A lot of older, grid-based cities are bicycle friendly by default because you’re rarely more than one block away from a parallel route. Unfortunately for cyclists in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, a lot of the traffic diverting/traffic calming road features of yesteryear were blocked off, paved over, or rerouted when the automobile came to town. While these pathways may be cut off to folks in cars, there are still a good number of parallel lines available to the adventurous cyclist.
The gravel lot next to Surplus Sid’s on Main St. serves as a gateway to the northern portions of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, and provides access to a couple of low traffic east/west corridors (Cobb, Caldwell, etc.) as well as an unpaved shortcut through Baldwin Park.