From downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina


27th Annual River to Sea Bike Ride

From Downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach May 7, 2016, departing at 8:00 AM

Pre-register here for the event! (FREE)

    The 27th Annual River to Sea Bicycle Ride will take place on Saturday May 7, 2016.  Participants will meet at Bailey’s Park at the 100 block of North Front Street in downtown Wilmington.  Registration is free and will be from 7:30 – 7:50 am.  During this time North Front Street between Market Street and Princess Street will be closed to automobile traffic for the registration process.  Participants will depart Bailey’s Park promptly at 8:00 am.  The ride, which is a slow-paced casual 20-mile round trip ride along the former Beach Car Line and back, will reach Wrightsville Beach Park at about 9:15 am. The ride is open to cyclists of all skill levels.  For safety reasons, late arrivals will not be able to join the ride.  Helmets are mandatory and riding is mostly on-road in mixed traffic.  Police support will be provided along the way.  Transportation will be provided by WAVE Transit for those who would rather not bike from Wrightsville Beach back to downtown Wilmington.  Light refreshments will be available at Wrightsville Beach and upon return in downtown Wilmington.  Last year, about 250 bicyclists participated in the ride.  

    For more information, contact Adrienne Harrington at Adrienne.Harrington@wilmingtonnc.gov



May 16-22, 2016 Bike to Work Week 

The Cape Fear Region is celebrating the 2016 Bike to Work Week to promote bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation, and to recruit members of the community as regular bicycle commuters.  Join the celebration by riding your bike to work at least one day this week. 

    Please follow this link to register for Bike to Work Week - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016B2WW

Historical Bike to Work Week Data and 2016 Goals

      2015 Bike to Work Week Data:

      • 122 people participated
      • 38 area employers represented
      • 2,956 total miles biked by the group
      • 24 miles biked by the average participant throughout the week
      • 148 gallons of gas saved
      • $1,714 saved in commuting costs
      • 147,800 estimated calories burned
      • 42 pounds potentially lost 


    RTB Photo

    The River to the Sea Ride 2009 participants ride along the Colwell Avenue multi-use path.


    The River to the Sea Ride 2011 participants ride along South Front Street in the Downtown Wilmington


    Colwell Ave Path

    The River to the Sea Ride 2009 participants ride along Park Avenue in the Winter Park Heights neighborhood.


    Causeway Dr Bicycle Lanes

    In the Town of Wrightsville Beach, the River to the Sea Bikeway follows Causeway Dr under the drawbridge.


    Dawson St Refuge Island

    The Dawson St refuge island was installed by NCDOT to help bikeway users cross this busy street.


    Cape Fear Commutes
    The River to the Sea Ride 2009 participants ride along the Colwell Avenue multi-use path.