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Cycling the Wantagh Parkway trail, social distancing-style


Nassau County has fewer than 50 miles of bike trails, compared to New York City, which has 450, and Suffok County, which has 370. So Nassau residents have long had a hard time finding a place to ride freely, unconcerned about the presence of cars. With the Covid-19 pandemic hitting, and people unable to work out at their gyms, many are turning to cycling for their regular dose of exercise. 

What happens, however, when so many people must make do with a relatively small number of bike trails? Are they able to abide by current social-distancing requirements when riding?

I rode the Wantagh Park bike trail from Cedar Creek County Park to Jones Beach State Park on April 25 to find out, and for the most part, cyclists, runners and inline skaters were keeping a safe distance — at least six feet apart. On this page you will find my photos from my 10-mile round-trip.