Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of Long Islands new Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway, a 3.6-mile path between Jones Beach State Park and Tobay Beach. The $3.8 million project is usable by cyclists and pedestrians, and provides a scenic ocean side path between the beach communities in Nassau County.
This path between Jones Beach and Tobay Beach offers another exciting way to enjoy the natural beauty of Long Islands south shore, Governor Cuomo said. Cyclists and pedestrians alike are now able to take in the stunning scenery along miles of accessible pathway between two of Long Islands best beaches. This pathway is another asset for communities on Long Island to promote tourism and recreation throughout the region, and I am pleased to see it opened to the public.
The Greenway runs along the north side of Ocean Parkway and connects the Jones Beach access path, starting at Parking Field 5 Five, to the Tobay Beach western concession area 3.6 miles to the east. Cyclists can now travel from Cedar Creek Park at the start of the Wantagh path, through Jones Beach facilities all the way to Tobay Beacha total of 8.8 miles on a safe, paved path.
State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said, Under Governor Cuomos leadership, the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway has at long last become a reality that allows cyclists, runners and walkers to enjoy Long Islands exceptional natural beach treasures. This ocean side path is a safe and unique way to visit some of Long Islands finest natural assets and public facilities and will surely help boost tourism and recreation in Nassau County. We were pleased to partner with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Town of Oyster Bay to produce such a distinctive transportation facility.
State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said, The shared use path will build on Governor Cuomos broad plan to revitalize Jones Beach State Park by adding more recreational opportunities and encouraging visitors to explore more and stay longer. I'm grateful to an innovative DOT who envisioned, designed and found the dollars to make the path happen--they are fabulous partners.
Assemblyman Dave McDonough said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo and the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation for the creation of this oceanside bike path connecting the crown jewel of Long IslandJones Beachwith Tobay Beach allowing residents to enjoy the beauty of our shoreline while cycling."
Assemblyman Joseph Saladino said, "With the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway now open for use, cyclists, pedestrians and sightseers alike can take in the views and enjoy the sunshine that Long Islands beaches have to offer. This is another great investment that residents here will enjoy for years to come, and I thank Governor Cuomo, and everyone involved, for their hard work and vision in making this project a reality. As a steward of the marine environment, I encourage all New Yorkers to enjoy this jewel of the South Shore."
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano stated, "This new Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway between Jones Beach State Park and Tobay Beach provides a beautiful view for cyclists, runners and walkers while enhancing all that Nassau County has to offer residents and visitors alike."
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto said, "The Town of Oyster Bay is pleased to work in partnership with the State Department of Transportation on the Ocean parkway Coastal Greenway, in an effort to establish a safe and fun new method of travel along Ocean Parkway. This newly created pathway will offer new recreational activities for all to enjoy, and help to showcase the tremendous effort that has been put into completely restoring not just Tobay Beach, of which I often refer to as the crown jewel of the Town, but the entire Ocean Parkway corridor, after the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy."
The Greenway, at 13 feet wide, meets the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disability Act, and includes a cable guiderail to protect users from Ocean Parkway traffic. It also features educational signs, informational kiosks, benches, and storage for 24 bicycles at Tobay Beach. Path users can access to the Tobay Beach facilities, including the bay and ocean beaches, restaurant and playground.
Long Island currently features about 27 miles of off-road, separated bike paths and about 160 miles of on-road facilities that include bike lanes and appropriate signage. Approximately 27 percent of the states highways on Long Island, including most non-interstate and non-parkway roads, have designated bike routes, bike lanes or adjacent shared use paths. Virtually every state road on Long Island features accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists, with the exception of high-volume highways and parkways where walking and bicycling is prohibited for obvious safety reasons.
Copies of the Long Island Bikeways and Trailways Map and additional information regarding Long Island bike facilities may be obtained at http://www.511ny.org/rideshare/rideshare.aspx?FolderID=149. General information about cycling in New York State is available at www.dot.ny.gov/display/programs/bicycle.