register their bike with DPS so it will be easier for police to recover the bike if it is stolen.

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Chapel Hill aims to improve safety on Estes Drive

Concerns have been high lately 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.


Ghost bikes honor those killed

Tagged, chained and painted white all over, Chapel Hill’s “ghost bikes” loom over those who would otherwise overlook the presence of the town’s small cyclist community.


Chapel Hill bike safety efforts recognized

Efforts from the Go Triangle Regional Partnership project to encourage Chapel Hill residents to use alternative transportation have reduced daily commute miles by 237,412 and carbon emissions by 27,047 metric tons.


No charges filed in Oct. 3 cyclist death

Chapel Hill police will not file charges against the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a bicyclist on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard earlier this month — and the town is starting an initiative to prevent bicyclist and pedestrian deaths in the future.


CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this graphic included incorrect data about crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians. Between 2013 and 2014, there were 43 bicyclists and pedestrians injured in crashes in Chapel Hill. Of those, two were Class 1 injuries, two were Class 2 injuries, 12 were Class 3 injuries and 27 were Class 4 injuries. Police have classified the Oct. 3 fatality as a Class 1 injury. The graphic has been updated to reflect these changes. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.

Chapel Hill works on cyclist street safety

North Carolina is one of the most dangerous states in the country for pedestrians and bicyclists, and it’s especially dangerous in high-traffic areas with populated downtown hubs and large universities like UNC.