More than 225 cyclists participated in the 25th
annual River to Sea Bike Ride from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach
and back Saturday, May 3.
The event is a free community bike ride to help expose the
River to Sea Bikeway route and also provide more inexperienced cyclists who
participate with safety tips for future bike rides.
“This event really helps in giving people the confidence to
know how to ride their bike safely,” said Adrienne Harrington, transportation planner
for the ride. “Hopefully they can carry that confidence over to when they’re
out riding their bikes by themselves.”
The River to Sea bikeway is 11 miles and for the purpose of
this event ended at the Wrightsville Beach Park where refreshments and raffle
prizes awaited the cyclists. The participants met downtown on Front Street.
They began the bike ride at 8:30 a.m., arriving at the park just more than one
and one-half hours later.
The route takes the riders out of downtown and the all the
way down Park Avenue. After traveling down Oleander Drive and Wrightsville
Avenue, the cyclists take a right onto Eastwood Road. From there, it is a
straight shot to the beach.
“It was a beautiful ride, but just talking to and meeting
new people was the best part,” said Randy Cottrell, a new Wilmington resident.
“It’s a great family event that everyone can participate in.”