ONLINE UPDATE: River to Sea boasts more than 200 cyclists

by Jackson Fuller
Saturday, May 3, 2014

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.”

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