The Terry Benjey Bicycling Foundation (TBBF) was founded in honor of a long time cyclist and cycling advocate in the Cape Fear Region. Terry was one of the cyclists that formed the Cape Fear Cyclists club over 35 years ago. In the ensuing years he promoted cycling, cycling events and cycling facilities. Unfortunately, Terry was killed in a cycling accident in 2013 and the Foundation was formed to perpetuate his vision and goals for cycling in our region. It is through the Foundation that Terry's legacy and vision lives on.
The Mission of the Foundation is: To improve bicycling opportunities and safety in the Cape Fear Region of North Carolina
The Goals of the Foundation are:
1) Promote the use of bicycles in the Cape Fear Region of North Carolina for transportation, recreation, and fitness.
2) Advocate for appropriate design, funding, and construction of accommodations and facilities for bicycling throughout the Cape Fear Region.
3) Promote public awareness of ways to safely share roads, trails, and greenways between bicyclists and other users of the facilities.
4) Educate the public about ways that increased use of bicycles for transportation for the benefit of public health and fitness, as well as contribute to the quality and conservation of our environment.
5) Educate youth and adults in bicycle handling skills, bicycle maintenance, and safe bicycle driving skills.
Daniel’s Ride – A Rememberance
Daniel’s Ride was a memorial bicycle ride on October 21st to honor Daniel Fetner, as well as all other cyclists killed on NC roadways, coordinated by the Cape Fear Cyclists and Terry Benjey Bicycling Foundation.
Daniel Fetner, 17, had visited several states via bicycle and loved cycling along the coast. His bicycle was a tool of fellowship, freedom, and for friendships to be made. He shared his mileage and incredible photos from the road via social media. Sadly, he was killed on July 19, 2017 when he was struck from behind by an impaired motorist on Civietown Road in Supply, NC. A Brunswick County man was charged with DWI and felony death by motor vehicle.
The memorial ride took place on a beautiful autumn afternoon at Carolina Beach State Park. About 80 people came out to remember Daniel and advocate for safe cycling. Funds were collected for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Bike Walk NC.