Pedestrian Safety at UNC is a Partnership
To report a problem area or to notify the Department of Public Safety of potential problem areas, please fill out the Pedestrian Safety Form.
Expectations and Responsibilities When Traveling on UNC-CH Campus
A pedestrian-friendly campus is both necessary and desirable. In order to create and sustain a campus that is safe and efficient or the passage of people and vehicles, there must be a balance of responsibilities and reasonable expectations among all people traveling on campus, whether they are on foot, cycling or driving.
UNC-CH is committed to fostering an environment that is safe and enjoyable for walking.
UNC-CH will design facilities, roadways, sidewalks, and landscaping to provide optimum safety considerations for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
All people traveling on campus must abide by relevant Motor Vehicle Laws of North Carolina, including:
Statute No. 20-173: "...the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian (or person riding a bicycle) crossing the roadway..."
Statute No. 20-174: "Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway."
Statute No. 20-4.01(49): "...bicycles shall be deemed vehicles and every rider of a bicycle upon a highway shall be subject to the provisions of this Chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle except those which by their nature can have no application."
Expectations and Responsibilities When Walking or Running
Pedestrians can expect to walk in a safe environment.
The responsibility to use marked crosswalks if at all possible.
The right-of-way when crossing a road within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
The responsibility to cross the street safely: look both ways before crossing streets; watch all lanes that are being crossed; establish eye contact with drivers.
The responsibility to wear bright colors or reflective clothing when walking near traffic at night.
The right to voice concerns and have them acted upon in a timely manner through the UNC-CH Department of Public Safety and the UNC-CH Pedestrian Safety Committee.
Expectations and Responsibilities When Driving a Motor Vehicle, Motor Bike or Bicycle
The responsibility to drive safely and share the road with people walking or on bicycles.
The expectation to drive or bike in a safe environment.
The responsibility to yield to pedestrians within a marked crosswalk - DO NOT overtake and pass other vehicles stopped for pedestrians on your side of the road
The responsibility to obey speed limits and traffic laws.
The responsibility to yield to pedestrians within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection - when making a turn with a green light, a pedestrian crossing with the same green light has the right-of-way.