Moses Mathis, affectionately known as the Bicycle Man for his efforts to make bikes available to children, will have a part of the new Cape Fear River Trail named for him, the
Fayetteville City Council decided Monday.
The Council also voted 7-3 to increase oversight of the Public Works Commission departments.
Mathis died in July in his sleep at the age of 76. Monday. He was known in the community for fixing up old bikes and giving them away to thousands of needy children every Christmas.
Mathis spent 22 years collecting bicycles from the community and then fixing them up to distribute at Christmas to children whose families could not afford them. At one point, Fayetteville police had to advise people to plan their trip ahead of time because of the crowds expected to show up at Mathis' warehouse.
Mathis' widow plans to continue to give bikes away this year.
For more information on Mathis and the project, you can visit the Bicycle Man website here.