According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer when people think of the Jersey Shore they think of run down boardwalks, the Sopranos and hypodermic needles.
A new initiative to boost the image of the Jersey Shore is now in full swing and will include a 130 mile Sandy Hook to Cape May bike race next year.
Lets hope that the bike race is a start point for marketing and improving bicycling at the shore,
Some ideas for improvements:
- An bicycle/pedestrian master plan for every shore community
- Signing the Ocean Drive from Cape May to Atlantic City as a bike route
- Building and expanding paved pathways along the beaches that will enhance bicycling and improve beach access for the disabled.
A North Carolina’s study of bicycling in the Outer Banks notes that while $6 million were spent on building Bicycle Facilities, bicyclists spend $60 million annually and that 17% of surveyed visitors rode a bicycle while visiting the Outer Banks.