Pedal Power - Biking on Both Sides of the Delaware Bay
Interested in bicycling options in Cape May, Lewes and the surrounding areas? Here's everything you need to know to make coasting through your favorite beach town a breeze!
For some great exercise and carefree touring, park the car and take in the sights and delights of the southern New Jersey and Delaware coastal towns on two wheels. You can even bike the boards during certain hours. If you’re renting, you may find a two- or four-seat surrey or a tandem bicycle. And some bike rental places will deliver to your door.
Unlike the seaside wooden board- walks in the other coastal towns, Cape May’s is technically a paved promenade, making for nearly two miles of smooth cycling. Riding is permitted before 10 a.m.
During the summer months through Labor Day, bikes are welcome on the almost-2.5-mile boardwalk between 5 a.m. and noon. After Labor Day, bike access is unrestricted, except on Saturdays in September and early October when hours are again 5 a.m. to noon.
From mid-May to mid-September, bikes are permitted on the 38-block boardwalk from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekdays and until 10:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays.
Stretching more than one mile, the boardwalk allows biking 5-10 a.m. from mid-May to mid-September.
Bike Paths and Trails
The Cape May Shoreline Ride offers moderately easy terrain on a 46-mile round trip that begins and ends at the Cape May Lighthouse on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Ocean City maintains several bike paths for safe and scenic riding. For routes, maps and tips, visit www.oceancityvacation.com.
A scenic bike route runs the entire five-mile length of the Wildwoods, including a dedicated “bikes only” lane. For more information, visit www.wildwoodsnj.com.
LEWES AND REHOBOTH BEACH
Between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, two of the most popular bike paths in Cape Henlopen State Park are the 2.65-mile Gordons Pond Trail and the five-mile Junction and Breakwater Trail. For more information and other trail options, visit www.destateparks.com.