There are several options for commuting in the Cape Fear region. If you are tired of driving in traffic, would like to reduce driving costs, or if you’re interested in sustainable travel options, please visit the options below. If you would like to talk to someone to get a personalized commuting plan using any of the options below, please contact our region’s transportation planner, Adrienne Harrington at (910) 341-7806 or by email.
Where should I ride my bike?
The Cape Fear Region has a wide variety of bicycle facilities ranging from low traffic neighborhood streets to bike lanes to greenways and multi-use paths. Check out a few of our region’s bike maps:
River to Sea Bikeway Map – The River to Sea Bikeway is an 11-mile alignment that connects downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach. It follows the Historic Beach Car Line and is comprised of neighborhood residential streets, off-road multi-use paths, and a few busy arterial roadways.
Cross-City Trail Map – The Cross-City Trail is a 15-mile, primarily off-road multi-use path/greenway facility in Wilmington that provides access to numerous recreational, cultural, and educational destinations in Wilmington.
Bike Suitability Map – This map ranks the suitability of the roadways for bicycling in the Cape Fear region. This is similar to the ranking of ski slopes for snow skiers. The suitability rankings of the roadways apply to cyclists experienced in operating on the roadway network with other motorized vehicles. Inexperienced cyclists looking for facilities free of motorized vehicles can refer to the multi-use path (purple) facilities indicated on the map.
Where do I catch the bus?
WAVE Transit provides bus services in the Cape Fear region from downtown Wilmington to Leland to Carolina Beach and all points in between. It connects the historic district to UNCW, the Mall, and many shopping and employment centers. Check out the trip planner to determine the best bus route. Click here for transit maps & schedules.
What are my carpool options?
Share the Ride NC is a state-wide ride matching program in which the Cape Fear region participates. Visit the webpage to look for potential carpool buddies.
What are my vanpool options?
Riding in a vanpool saves you money in fuel and vehicle wear and tear, reduces the stress of dealing with stop and go traffic, and helps the environment. Plus there’s a tax incentive for both employees and employers! WAVE Transit manages the vanpool. They currently have two vans in operation, and two vans are available to any group of approved people commuting from one general area to another.
- Van 1 & Van 2– From Wilmington to Elizabethtown
- Van 3 & 4 – Available
For more information or to sign-up:
Contact Megan Matheny