Wilm. city council members ask for millions to improve bike trails

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - During Tuesday's Wilmington City Council meeting, members voted in favor of asking the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program for more than $17 million in federal stimulus money.

The money will go towards improving the Cross City Trail and the River to Sea Bikeway.  The application will include Wilmington, UNCW, New Hanover County, and Wrightsville Beach.

The president of the Cape Fear Cyclists Club said getting the grant would be a huge accomplishment for locals and tourists.

"This area represents a perfect place for cycling, both for pleasure and for commuting, and to get a $17.4 million grant through the Tiger Grant would be just a huge benefit to the area," said president Al Schroetel.

A public hearing to discuss the bike plan in the Wrightsville Beach area will take place Sept. 10.

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