Ann Street Bicycle Boulevard

boy bikerAnn St. Bicycle Boulevard. With the help of a Fit Community 2009 grant from the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, the City of Wilmington has constructed North Carolina’s first bicycle boulevard, which connects the historic neighborhoods of Ardmore, the Bottom, Brookwood, Carolina Place, Forest Hills and Old Wilmington to Williston Middle School, Gregory Elementary School, Fit for Fun Center, Sherridale Morgan Physical Fitness and Boxing Center, Robert Strange Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, downtown Wilmington and the Riverfront Farmers' Market.

The bicycle boulevard concept, which originated in Berkeley, California, is a strategy whereby bicycles are given priority over motor vehicles on an existing roadway corridor. The bicycle boulevard involves internal policy changes, as well as infrastructure components, which include curb extensions, alley resurfacing, high-visibility crosswalks, pavement markings, and signage.


group bikers

The OPI served on the Fit Community Task Force that coordinated promotional events and group rides along the boulevard from May-September of 2010. A total of 40 bicycles and numerous bicycle helmets and locks were given away at these events, along with gift cards for the Riverfront Farmer’s Market, located at the western end of the bicycle boulevard.
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Mayor Saffo and members of the Cape Fear Cyclists lead the way at the ribbon cutting ceremony held in April, 2010. 

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