This is the twenty-second in a series of entries celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States.
What: The Ocean Parkway Bike Path is the first bike path ever in the United States.
When: The Ocean Parkway Bike Path was completed in 1894 with an official opening celebration in 1896.
Length: 5.9 miles (one way)
Estimated travel time: Biking—45 minutes; Walking (on the pedestrian side)—2 hours
Interesting facts: Initially a pedestrian lane, it was converted into a bike path in 1894. Reportedly, so many bicyclists crowded the path on opening day, the city was forced to widen it.
Ocean Parkway was itself designated a historic landmark in 1975.
In July 2012 a cyclist in the bike path was issued a $200 ticket after asking a police officer to stop impeding cycling in the designated bike lane.
Check out the Ocean Parkway Bike Path from a cyclist’s perspective: