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Carrboro's Transportation Vision
"The safe and adequate flow of bus, auto, bicycle and pedestrian traffic within and around Carrboro is essential." – Carrboro Vision 2020

Public Participation Opportunities
Updated as opportunities arise.
Special projects
Safe Routes to School

"Safe Routes to School programs enable community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to school," according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

Carrboro’s Safe Routes to School programs are made possible by federal transportation grants administered by NCDOT’s Safe Routes to School program.  These include the development of an Action Plan, Walk ‘n’ Roll events at Carrboro Elementary School in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, and an infrastructure grant funding a sidewalk on Elm St.

Safe Routes to School Action Plan - final draft

Physical Activity in the Built Environment

The Town has received a grant from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, to identify strategies for improving healthy lifestyles and active transportation.

The project, called the Carrboro IMPACTS Project (Incentivizing More Physical Activity through Carrboro's Transportation System) is developing a Local Action Plan, establishing a steering committee of stakeholders in Carrboro, analyzing the transportation needs in various areas of Town, implementing wayfinding signage, and accomplishing other tasks.

Press release (September 2010)

Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan
In 2007, Carrboro was awarded a bicycle transportation planning grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. In January 2008, the Town hired Greenways, Inc., to develop the plan with guidance from staff and a steering committee.
  1. Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan (2009) (104 MB)
Carrboro is a Bicycle Friendly Community

In September 2010, the League of American Bicyclists named the Town of Carrboro as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the “Silver” level.  Carrboro joined 27 other cities and towns in the country recognized by the LAB at the Silver level.


“The town should encourage and support the development of greenways and parklands dedicated to public use along streams and easements. There should be a network of connected greenways throughout the town. These greenways should serve as nature trails, biking and walking trails, wildlife corridors. All should protect our natural environment.” – Carrboro Vision 2020

Greenways Resources Page – More information on the Carrboro Greenways Commission and conceptual master plans for the Bolin and Morgan Creek Greenways


The ReCYCLEry – The ReCYCLEry NC is a non-profit that accepts donated bicycles and teaches bicycle repair and maintenance skills to community members while they earn their own bikes.  Children and adults are welcome to attend open workshops.  For more information or to inquire about special events, visit the website.

Bike Safety

Bicycle safety and education - NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

Bicyclinginfo.org – An informational website run by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) with resources, guidance, case studies, and links on bike safety, education, enforcement, and  infrastructure.

Bike Maps

North Carolina bike maps - NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.  Both U.S. Bike Route 1 – which goes from Maine to Florida – and NC Bike Route 2 - the Mountains-to-Sea Trail – go through the center of Carrboro.  This website features information on these and other regional, state, and national bike routes.

Orange County Bicycling Map (16 MB) – This map, produced by the NCDOT Bike-Ped Division and Orange County Planning Department, shows several bike routes suitable for day rides, from 25 miles to 83 miles, reaching all municipalities and all parts of the county.

Bike Laws in North Carolina

Bicycles are legally defined as vehicles in North Carolina.

Bicycle laws and policies in North Carolina - NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

Transit Service

Chapel Hill Transit is the local transit provider for Carrboro. Carrboro routes include the J, CW, F, CM, HS, N, CPX, JFX, CW Saturday, and JN Saturday routes.

Agenda and Minutes for the Chapel Hill Public Transit Committee (also called Transit Partners) can be viewed at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=2309.

Triangle Transit is the transit provider for the Triangle region, connecting Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, and other municipalities.

Annual Transit Forum

Each year the Carrboro Transportation Advisory Board and the Chapel Hill Transportation Board hold a transit forum at which the public can voice their comments about Chapel Hill Transit. Stay tuned for information about the next forum.

Bikes on Buses

Go further by combining these two travel modes.  Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle Transit buses offer front bike racks with spaces for two bikes.  Visit GoTriangle’s Bikes on Buses page to learn more.


Walkinginfo.org – An informational website run by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) with resources, guidance, case studies, and links on pedestrian safety, education, enforcement, and  infrastructure.

A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities – A guide from the Federal Highway Administration.

Walking Distances – Map your walk or run around Carrboro (or anywhere else) and get distances at geodistance.com.

Walk Scores – Get a walkability score for your address at walkscore.com.

Traffic Calming

Residential Traffic Management Plan - Many residents approach the town with concerns about speeding in neighborhoods. The Residential Traffic Management Plan represents a commitment by the Town of Carrboro to promote the safety and livability of residential neighborhoods. The Residential Traffic Management Plan provides a process for identifying and addressing existing problems related to speeding, excessive volumes, and safety on town-maintained residential streets. Based on this policy, proper actions can be taken depending on the severity of the problem.

Downtown Parking

The Town of Carrboro has several public lots that serve the downtown. All of the public lots are free and have a 2-hour parking limit from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

2008 Parking Study - Students from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of City and Regional Planning prepared an exploratory study of Carrboro’s downtown parking.

Carrboro Street Network

Connector Roads Policy

Carrboro 2005 Mobility Report Card (3.8 MB)

Carpooling, Carsharing, and Vanpooling

All three options are available in the Triangle.  Learn more at GoTriangle’s Rideshare page.

Alternative Fuels

U.S. Department of Energy – Clean Cities: Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles - Tools to help you drive smarter, use less petroleum, and reduce emissions

Alternative Transportation Information

GoTriangle – “a partnership of public transportation agencies, and organizations funded to promote commuter benefits in the Triangle.”

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC-MPO) is the regional organization responsible for transportation planning for the western part of the Research Triangle area in North Carolina. The DCHC-MPO is an umbrella organization comprised of the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), local governments, and the State. The TAC, designated by the Governor, is a policy body that coordinates and makes decisions on transportation planning issues.  Its major responsibility, prior to TEA-21 (the major federal transportation bill passed in 1998), had been to fulfill the requirements of the Federal Highway Act of 1962. These regulations require those urban areas with a population of 50,000 or more conduct a Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative (3-C) transportation planning process. An integral element of this 3-C process is the development of a long-range transportation plan. In North Carolina, this long-range transportation plan is carried out by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for municipalities and urban areas. This is mandated by 1959 North Carolina General Statute 136-66.2, which requires all municipalities to have a long-range transportation plan which is mutually adopted by both the governing body of the respective municipalities and NCDOT.

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