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
May 3: 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.
May 4-5: CyclingSavvy Class - CANCELLED
CyclingSavvy is a three-part course taught by local American Bicycling Education Association Instructors, including classroom discussion and on-road opportunities, to teach students safe cycling techniques, provide riders confidence, and offer tools for problem solving any traffic situation on a bike.
May 9: 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 12: 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! REI and Town staff will be available from 12-2 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 18: 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 19: 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!
April 28: East Coast Greenway (ECG) -Toast to Trails
Start bike month early with this ECG Alliance hosted ride. This is a 25-mile round trip bicycle tour on the scenic southern portion of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT). The half-way point features a visit to the beautiful Cloer Family Vineyards in Apex, NC. Visit ECG for more details and tickets.
May 5: Ride to Fest in the West
Ride to the Fest in the West Festival! We are partnering with East Coast Greenway for a short ride along the White Oak Creek greenway and then up to Thomas Brooks Park where you can enjoy Fest in the West. The ride will begin at White Oak Park at 10:30 a.m. Additional parking with access to the greenway is available in lots near Davis Drive. For additional details on the ride, please visit ECG.
May 13: 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 Cyclofemme for details.
June 1: Ride with Town of Cary Staff and Officials - Rescheduled from May 18th due to the weather.
Join Town of Cary Staff and Officials for an afternoon ride on the White Oak Creek Greenway. The ride will begin at 2 p.m. at White Oak Park. From there, we’ll head west towards Green Level. During the ride, hear from staff about upcoming greenway projects. The ride out and back is just under 6 miles, all on greenway trail and concludes around 3:30 p.m.
June 2: National Trails Day Bike Ride
Extend bike month a few more days for National Trails Day for an 11.5-mile bike ride on the greenway. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at Thomas Brooks Park. Staff and members of the Town of Cary Greenway Committee will lead this ride.
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!
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 4.7 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:
Transportation & Facilities Department
Bike Hike App
Try the Bike&Hike App to find your way around the greenway system. Search “bike hike Cary” at your app store to find it for free download!