City Councilman’s son hit by car

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Submitted: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 4:08pm
Updated: Sat, 07/23/2011 - 4:54pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– At approximately 9:45 p.m. Saturday night a man on a bicycle was hit near the 7200 block of Eastwood Road heading towards Wrightsville Beach.

WWAY has confirmed with Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark that it was his 33 year old son Travis on that bicycle.

Travis Rivenbark was seriously injured and transported to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Councilman Rivenbark says his son is in serious condition and that “It is not looking good at all.” He also said there is a chance of paralysis.

No charges have been placed at this time.


  • Guest2012 says:


    I posted my thoughts after yours today, but never saw your comments until now. I laughed that we both easily recognized that the silly post came from a leftie who solves by embracing communism.

    Anyway, I liked your post!

    It may help those control freak individuals who think that laws should be created based on every occurance in society be able to THINK more LOGICALLY. Maybe, just maybe they will begin to open their eyes to their administrations other extreme and tainted ideologies.

    You also zeroed in on the lunatic drivers who cause the actual problems, and what the simple solution is!

    Besides, “open your eyes people”, how about:

    Get your dog OFF OF YOUR LAP to the MORONS WHO DO THAT!!!They MUST be NEWCOMERS or extremely low-intelligence people who DRIVE with a DOG on their laps in any area, in any city, town, county.

    People who drive with the dog on their lap, and see nothing at all wrong with it, should vividly imagine the gore and grusomeness of how Blooody the DOGGIE would get when the crash occurs, (and how the CRASH WILL INDEED OCCUR with a Doggie on your lap), and then they would drive their vehicles fully engaged in the act of DRIVING!!!

    They don’t care about you and me or themselves, but they love that DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW. Freaks!

  • Raj Sharma says:

    The main thing to FOCUS on right now is PRAYING for TRAVIS RIVENBARK and the RIVENBARK Family,, there definitly have to be better guidelines for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers driving safer, i’ve been hit by a car and by GOD’s grace still have full mobility,, PRAY for TRAVIS to have a SAFE and QUICK RECOVERY… You got this TRAVIS-GET BETTER SOON

  • brendle99 says:

    I hope the bike had all the lights in legal working order. I also hope the bike had the required city license sticker, which would entitle the rider to use the city roads. If the bike was not legal, it was crowding my roads, and endangering my fellow drivers paint jobs and peace of mind while they legally are in transit. Automobiles and motorcycles buy
    tags and pay insurance. They have a legal right to use our roads.How many bicyclist pay for the road? My guess is not many. I hope Mr. Rivenbark gets thru this ok.

  • Readdddd says:

    My prayers are with Travis and his family. I pray for his speedy recovery.

  • Guest2012 says:

    Are you serious?
    or are you insane?

    Stephen King should write a scary novel about looney liberals, but then again, just stay tuned-in here and you will be scared out of your mind.

    A God fearing, tax-strapped, tax paying, United States of America CITIZEN, who owns the public streets of America, and all the POT HOLES and ORANGE CONES bought by the Stimulus Omnibus Package of Bulls%$# that comes with them.

  • Guest2010 says:

    Elected officials are people too. Some are slime. Sure. But some are decent. Charlie must be hurting I think so my prayers are not only with his son but with our councilman.

  • Guest857 says:

    Just because I ride a bike doesn’t mean that I don’t pay taxes. We have 3 cars in the family and use them as our main mode of transportation. I have never even come close to endangering a paint job…wow, where did you pull that one from? The reason I ride a bike is to keep my a** from getting too big. Most of us bike people actually save you money by keeping healthy. By keeping healthy, there is one less person who may have to use the motorized grocery buggy. It’s yours to use but don’t expect me to hold the door open for you. I hope Obama taxes the pork chop off of your dinner table!

  • Jared B says:

    brindle you are so ridiculous.How dare you take Travis’s unfortunate circumstance and turn it into a political conversation. Please, before you respond with some idiotic fallacy of a narrative that you so gratefully accept and digest from your Wall Street Journal and Fox News, stop and think about the forum in which you reside. I am sure you would not appreciate that type of banter if you were the injured. I do understand that your “freedom” may get in the way of your stone cold heart, but try to remember the world is not yours alone! With no doubt most intelligent people will greet your moronic statements with a eye roll and a wish for your enlightenment…..however, I think you should apologize to Travis, his family, and the readership of this blog. Shame on you

    If you are not Bridle and want to further his line of thinking, then please walk into your bathroom and tell your thoughts to your toilet……after all that is where the belong

  • Job says:

    take your politics and neo-McCarthyism and shove it up your troll a$$. Whatever politics exist whereever and whenever people still die on roadways. this is about a man who was nearly killed on his bicycle. liberals, conservatives and whomever else should be vigilent as drivers and bikers to protect thereselves and others. Good luck Travis. I’m pulling for you dude!

  • Guest2012 says:

    Exactly! Another misstep in bike lane planning and pedestrian friendly infra-structures in otherwise wonderful Wilmington.

  • GuestLee says:

    My understanding is that he was hit trying to CROSS Eastwood Road (not riding on the side). People can misjudge how quickly a car is approaching at night and which lane they are in. Add to that the fact that drivers just don’t see well at night, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Travis and his family.

  • Guest1234 says:

    There is a bike lane. It is on the other side of the road there. It is outside of Landfall. It doesn’t go very far, but it is there.They need to finish this bike path. They stopped it at the end of Military and Eastwood, but it was supposed to get you to the bridge at Wrightsville Beach. Riding a bike here is very hard. Good luck Travis, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Guest555 says:

    That’s right, there is no bike lane there. I ride my bike down that road every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I am very cautious while riding whether there is a bike/pedestrian lane or not. It is the drivers who need to pay more attention to what is going on around them. If a cyclist is riding in the lane in front of your car, then HE, the Cyclist, has the right of way.
    Please pay attention to what you are doing and share the road. It is a public road, not just for cars.

  • Guest007 says:

    I know a lot of people would probably disagree with me, but it should be against the law to ride a motorcycle/scooter/bicycle from sundown to sunup. Even with lights and reflectors, it’s still sometimes difficult or impossible to see them until you’re right on top of them. This guy might have done everything right, but if he hadn’t been riding his bike on the road that late at night, he wouldn’t have gotten hit.

  • Guest2012 says:

    But, we make life and death decisions everyday.

    Walking after dark.

    Crossing a street.

    Going up a ladder.

    Swimming in the Ocean alone.

    Voting for Obama!

    God Bless America, Land of the Free.

  • Two Wheeler says:

    You must be an Obama voter. OPEN YOUR FRIGGIN’ EYES and you would actually be able to see motorcycles!!! I burn 130watt beams….if you look at my bike you will get your retina’s burned out. How about we ban blind/distracted drivers like you from ever obtaining a driver’s license. LOSER!

  • Guest1956 says:

    Guest007 you are an idiot. How about the drunks and people that can’t drive stay home from sundown to sunup because it’s against the law.. Oh that’s right it’s already against the law to drive stupid (Careless/Reckless) and DWI. Learn how to drive Wilmington. Every year it gets worse.

  • Teddy_Davis says:

    Praying for yall.

  • Pam DeGlow says:

    I am incredibly sad over this. How many bike riders in New Hanover County need to be seriously injured or killed while riding their bikes? You probably won’t publish this, you wouldn’t publish one of mine after the fatality deaths of the father and son.

    In a county where the drivers are insane, the riders need to taken THE UTMOST care while riding on the streets. Riders first of all should wear the best and most safe helmet they can afford. Riders should wear reflective clothing, EVEN DURING THE DAY. Each bike should have reflective tape, and flashers.

    I am not trying to sound like a legalistic, judgemental person….and I am certainly not point the finger soley at the riders. My point is, where the drivers are crazy, the bikers need to take on more responsibilty.

  • whosresponsible says:

    Why are you giving the admittedly insane drivers a free pass on this? The majority of riders take a lot of care because we know that no matter who’s right or wrong, the cyclist will lose if there’s a crash.

    We take a risk when we go out on our bikes, but if we never took a risk, we wouldn’t really be living, would we?

    That said, 9:45pm on a Saturday isn’t tbe best time to be riding a bike.

  • Guest7969 says:

    a biker…you have GOT to be kidding me blaming all this on drivers!! Your out of your MIND…a large portion of bikers in this county think they are indestructible and ROUTINELY break the rules of the road! I would NEVER bike after dark, it’s dangerous enough at any other time..I PRAY this guy makes it out OK…but to blame drivers….you aren’t paying attention to your fellow bikers..there’s blame on BOTH sides around here!

  • Guest5555555555555555555555555 says:

    He would be fine now if he used the bike & pedestrian lane on Eastwood and not ride at night. Especially on Saturday night when all the drunks are out and about. I always say if your driving or riding on 2 wheels in this town your cutting your life short. Hope he makes it through this.

  • whatbikelane says:

    There’s no bike lane at the 7200 block of Eastwood. It ends at Military Cutoff.

  • Phillyguy says:

    First my heart and thoughts are with Travis and the family…I hope he comes out 100% Second people do not show courtesy or have good driving skills. This is not limited to Wilmington…I have seen the same thing in NJ, NY, and PA when I lived there as well. Too many peoople in a hurry…on their cell phones…I pads or on something and not paying attention. Any given day I can go down Market st (I go the speed limit) and have other drivers give me the finger, tailgate, or cut me off only to get stuck at the redlight in front of me. I don’t drive after 9 pm for fear of all the drunks around here and the cops need to take these jackasses off the road! Go to any city in the UK or Italy and you will see bikes, mopeds and cars share the road with few issues.

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