Bike & Ped Plans

Wilmington Rail Trail Master Plan

Project: Wilmington Rail Trail Master Plan Year: 2020

In January 2020, the Wilmington MPO and the Friends of the Wilmington Rail Trail kicked off the development of a multimodal master plan for the downtown rail corridor between 3rd Street and McRae Street. The effort was funded by the WMPO’s federal Direct Attributable program and a donation from the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County. The purpose of the plan is to address the feasibility for use of the corridor by bicycles, pedestrians, and future passenger rail service. The final plan offers potential alignment and points of access, as well as recommendations for the integration of public art into the corridor.

The development of the plan was guided by a steering committee comprised of WMPO, City of Wilmington, and NCDOT staff, as well as members of the Friends of the Wilmington Rail Trail, the Arts Council, and citizen advocates for the project. Stakeholder involvement and the understanding of existing conditions and constraints was incorporated into the plan’s development as well as public input attained through a public survey and 14-day public comment period on the draft plan. The final plan, which can be viewed at the link below, was adopted by the WMPO Board on November 18, 2020.

Project Files:
Wilmington Rail Trail Master Plan

Carolina Beach Pedestrian Plan

Project: Carolina Beach Pedestrian Plan Year: 2019

This Plan is intended to provide a framework for identifying pedestrian needs, both in terms of physical infrastructure and encouragement programs for the Town of Carolina Beach. The vision for this pedestrian master plan is to enhance the livability of Carolina Beach by creating an appealing, walkable environment for both residents and visitors.

Project Files:
Carolina Beach Pedestrian Plan

Leland Pedestrian Plan

Project: Leland Pedestrian Plan Year: 2016

This is the first pedestrian plan for the Town of Leland. The plan will be used to identify and prioritize pedestrian and greenway projects in Leland. It will also help enhance the pedestrian environment by guiding community programs, getting projects into the state STIP, improving eligibility for other funding, and connecting a pedestrian network.

Project Files:
Leland Ped Plan

River to Sea Bikeway Master Plan

Project: River to Sea Bikeway Master Plan Year: 2013

This is an 11-mile on-and-off-road bicycle route that follows the Historic Beach Car Line.The bikeway is comprised of neighborhood residential streets, off-road multi-use paths and a few arterial roadways. It provides bicycle and pedestrian access to numerous recreational, cultural, and educational destinations in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

Project Files:
River To Sea Bikeway Master Plan

Wilmington-New Hanover County Comprehensive Greenway Plan

Project: Wilmington-New Hanover County Comprehensive Greenway Plan Year: 2013

This plan provides a framework for the establishment of a comprehensive network of greenways in the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County to enhance opportunities for multi-modal transportation and recreation to include plans for walking, bicycling, canoeing and kayaking.

Project Files:
Plan Maps
Final Draft
Appendix

Cross-City Trail Master Plan

Project: Cross-City Trail Master Plan Year: 2012

In 2008, the Wilmington City Council adopted the Cross-City Trail alignment. Tentative plans for the Cross-City Trail arose from the passage of the Parks and Greenspace Bond, of which $1 million was allocated for a bike-hike greenway system, and expanded through private and public partnerships and through connections to existing or funded off-road trails. The trail is anticipated to be fully constructed by the end of 2016.

 

Project Files:
Cross-City Trail Master Plan

Carolina Beach Bicycle Multi-Use Transportation Plan

Project: Carolina Beach Bicycle Multi-Use Transportation Plan Year: 2011

This plan creates a vision and framework for Carolina Beach to become a more bicycle and multi‐use path friendly environment that provides inter-connectivity to the various town destinations.

Project Files:
Carolina Beach Bicycle Multi-Use Plan

Pelican Drive/Salisbury Street Bicycle Plan for the Town of Wrightsville Beach

Project: Pelican Drive/Salisbury Street Bicycle Plan for the Town of Wrightsville Beach Year: 2009

This study examines different alternatives for on-road and off-road bicycle facilities along the Pelican Drive and Salisbury Street corridor in the Town of Wrightsville Beach.

Project Files:
Plan
Recommended Designs

Walk Wilmington: A Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan 2009

Project: Walk Wilmington: A Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan 2009 Year: 2009

In 2007, the City of Wilmington received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to develop a comprehensive pedestrian plan. The final plan was adopted by Wilmington City Council on August 4, 2009. With this plan, the City of Wilmington and NCDOT hope to meet the demands for safer and more extensive pedestrian facilities, including greenways, sidewalks, and crosswalks. The comprehensive pedestrian plan will guide local, regional and state efforts to improve conditions for walking in the City of Wilmington and increase our reputation as one of the premier tourism and recreation destinations in the southeast.

Project Files:
Executive Summary
Full Plan
Appendices

Comprehensive Bicycle Plan for Leland

Project: Comprehensive Bicycle Plan for Leland Year: 2008

The Comprehensive Bicycle Plan for Leland was adopted in 2008. This Plan provides the Town with a planning tool, which will assist in the expansion, promotion, and funding of safe and efficient bicycle facilities and programs and initiatives  throughout Leland.

Project Files:
Leland Bike Plan Final