Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The Wildwoods "Bikeability": Endless Options for Traversing the Island via Pedal Power

Whether on two wheels, three wheels or four, via the Boardwalk or the Bike Path, there are so many ways to enjoy biking in the Wildwoods...


THE WILDWOODS – Bike riding is a favorite pastime at the Jersey Shore, and no town seems to do biking better – or offer more options on where to bike or how – than the Wildwoods. The Wildwoods have coined the word ‘Bikeability’ to capture all of the amazing opportunities for biking by the beach. 

Bicycle Rentals of All Kinds 

Don’t worry if you had to leave your bikes at home to make room for your beach chairs! Bikes of all kinds and associated equipment can be rented at reasonable rates from many bike rental shops throughout the Wildwoods – and most open at 6 a.m. for those interested in a Boardwalk biking excursion. If it’s on two or more wheels – you can likely rent it here in the Wildwoods! 

Bike rentals in the Wildwoods include electric bikes, or e-bikes. With minimal pedal power, you can travel for miles on a single charge and hardly break a sweat! For the more traditional cyclist, there are a variety of two-wheeled bicycles, including single-speed or multi-speed cruisers for adults in 24” and 26” heights; and the fun-to-ride fat bikes, along with traditional models. Adult trikes are also available – for a fun ride that’s a bit less risky than two wheels. 

Biking with the kids? The rental shops have you covered with kids’ bikes, with and without training wheels, in 16” and 20” heights, along with Tag-Alongs, child seats, and trailers that attach to any adult bike, for those too young to pedal on their own. 

Another great family option are surreys. Whether your group is small or large, surreys in single, double, and triple sizes will accommodate a party of 3, 6, or 9 adults, plus 2 small children, respectively. 

Couples are also in for some fun – with the option to rent a 2-seater tandem bike. And adventurers will want to try zipping around, low to the ground, on the sporty Lowriders. 

Most rentals include helmets and locks; and offer affordable hourly, daily, overnight, and weekly rates. Some rental shops also offer delivery to your hotel or vacation rental front door. No matter what you’re looking for, the many convenient bike rental shops throughout the Wildwoods will be sure to give you exactly what you need! 

Bicycle Routes 

Once you’ve selected your ride, it’s time to choose a route. From a lengthy and scenic beach bike path to bike lanes along popular roads, to biking on the famous Wildwoods’ boardwalk, there are many ways to enjoy the Wildwoods on two, three or four wheels. 

A FREE bike route runs nearly the entire length of the five-mile island, beginning at Rambler Road in Wildwood Crest. The bike path stretches from the Wildwood Crest Dunes Bike Path, up onto the Wildwoods’ Boardwalk to North Wildwood’s Mulberry Bike Path, to the North Wildwood Sea Wall. This route allows Wildwoods’ vacationers the option of a leisurely, or athletic, bike ride throughout the island. 

A special ‘bikes only’ lane is dedicated to cyclists in North Wildwood along some of its major thoroughfares, from 1st to 26th avenues along Surf Avenue and on the North Wildwood Sea Wall. This lane allows cyclists to safely share the road with traffic and pedestrians. 

An early morning bike ride along the 2.5-mile Boardwalk is a must for many. Bicycles, e-bikes, and surreys are permitted until 1 p.m. daily along the scenic stretch. It’s the perfect way to watch the sun rise over the ocean and take in the morning’s fresh sea breeze. 

My City Bikes: The Wildwoods App 

Local bike shop Zippy’s Bikes has formed a partnership with My City Bikes – a mobile and web public health campaign for beginner cyclists – to improve individual and environmental health by inspiring locals and visitors to the Wildwoods to take one simple action: bike more. 

The My City Bikes: The Wildwoods app is a basic utility that can be used to learn about bicycling, bike maintenance, and critical health and safety information while finding local beginner-level riding opportunities for road, commuter, recreation and family biking. This app will help local beginners pedal off on the right foot by providing necessary information in a user-friendly format. 

My City Bikes: The Wildwoods app provides information for short, medium, and long bike rides that connect users with the most popular attractions of the area. The app is a great asset for the Wildwoods’ biking-enthusiasts and a wonderful attraction for the entire community – making it easier than ever for locals and visitors at every level of fitness to ride in the Wildwoods. 

Below is a list of some of the bike rental shops located throughout the Wildwoods: 

340 East Oak Avenue Wildwood

500 E Heather Road Wildwood

500 East Rambler Road, Wildwood Crest

5402 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood

2805 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood

3200 Park Boulevard, Wildwood

Smitty’s Parking & Bike Rentals 
405 E Youngs Avenue, Wildwood

1900 Boardwalk, North Wildwood

Sportland Bike Rentals #2 
435 E 24th Avenue,  North Wildwood

Surf Bikes 
5011 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood

3900 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood

So, hop on your bicycle of choice, and enjoy the freedom that only bicycling offers while taking in the wonderful sites, smells, sea breezes, and scenes that are uniquely the Wildwoods. 

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

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