Two Bike Master Plans are being developed concurrently. The same designer is under contract to the University and the Town of Chapel Hill. The UNC effort, led by
Facilities Planning in partnership with Public Safety, is focused on improving bike circulation, infrastructure, and parking on campus. The Town plan seeks to create a more connected bicycle network and make biking safer throughout the community.
New bike infrastructure on campus already includes bike racks, lockers, and showers accessible from the courtyard of the Genome Sciences Building. Bike racks are located within 50 feet of all residence halls, libraries, and classroom and administrative buildings. In addition, during the 2012-2013 school year, 37 new bike racks were installed on campus, bringing total bike parking capacity to 5,464. An interactive map of bike racks, showers, bike lanes, and bike pumps is available through Engineering Information Services.
The University's first bicycle share program, Tar Heel Bikes, was launched by students in August 2012. Tar Heel Bikes provides 30 bicycles for free, short-term loan to residents of Hinton James, Ehringhaus, and Craige. During the first semester, 3,400 total check-outs demonstrated an enthusiastic response. After a two-year pilot, the program will be evaluated for potential experience.
Map of Campus Bike Racks
Town of Chapel Hill Bike Map