Q. Will there ever be a sidewalk down Wrightsville Avenue that goes from College Rd. to the beach? Riding a bicycle to the beach from the Winter Park area is so dangerous!
A. The installation of sidewalks along Wrightsville Avenue from South College Road to the Heide Trask drawbridge is recommended for the city. It was laid out in 2009 to be completed in five to 10 years. The recommendation is in the Walk Wilmington: A comprehensive pedestrian plan, the Wrightsville Avenue 2030 and Wrightsville Sound Small Area plan.
But there is no money for it, said Mike Kozlosky, executive director of the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization. The funding, which could come from multiple sources from the city or state, is not available to date.
It’s unknown now when the sidewalks would be built.
Kozlosky also pointed out it is illegal to ride bicycles on the sidewalk.
He suggested cyclists take the signed River to Sea route, which links downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach and can be accessed in Winter Park. The route travels from Winter Park to Wrightsville Beach utilizing Park Avenue, Greenville Avenue, Oleander Drive, Wrightsville Avenue, Pelican Drive and Salisbury Street. Here is a link to the River to Sea webpage.
But Kozlosky acknowledged the River to Sea route still requires cyclists to cross multiple lanes of the busy and dangerous College Road.
“We are certainly trying to improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout the city of Wilmington,” he said, adding there are multitude of complications including difficulty getting funding for projects.
Date posted: April 20, 2012
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