Bicycle Friendly University

In October 2014, UNC was awarded a silver-level designation as a Bicycle Friendly University! Check out the Bike Plan to see UNC’s ongoing efforts to increase bicycle safety and improve amenities throughout campus.

Bike Registration

Bicycle registration is free and a permit is required for all bikes on campus. This process helps police find owners of lost or stolen bicycles. Registrants also receive a coupon for 50% off a U-lock to prevent theft.

Bicycle Parking

UNC has lots of bike racks around campus. To see rack locations, download a PDF map or explore the interactive bike map which also includes showers, bike lanes and the bike pump.

Please remember to always park bikes at designated areas. Bikes may be impounded without notice if locked to a tree, hand railing, fence, sign, bench, table or inside buildings in unsafe locations. If additional parking is needed, please fill out this online Wikimap.

Give Feedback

The Town of Chapel Hill’s online Wikimap is available for the community to provide comments to UNC and the Town about cycling and walking issues. Users can identify dangerous intersections, routes needing bike lanes and areas requiring more bike parking. When identifying bike parking locations, select the “Open Street Map” in the “Base Map” menu to zoom in to building level. When submitting comments, please upload a photo of the area to accurately identify the location.

Commuter Alternative Program (CAP)

Employees and students who live off campus and will not be purchasing an on-campus parking permit can register for the Commuter Alternative Program (CAP). It’s free, and members enjoy many benefits!

Tar Heel Bikes Program

The Bike Share Task Force in conjunction with the Residence Hall Association has created UNC’s first bicycle share program called Tar Heel Bikes. In addition to increasing student mobility, bike shares promote sustainability and community on campus. Learn more about RHA’s Tar Heel Bikes program where residents can check out bikes from their community offices by visiting their webpage.


Below are some helpful links to help pedestrians navigate campus.


The Town of Chapel Hill’s Wikimap provides a platform for people on foot to submit comments identifying areas where crosswalks are faded, sidewalks are missing, or dangerous intersections are in need of improvement. When submitting comments, please upload a photo of the area to accurately identify the location.

  • SafeWalk is a UNC Student Government initiative to increase nighttime safety for students, faculty, and staff. Free SafeWalks are available Sunday – Thursday from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m.
  • LiveSafe is a free safety app that allows individuals to check in with friends, family, the UNC Department of Public Safety, or others while walking to or from campus.
  • BikeWalk NC is a membership-based, statewide advocacy organization promoting non-motorized transportation choices for residents of and visitors to NC.
  • Watch For Me NC is a statewide pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign.


Explore the Searchable Campus Map to easily locate buildings on campus.

For walking directions around campus, use Google Maps.

Callboxes are located across campus, connecting individuals to University Police with the push of a button.

Safety Tips

  • Establish eye contact with the driver before entering a crosswalk.
  • Observe all lanes before crossing. Even though one vehicle has stopped, vehicles may pass in another lane or in an opposite direction.
  • Cross the street within the marked lines of the crosswalk.
  • If crossing the street at a place other than within a designated crosswalk or intersection, the vehicle has the right-of-way.
  • Use good judgment. Watch traffic at all times.
  • Avoid distractions, such as texting or talking on the phone, when crossing the road.

Report a Problem

To report a problem area or to notify the Department of Public Safety of potential problem areas, please fill out the Pedestrian Safety Form.