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  • Just three hours of bicycling per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent.
  • A few trips every week made on a bike instead of in a car can save you money on gas and reduce the wear and tear on your car.
  • Over 70 percent of CO2 emissions are contributed to fossil-fueled transportation.
  • Traffic congestion causes 4.8 billion hours of delay annually and 3.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel, totaling $115 billion of wasted gasoline.
  • Get places quickly and more conveniently.
  • It's free!
  • Registration deters theft. A registered bike is less likely to get stolen.
  • Registration helps prove it is yours! In the event that your bicycle is missing, registration is the only real way to prove that it belongs to you.
  • Registration helps to stay connected. If your bicycle is parked somewhere it should not be and needs to be moved or if it is recovered by campus police, there is no way to contact you if your bike is not registered.

If your bike is stolen, use the alert feature on the 529 Garage app to notify the community. You should also go directly to the University Police to file an official report.

Bicycle registration is mandatory and FREE:

  1. Bring your bike to the Hawk Wheels Bike Support Office located in the Hub.
  2. We will assist you in getting your bike registered.
  3. Your registration will be effective for the entire time you are with UNCW.

Please note: You cannot register your bicycle unless you have the physical bicycle with you upon arrival at the Hawk Wheels Bike Support Office.

To register your bike you will need:

  • Bike make
  • Bike model
  • Serial number

The most common place to find the bike serial number is on the underside of the crank. It's engraved in the bike and is unique to each individual bicycle.

Each time before you ride make sure:

  1. The tires have enough air
  2. The brakes work (cables aren't stretched and brake levers are stern)
  3. Items such as the chain and gear are in good working order
Remember to:
  • Use a kickstand so your bike doesn't fall over
  • Lock your bike by the frame! Do not lock your bike by the wheel
  • Only lock your bike to a designated bike rack
  • Take your bike inside over holidays when class is not in session
  • Clean and lubricate your bike's chain and gears regularly to avoid rust and build-up. This maintenance is especially important due to the salty Wilmington air.

Transportation Questions?

Hawk Wheels Bike Support Office 

Spring 2024 Office Hours (January 2 - May 13) : Monday - Friday, 8:30a - 4:30p

Summer 2024 Office Hours (May 20 - July 25) : Monday - Friday, 9:00a - 3:30p


Biking Maps

Gary Shell Cross City Trail - from James EL Wade Park to the Wrightsville Beach bridge

River to Sea Bikeway - from downtown Wilmington to Johnny Mercer's Pier on Wrightsville Beach