Chapel Hill’s interest and engagement in the town’s Mobility and Connectivity Plan highlight key community goals – to improve safety for people who walk and wheel, and to reduce automobile dependence. Many thanks to Joan Guilkey and her guest column in the Aug. 17 Chapel Hill News for stressing the importance of this planning effort.
Our community-engagement efforts began in June and will continue through the plan’s drafting stage this fall. So far, we have received more than 500 total comments through an online survey, face-to-face outreach on Chapel Hill Transit buses and outside shopping centers, our popular Wikimap, and at public input meetings held in June. We are also reaching out to the university community and will be attending the annual UNC Cyclicious event on Friday, Aug. 26.
We also look to our existing plans such as the Chapel Hill Bike Plan, and the Greenways Master Plan for public input they provide.
The study will be an overall network exercise, looking at bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway connectivity throughout the Town. With support from the Stewart design and engineering firm, the study is expected to be completed in 2017.
Share Your Experiences
▪ Take the survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chmobility
▪ Provide input via our interactive map -- wikimapping.com/wikimap/chmobility
▪ Drop by the Mobility and Connectivity Public Input Session. Join your neighbors and drop in anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Meeting Room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library.
▪ Participate in Related Walkability Public Input Sessions – In a related planning effort, the Town of Chapel Hill seeks public input in developing new walkability and open space standards in the Ephesus/Fordham District that will provide more pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular connections for a dynamic, walkable place. These are set for 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in Meeting Room B of the Chapel Hill Public Library.
▪ Hearing from Advisory Boards – Input from citizen volunteers serving on town advisory boards (Transportation and Connectivity and Greenways) was sought early in the process. We expect to engage them again as the project moves forward.
Contact David Bonk, the town of Chapel Hill’s long range and transportation planning manager, at 919-969-5064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.