Biking

Bicycles are allowed on all roads and areas open to motor vehicles; however, they are not allowed on Oak Island.

  • The most popular ride is the 12-mile loop around the lower end of the island comprised of Sauvie Island Road, Reeder Road, and Gillihan Road. There is a large tourist information map on the parking lot premises at the foot of the island bridge.

Special riding/driving considerations of the island:

  • This is an agricultural zone, which can pose the following safety concerns:
    • slow-moving farm equipment is on the road
    • tall crops alongside the road can present challenging biking and driving conditions.
  • The island roads have neither shoulders nor a biking path; consequently bikers have to share the road with vehicles. As the paved roads are only two-lane, it is suggested that bikers ride single file to allow room for cars to pass by safely without entering into oncoming lanes.
  • The first 1.5 miles of Sauvie Island Rd is a dike road; bikers take extreme caution here; as drop off on both sides of the road can be extremely steep.
  • At three intersections on the island one street requires traffic to STOP and the intersecting traffic is not required to stop. These are:
    • Where Reeder Rd intersects with Sauvie island Road;  Reeder Road traffic must stop while Sauvie Island Road traffic does not.
    • Where Reeder Rd intersects with Gillihan Road; Reeder Road traffic must stop while Gillihan Road traffic does not.
    • Where Gillihan Road intersects with Sauvie Island Road (northbound @ turnaround by bridge).  Gillihan Road traffic must stop while Sauvie Island Road traffic does not.
  • Remember, these considerations are especially important as the island is now experiencing over 1.5 million visitors per year.