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Fayetteville council considers naming part of trail after 'Bicycle Man'

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A new section of the Cape Fear River Trail in Fayetteville may be named after Moses Mathis, the man known as Fayetteville's "Bicycle Man." A new section of the Cape Fear River Trail in Fayetteville may be named after Moses Mathis, the man known as Fayetteville's "Bicycle Man."
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

A new section of the Cape Fear River Trail in Fayetteville may be named after Moses Mathis, the man known as Fayetteville's "Bicycle Man."

City Council is scheduled to talk about the naming possibility Tuesday night.

Mathis died in July. He was known for his Christmas charity of giving bikes to needy children.

The section that could be named after Mathis would be built next year. It would connect Clark Park to the Cape Fear Botanical Garden.

According to a City Council memo, "any city facility or property may be named in honor of deceased individuals only and organizations who have made significant contributions to the quality of life and the community through their achievements, leadership, service and civic or financial donations."

On Monday, Mathis's widow Ann Mathis said she feels naming a section of the trail after her late husband would be an honor.

"Moses did a lot, and just the idea that something would be named after him – or in his honor – is great," she said. "It's great for the kids to see that he meant something to this community. I think it's wonderful. I really do."

Mathis also once again stated her plans to continue the bicycle giveaway this Christmas. However, she said she currently has concerns about the cargo van used by the "BicycleMan" charity.

She said the van is so old it may no longer pass inspection. She said she needs a donation of a van to make this year's charity work a success. She said a new van is an integral part of transporting bicycles for the charity.

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