Great American Infrastructure: Ocean Parkway Bike Path, Brooklyn, NY

Posted by Content Coordinator on Monday, August 27th, 2012

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:

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One Response to “Great American Infrastructure: Ocean Parkway Bike Path, Brooklyn, NY”

  1. Joe says:

    It’s the fastest way to get from Dtown Bkln to Coney Island

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