May is Bike Month in Cary, and while we’ve all had to make some changes recently, we are still hopeful that this May we can celebrate bicycling in Cary; which will always allow us to be outside, get active, and feel connected to our community. Happy riding!
Safety and Tips
- Healthy riding during Covid-19:
- Physical distancing: Along with the 6-foot recommendation, when riding stay three bike lengths, or 15 to 20-feet apart.
- Share the space: When approaching a cyclist or walker, provide a verbal "on your left" and allow extra space when you pass by them.
- Sidewalks: If you're riding on the sidewalk, please use caution and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
- Additional tips : Ride-Healthy.com
- Give your bike a checkup: If you’re a new rider or just ready to dust off your old bike, visit our education page where you can find information on the rules of the road, a checklist for getting your bike ready for the ride, and tips to ride safely.
- Bike safety skills for kids ages 5 - 18: Bicycle Safer Journey
- Did you know: In addition to over 80 miles of greenway trails, the Town of Cary has over 120 miles of on-road bike facilities.
- On-road bike facilities: Visit our facility page to learn more about our bike lanes, wide outside lanes, and neighborhood bikeways, which provide safe options for getting around, and plenty of room for everyone! As the days grow longer and now with fewer cars on the road, it’s never been a better time to try out a new route.
Until we can get together as a group again, visit these online partners to track your trips, join a team, and earn rewards!
- Share the Ride NC: A state wide resource that allows you to track your daily trips, learn the benefits, and earn rewards.
- National Bike Challenge: Love to Ride and the League of American Bicyclists are joining forces to bring you the National Bike Challenge. Find a team or join with a group of friends "virtually" during Bike Month for some healthy competition and fun!
Recommended Rides in Cary
We’ve recommended some greenway routes below to get you started or keep you moving!
Cary Park Lake Greenway – This 1.9-mile greenway winds around Cary Park Lake. For those looking for a longer ride, continue south from the lake, along the Southbridge Greenway which connects to a street-side trail along Morrisville Parkway, or ride to nearby Mills Park.
Symphony Lake Greenway – This 1.8-mile loop extends around Symphony Lake with parking available at the nearby Koka Booth Amphitheatre. This greenway loop connects to the Swift Creek Greenway providing a short ride to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve.
Higgins Greenway– This 0.8-mile-long central Cary greenway begins at SW Maynard Road and extends north to Dorothy Park. This short ride passes wetlands, popular for bird watching. From here, you’re just a short ride into Downtown Cary from Dorothy Park.
Speight Branch Greenway– This 1.3-mile greenway begins at Walnut Street, near the shopping center’s Tryon Woods Drive entrance, and extends through a wooded, flat section before reaching Cary Parkway. Extend your ride by taking the loop trail around Macedonia Lake.
Hinshaw Greenway– Explore two parks and cross a “giant” bridge on this 1.7-mile greenway trail. It connects MacDonald Woods Park with the Kids Together Playground at Marla Dorrel Park, with a bike and pedestrian bridge crossing over US 1/64.
Morris Branch Greenway– This 2-mile greenway in West Cary extends along Morris Branch, with views of Amberly Lake. The west end of the trail connects to the New Hope Church Road Trailhead and from there you can hop on the American Tobacco Trail to extend your ride!
Long, longer, longest:
White Oak Creek Greenway– This 7.3 mile east to west connection across Cary has some of the newest sections of trail in town, and connects numerous parks and schools on the eastern section, and as it extends west, you’ll forget the nearby neighborhoods as you ride past scenic streams, wetlands, and natural areas.
Black Creek Greenway– This greenway is the longest trail entirely within Cary (7.1 miles) and one of the most popular too. The trail connects Bond Park to Lake Crabtree, and also provides connections to White Oak Creek Greenway.
American Tobacco Trail– Hit three counties in one ride! The popular 23-mile American Tobacco Trail begins in Apex, passes through Cary, and extends all the way to Durham. Built on old railroad bed, the trail remains flat, as it passes through residential areas, by farm fields, past streams, and ponds, and even shopping and dining areas near Southpoint.
East Coast Greenway – Feeling adventurous? Did you know the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway (ECG) extends through the Town of Cary? Nearly 20 miles of Cary’s greenways comprise a portion of the ECG. The ECG can take you across Cary or along the entire eastern seaboard from Maine to Key West! Map your trip here.
For more information:
Transportation & Facilities Department