Sunday, July 05, 2009

Monmouth County's Trail Network Coming Together

Monmouth County is edging towards becoming a bicycle tourism Mecca. Just three small gaps need to closed to create a nearly continuous trail from Freehold to the northern tip of Sandy Hook, much of it offering views of the seascape and the bay shore. The two segments in Highlands and Atlantic Highlands will place bikes on low traffic streets.

The Route 36 Bridge which should be complete by early 2011 will feature a fly over bike/ped bridge that will connect directly from the Bridge to the Sandy Hook and Sea Bright multi-use paths.

Following the beach road and/or local boardwalks you can ride to Manasquan and connect to the Edgar Felix Bike Path over the Garden State Parkway to historic Allaire Village. Experienced cyclists could then pick their best route back to Freehold to complete a full circle. In the distant future the Capital to Coast Trail would connect the Edgar Felix path to the East Coast Greenway in Trenton. Transit connections are fairly good with ferry service and train service to Manhattan and could be improved even more with bike racks on buses.

Bob Lucky has a fantastic bike photo tour of the loosely connected routes in Monmouth County. Hopefully the County will fully harness this potential regional attractor by adding signage and creating a route system.

View Monmouth Heritage Trail in a larger map


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