JONES BEACH BIKEWAY at Cedar Creek Park by Toni Hoyos, The New York Extra,

The Jones Beach bikeway less commonly know as the Ellen Farrant Memorial Bikeway is a well paved path that can be accessed from Cedar Creek Park off of Merrick Road in Seaford. It parallels the Wantagh Parkway and to the east are waterways, marshes and beautiful scenery. A little past Zach’s Bay it runs into the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway. It is the premiere South Shore multi use trail on Long Island. Favored by walkers, joggers, rollerbladers and bicyclists alike. An ideal outdoor place felt to be “safe” for those activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Battisti family, from left to right ,daughter, Valentina, mom, Antonella, dad, Dr.Renato Battisti and son, Pietro from Westbury N.Y. enjoy the afternoon on the Jones Beach bike path getting some “immune” enhancing exercise. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/ copyright 2020
Chris Di Santo, left, with his friend , by the famous bronze statue of a cyclist, wearing a mask says, Its his first time here but he ” feels safe as long as he wears a mask” Neil Miller/The New York Extra/ copyright 2020
Richard Argentina with daughter Taylor, and friends Daniela Battisiti and Olivia Brill ran 10 miles of the path today. Neil Miller/The New York extra/ copyright 2020

Now as the weather warms people want to be outside enjoying, looking for ways to participate in fun/healthy activities while practicing social distancing. The sun was shining, it was a little breezy, a lovely, comfortable day for a bike ride, skate or a run and the people were out there taking advantage of the opportunity! Many were masked, family groups usually not, certainly sufficient space to feel “safe”.

The Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway past Tobay Beach is currently under construction to expand to Captree State Park. There will be new bike parking areas at Gilgo Beach, Cedar Beach Marina and Captree. Also many new plantings along the way, and several shaded rest stops. It is expected to be completed by summer 2021.

So grab your rollerblades, sneakers or bike, throw on a mask and have some responsible distancing exercise and fun! Stay well and be safe.

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