WEST CAPE MAY - A project adding 24 parking spaces and extending the designated bike lane has opened in West Cape May. The project was funded through a Department of Transportation grant that helped complete the enhancements that included a bike path on the west bound side of Park Boulevard. “We are happy the project was ready for Memorial Day, ready for summer tourists and are glad we can help to promote West Cape May as a shoppers and diners paradise,” said Mayor Pam Kaithern. “We have so many exciting shops and dining establishments in the area and now, giving people more free parking and a way to bike safely to them, is a great enhancement,” continued Kaithern. “It’s great that visitors can park their car and visit the shops on Park Boulevard and then stroll through beautiful Wilbraham Park to visit the shops on Sunset, and even more shops on Broadway along with our new and long running restaurants.”
“While the parking might look like ordinary gravel, it’s actually a state-of-the-art format that allows water to pass through and reduce flooding issues. The format retains stones to stay mostly in place and once used, they will interlock,” explained Ray Roberts, the Borough’s engineer. “This Department of Environmental Protection approved project also allows the water to be cleansed as it reenters the water supply through the filtration that occurs when the water passes the stone and sand bed,” continued Roberts.
“The extra parking is great for everyone in West Cape May,” indicated merchant Sue Lotoza, owner of Flying Fish. “Now, with the addition of Seaside Cheese as our neighbor, we love this additional parking. So many of our customers ride bikes and it’s great to have the extended bike lane as well.”
“A new bike path is always welcome,” said Mark Jacopec, who is now starting a new bike tour based in Cape May and West Cape May, Ride with Mark. “It’s a great addition to town and allows visitors an easy way to get to shops and the upcoming West Cape May Farmers Market”, continued Jacopec.