After decades of discussion, Wrightsville Beach is getting closer to having a bike path of its own. Two options were presented to the Board of Alderman, and Thursday night, residents will have the chance to speak up at a public hearing. A public hearing on two proposed options is the next step in the process, and if approved, they'll talk funding. "We would seek funding through the Tiger Grant which is a joint project with the city of Wilmington, New Hanover County, UNCW and Wrightsville Beach, there's part of federal funds as part of the stimulus package,” said Katie Ryan of WB Parks and Rec. One option calls for stand alone bridges for bikers, at a cost of more than three million dollars. The other is about $800,000, and would create designated bike lanes. Both plans would be a welcome change and would extend the cross-city trail, focusing on the stretch from the WB drawbridge to Johnny Mercer's Pier. The town of Wrightsville Beach doesn't let cyclists on the sidewalk, leaving them only one option, to compete with cars on the busy road. "It's pretty dangerous with all the cars and very limited shoulders in parts and parked cars on both sides of the street,” said Cathy Pastore, a member of Cape Fear Cyclists. The Board of Alderman is expected to vote on approving an option Thursday night.
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