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Extension Planned for Wantagh Parkway Bike Path

Roughly $1 million project will enable local cyclists to pedal directly next to Jones Beach.

The Wantagh State Parkway Bike Path will soon be stretching closer to the Atlantic Ocean.

New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) officials announced Thursday that the 7.5-mile path that runs along the Wantagh Parkway will be extended 0.7 miles to end up next to the East Bathhouse. It will be constructed through the parking area to the pedestrian underpass, where new storage will be provided for 100 bicycles. The roughly $1 million project is slated to begin this fall and be completed next May.

The announcement of the Wantagh Parkway Bike Path extension occurred at Jones Beach Parking Field 5 Thursday and was attended by officials from the State DOT and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The project was praised by State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick and Assemblyman Dave McDonough, whose districts both encompass the Jones Beach area.

"Many residents from all across Long Island ride, run, and walk on the Wantagh Parkway Bike Path every single day,” said Fuschillo, who added that he hopes the project will soon be extended along Ocean Parkway toward Fire Island. “This project will give them greater access to Jones Beach, which is the crown jewel of the state parks system, and provide a critical link to the planned Ocean Parkway Bike Path. I'm pleased New York State is making this investment to improve the bike path for all who use it."

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"I am pleased that the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have come together to extend the bike path at beautiful Jones Beach, which will have numerous benefits to our residents by increasing mobility and accessibility through Jones Beach Park by bicycle and increasing the health benefits of bicycling,” said Assemblyman McDonough.           

The planned extension of the Wantagh State Parkway Bike Path extension is welcome news to cycling enthusiast Michael Vitti of Glen Head, who is president of Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists. Vitti said the project will make it far easier for bicyclists who utilize the Wantagh Parkway path to now be able to pedal directly next to the beach and not have to walk three quarters of a mile through hot pavement to get by the ocean.

“Now instead of taking a 20-minute trudge it will be a five minute bike ride,” said Vitti, who also expressed hope of soon being able to bike along Ocean Parkway to TOBAY Beach in Massapequa. “It will be a significant connection.” 

Kurt Christensen July 19, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Whatever happened to building the bike path down the length of Ocean Parkway? https://www.dot.ny.gov/regional-offices/region10/projects/oppath/repository/Ocean%20Pkwy%20Path%20-%20Slideshow.pdf
Phillip Kingsbury August 18, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Kurt thank you for that link it is very informative as to the planned route to Captree
Arnold Gross October 07, 2012 at 03:58 PM
unbelievable how much things cost when the consumer doesn't care about spending
Arnold Gross October 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM
makes too much sense for it to happen
Joseph Tague March 12, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Yeah no completion dates in that PDF presentation, however go into the DOT site ....... https://www.dot.ny.gov/oppath .... and, are you ready for this? ....the START date for the Tobay to Captree leg is 2021 (pin# OT2450). They have been screwing around with this since the mid 90's and all the environmental and community studies are in. Just build it already!!! The money is there. I feel like i'm in Russia.

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