This is another one of those questions that is left up to the beholder.
This past summer, I traveled large parts of most of the bike trails in the Wilmington area. I wouldn’t say Wilmington isn’t bicycle friendly. But it seemed that every trail had its scary parts. I was particularly worried while crossing Market Street to get to Brookwood Avenue on New Hanover County’s “UNCW Route.” I interviewed bicyclists who use the Cross City Trail to visit Wrightsville Beach and they dreaded crossing Military Cut Off at Eastwood Road.
But the planning is there. Parts of the trails designated by the city and county are very pleasant to ride through, including the new paved multi-use trail portion along Eastwood Road and a good part of the River-to-Sea trail. I had one lady approach me at a shopping center and say she thought Wilmington was very bicycle friendly and that she uses the back roads every day.
More trails are planned for the area, including one that would stretch the length of Carolina Beach.
To see maps of the trails and get a feel for where the safe and not-so-safe portions are, go to these Web sites:
Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization: www.wmpo.org/WMBPC/index.html
New Hanover County and City of Wilmington bike trails (and other links): www.nhcgov.com/AgnAndDpt/PLNG/Pages/BAC.aspx
To see some articles on the trails go to:
Cross-City trail: www.starnewsonline.com/article/20080829/COLUMNISTS/808290337
River-to-Sea Bikeway: www.starnewsonline.com/article/20090401/ARTICLES/904014009
Date posted: November 3, 2009
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