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May is National Bike Month! It's a perfect time to grab your bike, get outside, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Come see Cary from a new perspective…on two wheels! Here's a list of local and regional events, some recommended rides, and opportunities to learn more about your bike. Happy riding! 

Events & Education 

April 25: Bike Month Proclamation at Town Council
What better way to kick-off bike month than with an Official Proclamation from Cary’s Town Council. This year’s proclamation will also recognize Cary’s dedication to designing Complete Streets. Complete streets are designed with all people in mind, regardless of their mode of transportation. Read more about Cary’s transportation goals in the Imagine Cary Move Chapter.

April 27: Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
Stop by the Bike Cary booth along Earth Day Lane at Spring Daze to chat with greenway planners, pick up Cary's latest Bike & Hike map, and grab some Bike Month promo items. 

May 4: Fest in the West Festival
Visit us at the Bike Cary booth at Fest in the West and while you're there enjoy food and beer trucks, listen to music, shop at the Village of Arts and Crafts, and your kids will have a blast at the KidZone! Plus, we’ll have plenty of bike parking when you get there. 

May 8: Bike to School Day 
Join the thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials all around the country who will be participating in this year’s Bike to School Day. Parents, get the kids involved by checking to see how your school is planning to celebrate!

May 11: Bike Repairs at Bond Park
Ride out to Bond Park for an afternoon of fun, lake-side and check out the new bike repair station at the Boathouse! Town staff will be available from 1-3 p.m. to provide an overview of the repair station and offer bike maintenance tips, so your ride is ready to go when you are. Plus, those that ride their bike to the park at that time can get a free sno-cone.

May 11: Greenway Night at The Cary Theater
Come watch the film, Walk in the Woods at 6:15 p.m., plus s’mores on the sidewalk outside the theater!

May 17: Bike to Work Day
Did you know 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles long? Biking to work is a great way to incorporate these short trips into your daily commute. Try it for a day and visit us on your ride in at the New Hope Church Trailhead on the American Tobacco Trail from 7:30-9 a.m. Chat with local planners, pick up the latest Cary Bike/Hike map, and grab a breakfast snack.

May 18: Wheels on Academy
Come see us at Wheels on Academy in Downtown Cary! Stop by the Bike Cary booth in the Public Safety Day area. Attendees can explore police and fire vehicles, meet Town of Cary Police and Fire, and learn about Cary safety initiatives. Enjoy a kid’s fun zone, and food trucks. Plus, we’ll have plenty of bike parking when you get there!

June 1: 40 Years of Greenways Celebration
We’re celebrating 40 years of Cary Greenways from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bond Park! Get active on our greenways during the celebration and participate in a free, recreational 16-mile or 6.5-mile bike ride at 9:30 a.m. The first 75 registrants get a free t-shirt! Or participate in the free, recreational Walk-n-Roll with your family at 10 a.m. Enjoy reduced price boat rentals, live music, food trucks, craft beer, inflatables, balloon twisting, and help decorate the greenways with chalk art. Commemorative greenway prints and t-shirts will be available for purchase, plus check out the Greenways photo contest winners while you’re there. Thank you to our premier sponsor, UNC REX Healthcare!

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Group Rides 

April 28: 4th Annual Red Ribbon Ride
Participate in a 15, 30, or 62-mile route for riders of all levels. The ride supports the Alliance of Aids Services-Carolina. Learn more on their Facebook page.

May 10: Ride with Town of Cary Staff and Officials
Join Town of Cary Staff and Officials for an afternoon ride on the new section of Crabtree Creek Greenway. The ride will begin at 2 p.m. at Old Reedy Creek Trailhead. During the ride, hear from staff about recent and upcoming greenway projects. The ride out and back is just over 7 miles, all on greenway trail and should conclude around 4 p.m.  

May 12: Cyclofemme.com
Each year on Mother’s Day, self-led bike rides around the globe unite riders, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, or bicycle preference. Any ride length, type, and size counts, whether two friends, a team, or a parade. Visit Cycleoffemme for details. 

May 18: The V Foundation Victory Ride to Cure Cancer
Please visit the V Foundation for more information.

May 26: Oak City Cycling Project Mountain Bike Demo
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. stop by Oak City Cycling for demos.

June 8: Cross-Triangle Trail Ride
This ride is part of Cary’s 40 years of Greenways celebration. It is a 45-mile ride from Durham to Raleigh, with an alternate 25-mile start at Cary’s Bond Park. 

 

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Regional Partners

Visit the below sites to learn what else is going on in the Triangle for Bike Month!
GoTriangle
Bike Raleigh 

Local bike shop rides and events  
Trek Cary (formerly Cycle Spoken Here)
All Star Bike Shop  
REI Cary  
The Bicycle Chain  

Local Bike Groups 
Slow Spokes 
NC Bicycle Club  
Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC)  

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Recommended Rides in Cary

Did you know Cary has 80 miles of greenway trail? We’ve recommended some routes below to get you started or keep you moving!    

Loop Trails: 
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. 

Short Ride: 
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. 

Medium Distance: 
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.   

 

For more information:
Todd Milam
Facilities Planner
Transportation & Facilities Department
(919) 462-3945
Todd.Milam@townofcary.org