CoastLine: Local Cyclists See Progress But Call for More Bike-Friendly Infrastructure
The Cross-City Trail in Wilmington is nearing completion with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for November. The multi-use trail is intended to give cyclists and pedestrians access to important recreational and cultural landmarks.
City officials say they eventually see Wilmington-area green-ways as part of the East Coast Greenway – which is described as an urban Appalachian Trail. In this case, the ECG would run from Maine to Florida.
But some new arrivals to the region complain that Wilmington is anything but bicycle-friendly. In the ten years from 1997 – 2007, New Hanover County had the fourth highest number of bicycle-involved crashes – out of all 100 counties in the state.
On this edition of CoastLine, we explore the projects are underway for this area and the advocacy work for cyclists and pedestrians that’s going on in Raleigh and locally.
Suraiya Rashid, Senior Transportation Planner for the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Al Schroetel, Advocacy Chair for Cape Fear Cyclists, a Wilmington-based cycling group; past President of Cape Fear Cyclists; Board Member of Bike Walk NC – a membership-based advocacy organization promoting non-motorized transportation