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Where are some good places to bike in the area?

Amy Hotz
StarNews

Earlier this summer I set out to ride all the designated bike routes in the area.

From my experience, all the routes have good and bad parts. And depending on what you’re trying to do, bikers can pick and choose the parts they feel comfortable with.

I totally enjoyed the part of the River-to-Sea trail that goes through Wilmington’s old trolley neighborhood along Park Avenue, then down a real bike path with no traffic and then through the old Delgado Mill neighborhood. Even the county’s web site, however, has cautionary notices on other parts of the trail such as dangerous crossings at Third Street and Dawson Street and high traffic volume along Oleander Drive.

My best advice is to take a look at the trails on these Web sites and choose a route that look safe to you. You can also contact avid bicyclists through the first two links who can give you first-hand tips for riding in the area.

http://www.capefearcyclists.org/

http://www.sirbikesalot.com

http://www.nhcgov.com/AgnAndDpt/PLNG/Pages/BAC.aspx

Also, if you’re into mountain biking, hands down the best place to go is Blue Clay Bike Park off Blue Clay Road beside the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, 3950 Juvenile Center Road, New Hanover County [Map this].

That park offers miles of trails through woods with obstacles to jump over and bike through.

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