Wilmington Cycling Updates
(updated: Feb 25, 2009)
A few updates regarding cycling opportunities in our area...
The Wilmington Cyclovia (or whatever it will end up being called) planning is underway. We've had meetings with the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) and Wilmington Parks Advisory Board. Next steps are to get a resolution from the WMPO, a recommendation from the PAB, and then get on the City Council meeting agenda. I'd really like to get this kicked off this summer. I think it's going to be a huge success. I also feel that getting people out riding their bikes on the streets safely will be the catalyst that will turn Wilmington into a bike friendly community. That's the goal, anyway. I think this is very important because we're going to face a highly probable shutdown of our transportation system and our collapse of our economy because it's based on limitless fossil fuels and we have now passed the peak. So we have to get a lot more efficient in moving about. This means bikes are going to play a much bigger role in local transportation. Why not start the transformation with the Cyclovia and have fun doing it too?
There's a lot of details and roadblocks to think through, however. For example, we really want it to be an absolute minimum of a three mile section of road for a six mile loop. However, our top road candidate is the 17th St extension, from S. College to Independence, which is about two miles. And there's construction on Independence which could delay this getting kicked off. Then there's working out the cost details, notifying shops and neighborhoods and getting them on board, permitting, and whether we have the resources to make this a regular Sunday event. Nothing's easy.
If you'd like to help or have a good idea for a name for this event, comment here or shoot me an email. Next meeting is March 12 with the WMPO. Also, if you haven't yet signed the Wilmington Cyclovia petition, here's the link: Sign the Wilmington Cyclovia Online Petition.
Singletrack trails in the new 900 acre Brunswick Nature Park could become a reality if the NC Land Trust rules will allow this type of use. Steve and I met with the Brunswick County Parks Director who will be bringing the proposal for mountain biking trails to the review board. This is the most likely location for a second location for off road biking. It would be nice to have another legal place to ride. Brunswick County is big on bikes and has a comprehensive bike plan. Leland also has a master bike plan as well. I have a copy if you want to see it, but it can be found online here.
It's way too early to provide any detail but I will say that there is the possibility of gaining significantly more trail to Blue Clay at some point in the future. We have another meeting with the Parks Advisory Board March 3 to discuss Phase II and getting approval for trails on the other side of the road. But it's going to take a while. It always does with the county.
Regarding trails in RiverLights we are still in the process of working out an agreement. However, it's looking more and more likely that the Cape Fear Cycists (CFC) will have to become affiliated with IMBA to make this happen. Look for an announcement coming soon from CFC.
Finally, I am making a DVD of the footage from the last race at Blue Clay. I'm working through some DVD creation issues, but when it's ready I will add a paypal link for covering the cost of DVD and postage, or I can have them available at the park. If interested, comment below or send me email so I know how many copies to make.
1. randy said...
I have tried to get CFC to affiliate with IMBA/SORBA forever. Too bad CFC's leaders have a combined IQ of 78.
Feb 26, 2009 @ 7:16 AM
2. Mike said...
Wouldn't 17th extension be too far for many people and too far from places to stop and hang out, shop, etc? There's not really a whole lot going on in that area, just a bunch of empty road. I was thinking someplace near downtown would be better but I dunno.
Feb 26, 2009 @ 10:25 AM
3. Bryan said...
What about 5th? They could even turn one side of it into two-way traffic for the day. Not sure if the intersection at Wooster, Dawson, and Market would be a dealbreaker or not. If it would work, it would have Greenfield Lake at one end, and could get strong involvement from the black community as well.
Map of route
Feb 26, 2009 @ 11:27 AM
4. Bryan said...
D'oh! Sorry about the ugly link, lack of HTML formatting, and inappropriate attire. But it is complete if you copy/paste and will show the route I'm proposing.
Feb 26, 2009 @ 11:29 AM
5. SBA said...
I fixed the link. I have it so that links are disabled in comments due to link spammers.
I like that route. I'd like to present the top three and see how the city council/community feels about each. My gut feeling is that the store owners downtown will love it.
Feb 26, 2009 @ 6:59 PM
6. SBA said...
We have to figure out a way to associate with IMBA/SORBA. One issue is they would control all the club's finances and that is a deal breaker.
Feb 26, 2009 @ 7:09 PM
7. Mac said...
How about the ABA BMX Track. Whats the deal on the land or what. Anybody know of anymore land we could build on?
Feb 26, 2009 @ 10:18 PM
8. Captain Hyperspeed said...
so let me get this straight, in order for CFC to be apart of IMBA/SORBA we have to give up our ability to deal with the money ourselves? They deal with the finances? I agree thats a deal breaker. It sucks because we it would be beneficial to have that association for many reasons but if the Cyclists can't control the funds coming in i can't blame them for not wanting to do that.
Feb 27, 2009 @ 7:40 AM
9. Randy said...
Judging from past experiences with both IMBA/SORBA, and the CFC, I can tell you who I would rather trust with my money. That is why I joined SORBA. I ride many places other than Wilmington, and try to support everyone.
We should have established a SORBA chapter last year, and we would be miles ahead on trails right now.
Feb 27, 2009 @ 9:16 AM
10. SBA said...
DVD of Blue Clay footage is ready. Send me an email if interested so I know how many copies to make.
Mar 1, 2009 @ 9:43 PM
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