Bicycle sweepstakes at ferry to run through Aug. 31

August 12, 2017

Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials announced a bicycle giveaway contest designed to increase awareness of the On the Rocks Dockside Grill locations at the ferry terminals, and to highlight the bicycling opportunities in Delaware and New Jersey. On the Rocks Dockside Grill will be giving away red Coca-Cola colored mountain bicycles to two sweepstakes entrants. The promotional contest runs through Thursday, Aug. 31.

"We'd like to thank Coca-Cola for donating these fantastic mountain bikes for our promotional contest," said Shaun O'Brien, ferry superintendent of food and retail. "No purchase is necessary to enter, and we provided a number of ways to participate in the sweepstakes."

People can enter one of three ways: text-to-enter (text "redbike" to 555-888, and receive a link to a survey they can fill out to complete their entry), go to, or ask a server or bartender for a paper copy of the survey to fill out and drop in a box at the On The Rocks bar at either ferry location. Only one entry per person. The winners will be chosen randomly through Survey Monkey. For all the contest rules, go to

Leisure bike riding continues to gain in popularity. "We continue to see more and more customers traveling with their bicycles aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry each year," said Heath Gehrke, director of ferry operations. "A great network of bike trails provides a unique way to explore the Twin Capes region while also getting some exercise. And, remember, bicycles travel free on the ferry." Gehrke noted that bicycling is popular on both sides of the Delaware Bay and pointed to the League of American Bicyclists, which ranked Delaware third in the latest Bicycle Friendly State Report Card and placed New Jersey 11th.

Both Sussex County and Cape May County, N.J., continue to expand regional biking initiatives. The Gordons Pond Trail extension in southern Delaware, which opened in Cape Henlopen State Park in June 2014, links to the Junction and Breakwater Trail, completing a scenic, family-friendly 15-mile bicycle loop between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. Officials in Cape May County recently completed the connection of existing bicycle paths in Lower Township and Middle Township, creating a route from the ferry to the Cape May County Zoo, a popular destination for ferry passengers.

In addition to entering to win a new bicycle, ferry customers can also rent a variety of bikes at the Lewes Ferry Terminal. With a wide assortment of cruisers and multi-speed bikes, guests of all ages can grab their perfect ride for a day of comfortable cruising either for a few hours in Delaware for a full day for a ride over to the Cape May side. For more information and a bike number and lock code to unlock a bike to rent, call the Lewes Cycle Shop at 302-645-4544 or 888-800-2453.


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