Bicycling

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Wilmington can be a dangerous place to ride a bike. According to data from 2000 through 2018, the city ranked third in the state for bike-related crashes -- topped only by Charlotte and Raleigh, two signifcantly larger cities. But making the streets safer for cyclists will take a coordinated effort. 

City of Wilmington

Walking around the Cape Fear region can be tricky – even downright dangerous in some areas.  For example, the Gary Shell Cross City Trail in Wilmington runs from Wrightsville Beach to the University of North Carolina Wilmington before making a half-loop, passing the Cameron Art Museum, and in the process linking at least four city parks.  

Brunswick County

Imagine biking or hiking or even kayaking your way from the northern end of New Hanover County near Figure Eight Island down to Sunset Beach or Calabash near the South Carolina border…

What if you could wend your way through trails that traverse the central and western points around the counties with only your feet or a bicycle?  This could become a reality. 

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.