Not only does biking at the Shore let you escape the (often heavy) traffic, but it also allows you to more fully take in the beautiful scenery.
“You can see a lot more on a bike,” said Terry Shields, owner of the family-run Shields Bike Rental in Cape May, who grew up biking the area and often has clients who forgo their cars and rent for the week.
Many bike routes at the Shore involve a picturesque combination of bike lanes, side-of-the-road travel, and narrow bridges that require focus, but you’re rewarded by trails that wind past wetlands, lighthouses, coastal towns, and along boardwalks.
For those who don’t own their own bikes, there are many, many places that offer both bike and helmet rental for adults and kids.
Here are bike rental shops along the Jersey Shore.
📍11 Gurney St., 📞 609-898-1818, 🌐 shieldsbikerental.com, 🕑 Daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,💲Adult beach cruiser, $7/hr, $15/daily, cash only
D R Bradley’s Bike Rentals
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📍5402 Ocean Ave., 📞 609-522-7786, 🌐 greensbikerentals.com, 🕑 Daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.,💲Adult beach cruiser, $12 for 90 minutes, $35/daily
📍2522 Dune Dr., 📞 609-967-5846, 🌐 hollywoodbikeshop.com, 📷 @hollywoodbike, 🕑 Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Wednesday, 💲Adult beach cruiser, $20 for four hours, $30/24 hrs
Sea Isle City
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📍1368 Boardwalk, 📞 786-306-3067, 🌐 bobsgrilloceancity.com, 📷 @bobsgrilloceancity, 🕑 Daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m. through Labor Day, 💲Adult beach cruisers, $10/hr., $20/daily. Check out Bob’s Grill and the hot donuts for a bite.
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Margate Bike Shop
📍12 S. Essex Ave., 📞 609-822-9415, 🕑 Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 💲Adult beach cruiser, $15 for four hours, $25/daily
📍1117 Arctic Ave. and 3015 Boardwalk, 📞 732-814-0236 and 732-814-0236, 🌐 thecyclesoflife.com, 📷 @cyclesoflife_ac, 🕑 Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Arctic Ave.), and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (Boardwalk), 💲Adult bike, $20 for first hour, $5/ each additional hour