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May is Bike Month

Cruise into fun cycling events around the Triangle! Visit us at the Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) table and we’ll give you some free bike swag! More details below.

Join the Cary Vanpool!

UNC employees coming from Cary invite you to join their van. They get to read, sleep, listen to music, and work on laptops or smart phones. Occasionally, they even schedule a stop to pick strawberries when they are in season. When the van is full, the rate is just $48/month for CAP members. Help fill the last 2 seats by joining today! Check out the vanpool route to see if it matches your commute. For more details, contact the driver Tom Adams at or 919-966-9611.

Worried about not having your car? Riders can use the Emergency Ride Home program if needed, and backup drivers can make personal use of the van during the day.

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Chapel Hill Transit Summer Break

Chapel Hill Transit will operate on a summer break schedule from Saturday, May 9 through Friday, August 14. During this time, the weekday NU route will end at 8:29 p.m. and the Safe Rides and Saturday/Sunday U and NU routes will not operate. The last day for the Saturday/Sunday U and NU routes will be May 3 and the last day for Safe Rides will be April 25. Regular service will resume on Saturday, August 15.

Triangle Transit is now GoTriangle

Triangle Transit is changing their name, along with Capital Area Transit (CAT) and Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA). Triangle Transit is now GoTriangle, CAT is GoRaleigh, and DATA is GoDurham. So, be on the lookout for new bus designs!

Get permission to Park & Ride

Some people use official Park & Ride lots owned by UNC or the Town to park, while others have found their own parking near bus stops. If you choose the latter, please remember to get permission to park. A concerned CAP member recently mentioned that cars are being towed from the Village Plaza Shopping Center.


Try a vanpool for free!

Are you interested in riding a vanpool but not sure you want to commit to a full month? Simply contact the driver and ask to ride for a day. Check out these UNC vanpools to see if one matches your commute. Vanpool riders get to sleep, read, or just sit back and relax during their commute. It’s so much better than driving alone.


Driving home after finals?

You can easily find classmates heading the same way! Share the ride and split the cost!

Free Ride-Matching

At UNC, you have two options to find carpools. Sign up at or log in with your Onyen at Both websites are free and secure with your personal information. You have the option to only match to UNC affiliates or to match with others, but we always recommend meeting first in a public space (like a coffee shop) before starting the carpool. This also gives you a chance to get to know one another and decide if you want to carpool together. There are no obligations, but think of all the money you’ll save if it works out!


May is Bike Month

Fun events will be happening around the Triangle! Check out the full list of events at, and be sure to stop by the CAP table at these Pit Stops:

Chapel Hill’s Switching Gears Bike Night
Friday, May 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Plaza at 140 West Franklin St.

Go Chapel Hill invites you to ride your bike to enjoy this event for adults and youth alike! The evening will offer Gold Sprints, a Bike on Bus Workshop, a wrenching tent for quick bike repairs, Joe the Duck activities for youth, and music by Sandbox.

Gearing Up for Bike Week
Thursday, May 7, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
UNC, The Beach Café (behind Bondurant Hall)

Get your bike in gear! The Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) is giving out free bike lights, reflective accessories, and other great swag. Bring your bike to register it for 50% off a U-Lock, and get a free bike check from the ReCYCLEry!

Carrboro Bike Breakfast Workshop
Tuesday, May 12, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Parking Lot across the street from Armadillo Grill, Carrboro

Enjoy complimentary Neil’s Deli biscuits & Open Eye Café coffee with other cyclists while gathering information regarding community cycling events and the latest in great cruisers and trails! Wrenching tents available with quick inspections and much more community information on excellent bike opportunities! Coordinated by the Town of Carrboro and Carrboro’s Bike Coalition (CBC)!


Get your club behind the wheel

With summer right around the corner, what better way to close out the year than having one last adventure with your roommates? Throughout April, Zipcar is giving students the chance to hit the open road – all expenses paid – with the Go.Away. competition.

Entering is easy; simply reserve and drive any one of the Ford Zipcars on or near campus and you’re automatically qualified. In May, Zipcar will choose five lucky students to win the big prize: two free days in a Zipcar, two free nights in a hotel, spending money, and a 1-year Spotify Premium membership. The more you drive, the more likely you are to win, so make your reservation today. Enter before May 1.

CAP Merchants

Treat yourself with CAP

Whether it’s for ice cream or going out to dinner, use your CAP card to get discounts at local businesses!

Traffic & Parking Alerts

Current Construction Projects

Traffic & Parking for Events

Fortify Project

Do you commute from Wake County to UNC? Check out for travel options or to request personalized assistance. Every car off the road helps to reduce traffic, accidents, delays and frustration. Any change is good, even if it’s just twice a month or once a week!

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