Annual River to Sea bike ride takes place Saturday

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About 250 people participated in last year's River to Sea bike ride. Photo courtesy City of Wilmington.
About 250 people participated in last year’s River to Sea bike ride. Photo courtesy City of Wilmington.

The 26th annual River to Sea Bike Ride takes place Saturday beginning in downtown Wilmington.

Part of National Bike Month, the ride begins at 8:30 a.m. at Bailey’s Park, which is in the 100 block of North Front Street between Market and Princess streets. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The event is a 20-mile, round-trip bike ride from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach Park on Wilmington’s River to Sea Bicycle Route.

North Front Street will be closed to traffic between Market and Princess streets from 8 to 8:30 a.m., according to a news release from the city.

Light refreshments will be available at Wrightsville Beach Park. Transportation will be provided by WAVE Transit for those who do not want to bike back to downtown Wilmington. Police support will be provided along the way since the ride is mostly on-road in mixed traffic. Helmets are required.

The River to Sea Bikeway is an 11-mile, on- and off-road bicycle route that follows the Historic Beach Car Line, which used to carry vacationers from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach by trolley. The bikeway is comprised of neighborhood residential streets, off-road multi-use paths, and a few busy arterial roadways, according to the news release.

For more information, contact the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization at 910-341-0107 or visit rivertoseabikeway.com.

River to Sea
River to Sea Bikeway from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach. Map courtesy City of Wilmington.