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.

Pedestrian Safety

According to the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, 2,200 pedestrians in N.C. are involved in police-reported crashes with motor vehicles each year, making it one of the most dangerous states in the nation. Of those 2,200, about 150 to 200 are killed, and another 500 are seriously injured.

View pedestrian crash data here: http://bit.ly/1tZQg7A

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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.

Pedestrian struck in 100 block of West Franklin Street

Between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., a 24-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle in the 100 block of West Franklin Street, according to the Chapel Hill police.The woman was crossing the road via crosswalk between University Square and Suntrust Bank when a vehicle, traveling at low speeds, hit her in the westbound lane, said