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Are Bicycles and Dogs allowed on the Promenade?

Updated: September 28, 2020:

The City of Cape May issued an Executive Order May 1, 2020 as response to Covid-19 prohibiting bicycling & the walking of dogs on the promenade.

The Executive order is rescinded and bicycling and the walking of dogs per City Code 158-9 (A3) (4A) is permitted beginning October 1, 2020.

§ 158-9
Prohibited acts at Boardwalk, promenade, beaches and environs.

[Ord. No. 361-2018]


Boardwalk, promenade and environs. No person shall, upon any boardwalk, promenade, steps or ramps adjacent thereto;


Operate, drive or park any type of vehicle except emergency vehicles which are authorized by the City Manager, Chief of Police, Superintendent of Public Works or Beach Supervisor to be used for policing and cleaning.


Start a fire or use any type of portable device used for cooking.


Ride, park or take any bicycle from May 16 to September 14 except between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

[Ord. No. 350-2018]


Take, allow, or permit any type of animal with or without a leash except as follows:

[Amended 11-15-2010 by Ord. No. 218-2010]


Dogs shall be permitted on the Promenade during the months of October, November, December, January, February, March, and April.


Dogs shall be kept on a leash at all times and be accompanied by their owner or caretaker.


The owner or caretaker shall carry a dog waste disposal device. Any owner or caretaker of a dog who permits such dog to leave animal waste on the Boardwalk, Promenade, beach without disposing of same shall be subject to the penalties as set forth in § 158-15.