May is National Bike Month
Post Date:05/01/2019 4:18 AM
The city's Gary Shell Cross-City Trail and the River to Sea Bike Route will be in the spotlight in May during National Bike Month. National Bike Month promotes bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation.
Register for National Bike to Work MonthMembers of the community are encouraged to record ALL their rides, whether it be to work, the store, or just for a ride. The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) is tracking the number of people participating in Bike to Work Month. Participants are asked to register in advance by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/b2wm2019. The data obtained can help the WMPO apply for grants and a possible Bicycle-Friendly Community designation.
30th Annual River to Sea Bike RideSaturday, May 4 | 7 a.m.
The River to Sea bike ride is a casual-paced, 20-mile round trip bike ride from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach and back along Wilmington's River to Sea Bike Route. The ride kicks off at 7 a.m. from 12 N. Front Street. Check-in/registration begins at 6 a.m. Last year approximately 400 cyclists participated.
The event is free but helmets are required. Police support will be provided throughout the entire ride. Wave Transit will offer very limited transportation downtown for those unable to make the return trip, but riders are asked to plan for a back-up means of transportation or bike the return trip downtown.
National Bike to Work WeekMay 13-19
Members of the community are encouraged to ride their bike to work at least once this week.
Why register for Bike to Work Month?This data will help the WMPO secure funding for the event in the future, apply for Bicycle Friendly Community and Business designation and show community support for bicycle projects.
After Bike to Work Month is over, participants will receive a survey to enter their information, followed by an email indicating the total number of people who biked to work and companies/organizations with employees participating.
What is the best route to take?
- View regional bike maps to help determine the most suitable route
- Cross-City Trail - primarily a 10' wide multi-use path
- River to Sea Bikeway - variety of on- and off-road facilities
- Be a Looker
- Bike safety information
- Watch For Me NC
- 'Cyclists are your Neighbors' Safety Video
- 'Be Aware: Watch & Listen' Safety Video
- 'Visibility & Predictability' Safety Video
- 'Cyclists and Drivers' Doors' Safety Video
- 'Pedestrian Crosswalk' Safety Video
- 'Avoid Right Hooks' Safety Video
'Avoid Left Cross' Safety Video