The Bayfront Bikeway – the primary path used for this tour – runs parallel to the Bayfront Parkway. As industrial activity along Erie’s waterfront began to change mid 20th century, so too did the importance of the rail lines leading to and along the banks of Presque Isle Bay. For the first time, local leadership began to consider the waterfront for recreational purposes rather than industrial purposes, and talk of constructing a highway or access road for the public to safely get to the waterfront began in the 1960s. Two decades later, in 1988, representatives from Erie approached PennDOT requesting development of a bayfront highway. A year later, construction began on the first section of the new highway, which was to connect Interstate 79 with State Street, the main north/south street in Erie. This section of the Bayfront Highway was finished in 1993. To access the Bayfront Promenade, which is the next leg of the walking tour, cross the Bayfront Parkway at the traffic light located west of the Sloppy Duck Saloon. Take the Bluff Access Walkway up the hill to its end at W. 2nd Street.