Community members gathered in Chapel Hill on Tuesday to learn about how bike paths will factor into the North-South Bus Rapid Transit Project.
The 8.2-mile line stretches from Eubanks Road to Southern Village and aims to provide more frequent rides, shorter travel times and more reliable service by providing multi-use paths for bus riders, cyclists and pedestrians.
Matt Cecil, transit development manager for the Town of Chapel Hill, said only 53 percent of the 8.2-mile corridor is accessible for bike lanes, 19 percent is shared roads and 28 percent has nothing for bike riders. Now, he said, the Town is trying to create a friendly environment for all modes of transportation.
“What we are proposing currently is to have a multi-use path for bicycles and pedestrians to be separate from the roadway as part of the project, and we can maybe encompass some bicycle riders not as comfortable riding on the roadway,” Cecil said.
However, Cecil said the plans will also consider experienced bike riders and pedestrians with the goal of providing opportunities for people to travel in ways other than using a car.