NJDOT launches three new bicycle tour guides
Online guides highlight the North Shore and More, Bayshore Byways and Greenwood Lake tours
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced it has posted three new bicycle guides on the Department web site. The new guides – The North Shore and More, Bayshore Byways and Greenwood Lake – encompass more than 90 miles of bicycle routes.
“NJDOT’s new bicycle guides help promote New Jersey’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike,” said Commissioner James Simpson. “Bicycling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to get exercise.”
• The North Shore and More bike tour begins and ends at the Bayshore Trail segment of the Henry Hudson Trail in Aberdeen, Monmouth County. This tour is almost exclusively off road, except for a short section through Atlantic Highlands, where bicyclists can take in the view of the Sandy Hook and Raritan Bays as well as the New York City skyline from the Mount Mitchell Scenic Overlook. As they continue to Sandy Hook National Park, they will see the “Twin Lights of the Highlands” and then head into the park to explore Fort Hancock, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, beaches and salt marsh.
• The Bayshore Byways ride includes stops at Bivalve, the home port of the Bayshore Discovery Project’s A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s tall ship and the East Point Lighthouse. The tour route starts and ends in historic Millville along the Maurice River, which once served as a river port and a mecca for the glassmaking industry and offers a peek at unique natural landscapes along the “western shore”.
• The Greenwood Lake tour route is a 16.8-mile loop that travels around the lake situated half in New Jersey and half in New York. Beginning and ending at Brown’s Point Park in West Milford, Passaic County, the route travels along the mostly flat western edge of the lake before moving up tree-lined routes with some steep ascents and descents on the eastern side. Within a few miles of the lake are the Appalachian Trail, Long Pond Ironworks and Ringwood State Parks and Sterling Forest State Park in New York
NJDOT currently offers eighteen geographically diverse tour guides for bicyclists available in Portable Document Format (PDF). The maps include enhanced directions and information about parking, food and other local amenities.
NJDOT also publishes two long distance bicycle tour guides, the 238-mile High Point to Cape May Bike Route and the East Coast Greenway Multi-use Trail Guide.
NJDOT currently offers bicycle guides on the following routes:
Allamuchy Allegory Ride - Warren and Sussex Counties
Battle of Monmouth Ride - Monmouth County
Bayshore Byways – Cumberland County
Burlington County Bikeways - Burlington County
Campgaw Caper – Bergen County
Cape May Shoreline Ride - Cape May County
Cumberland Salem Revolution - Cumberland and Salem Counties
D&R Canal Towpath Ride - Mercer County
Double Trouble – Ocean County
East Coast Greenway Multi-use Trail – State route
Great Swamp Ride - Morris and Somerset Counties
Greenwood Lake – Passaic County and New York State
High Point to Cape May Bike Route – State route
Last Covered Bridge Ride - Mercer and Hunterdon Counties
Old Mine Road Ride - Warren and Sussex Counties
Pine Barrens River Ramble - Burlington and Atlantic Counties
Round Valley Roundabout - Hunterdon County
The North Shore and More – Monmouth County
Three Easy Scenic Rides - Somerset and Burlington Counties
Washington Rock and Roll Tour – Essex County
In May the Leaque of American Bicylists recognized New Jersey as a “Bicycle Friendly State” and ranked the Garden State fifth in the country for its bicycle programs. That is the highest ever ranking New Jersey has achieved. The states were ranked based on more than 70 factors including education, enforcement, infrastructure, legislation, marketing, policies and programs.