Go Coast

The Go Coast program provides alternative and sustainable transportation options to those that live, work, and play in the Cape Fear region.

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The BE A LOOKER PLEDGE is a commitment to embrace bicycling and walking as legitimate modes of transportation, to educate oneself on rules of the road, and to prioritize safety.

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2019 River to Sea Bike Ride:

Join us for a 20 mile round-trip, casual-paced bicycle ride from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach on Wilmington’s River to Sea Bikeway. Participants are highly encouraged to pre-register. There is no charge, but t-shirts are available for purchase. Helmets are required and cyclists should give their bicycle a thorough safety inspection before the event.

Participants must be able to ride 20 miles or arrange for their own transportation after the break at Wrightsville Beach Park.

Police support will be provided throughout the ride.

Starting location is 12 N Front Street. 

Check in/registration to begin @ 6:00 am with departure @ 7:00 am.

REGISTER AT https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Wilmington/RiverToSeaBikeRide2019

For the convenience of the participants, the route for this event deviates slightly from that of the River To Sea Bikeway. You can view a map of the event route here.

Commuter Options:

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, Nick Cannon at (910) 341-7806 or by email.

Go Coast wishes to recognize employers in the area that offer alternative transportation services to its employees. Companies and Businesses in the Cape Fear area can apply to receive a commuter friendly designation. Please complete PDF application and email it to GoCoast@wilmingtonng.gov.

Commuter Friendly Employer Application

Where should I ride my bike?Biking_MUP

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?

Maura Mooney walks out of a bus shelter to get on a Wave Transit bus off New Centre Dr. in Wilmington Wednesday, October 27, 2010. The company is planning on purchasing more shelters for stops around Wilmington. Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

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.

          1. Van 1 & Van 2– From Wilmington to Elizabethtown
          2. Van 3 & 4 – Available

For more information or to sign-up:

Contact Megan Matheny
(910) 202-2051