Chapel Hill Has New Street Path For Runners, Walkers

Chapel Hill installed the first temporary in-road ‘street path’ on Honeysuckle Road and Booker Creek Road,  linking the trails at Cedar Falls Park to the Booker Creek Greenway. The street path, a six-foot area on the side of  the street, is intended to delineate an area for people to walk, run, and roll on a road that does not have dedicated sidewalks or bicycle facilities. The street path is marked with tape, re­flective cones, and signage.

The plan for the temporary street paths came after seeing higher than usual numbers of people walking, running, biking, and roll­ing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and wanting to provide dedicated space for people on roads without sidewalks, the rec department said. In the summer and fall, the town solicited public ideas for roads to test the idea, and Honeysuckle and Booker Creek roads emerged as the top priority.