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AMERICA'S FIRST BIKE LANE

AMERICA'S FIRST BIKE LANE

Route by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

In June 1894, the Ocean Parkway Bike Path became the first designated bike lane. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the architects behind Central Park and Prospect Park, this tree-lined, 5-mile route takes you from Prospect Park to Coney Island and Brighton Beach. "On the official opening day of the bike path, nearly 10,000 cyclists reportedly came to ride. To keep up with demand, the path was widened in 1896." (Source: Devin Gannon, 6sqft) Enjoy a variety of architectural styles as you make your way down Ocean Parkway. Be sure to make a detour to the famous L&B Spumoni Gardens for a delicious slice of Sicilian pizza or head to Coney Island for some classic Brooklyn summer fun!

If you want to add on some extra miles, connect up with the Jamaica Bay LoopSouth Brooklyn Waterfront route or just enjoy some car-free loops around Prospect Park. 

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Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is a nonprofit organization committed to the development, establishment and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway—a 26-mile protected and landscaped route for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and abilities.
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DISTANCE

5 Miles

DIFFICULTY

Beginner

ROUTE NOTES

The traffic circle at the top of the ride can be a bit confusing even with GPS; walk your bike if it's more comfortable.

 

The path can be bumpy due to tree roots under the pavement. Padded cycling gloves are encouraged.

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