A new bike/pedestrian ramp was built recently to connect the southern end of the Wildwood Boardwalk to the Cresse Avenue bike path.

The end of the Boardwalk at Cresse Avenue created a hazard and annoyance for both pedestrians and cyclists, said Patrick Rosenello, executive director of the Wildwoods Boardwalk Special Improvement District Management Corporation. Once cyclists reached that point, they either had turn around and go the other way or maneuver their way down the steep Boardwalk access ramp and into the street before making it to the bike path.

"It was extremely congested and, quite frankly, a little dangerous," Rosenello said.

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Cyclists can now seamlessly travel from Boardwalk to bike path and visa versa. The new ramp also extended the uninterrupted multi-jurisdictional bikeway to about five miles, Rosenello said. The path goes from the Wildwood Crest Beach Bikeway Corridor, up the new access ramp to the Wildwood/ North Wildwood Boardwalk and continues through North Wildwood's bike path to the Sea Wall.

The Cresse Avenue Bicycle/ Pedestrian Ramp Project, unveiled Sept. 21, was part of an intergovernmental effort between the Borough of Wildwood Crest, the City of Wildwood, the Wildwoods Boardwalk Special Improvement District (WSID), the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

Funding for this project came from the Wildwoods Boardwalk SID, Management Corporation, which paid for the professional fees for grant applications and administration; a $400,000 Small Cities Public Facilities grant of from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA), a $290,000 Bikeways grant of $290,000 from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and a $155,000 contribution from the borough of Wildwood Crest Urban Enterprise Zone funding.

Rosenello said he has heard only positive reactions to the new ramp and said it will be a great benefit to the Wildwood during the summer when the Boardwalk is packed.

Michele Chamber, owner of Zippy Bike Exchange in on 42nd and Pacific avenues said the bike path is a great addition.

"We love it," she said. "The other ramp always has delivery trucks parked at the end making deliveries to the hotels, it's full with tons of people, the sharp turn was dangerous, there was really nothing good about it."

The Boardwalk is open to cyclists until 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on weekends.

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