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Biking Martha's Vineyard
An Off-Season Adventure
Who: You and your beloved family members!
What: A Martha's Vineyard biking adventure.
When: Off season: April-May or September-October
Where: Martha's Vineyard
Why: It's a beautiful, healthy adventure
If you are looking for a reasonable, healthy adventure, plan an off-season bike tour of Martha's Vineyard. Arrive at the ferry early in the morning with your bikes, helmets, adequate food, trail map, island map and layered clothing.
It will cost you about $12. for a round trip fare from the Woods Hole shore to Vineyard Haven. Then plan a reasonable ride for your family.
If you'd like to spend the night, book early with sites like Priceline, Kayak, Travelocity, Hotels.com or Expedia which will bring you a reasonable rate. We had a terrific, affordable stay at the wonderful Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown.
- Pack a lunch as many restaurants and stores are closed off season
- Wear helmets and review safe biking habits (see below) with your family.
- Have a repair kit ready in case you get a flat. Also bring a cell phone.
- Read about the island's history and landscape prior to your trip as it will make your journey far more interesting.
- The Net Result is a reasonable, delicious seafood take-out shop just past the ferry dock in Vineyard Haven. A great place to stop for lunch at the start or end of your adventure.
- Alley's General Store in West Tisbury is a wonderful, eclectic stopping point.
- The Orange Peel Bakery on State Road saved our day and satiated our hunger with a delicious pizza, baked goods and breads from their outdoor stone hearth oven--delicious.
- If you're with young children or inexperienced riders, consider taking the bus (with your bikes) to an easy, scenic trail such as the Oak Bluffs to Edgartown seaside ride.
- If you're ready for a hardy adventure, take an exhilarating ride out to Aquinnah (popularly known as Gayhead).
Bike Safety Tips
- Ride about eight inches from the side of the road (if you're too close, it's tempting for cars to get close and upset your balance.)
- Avoid sand, and put the pressure on your pedals when you're going down hill (better for balance).
- If it's a young crowd, instruct bikers to stop at every intersection so that all stay together and make the correct turns.
- Create a biking order for the trip by placing more experienced bikers at the front and back of the pack and less experienced bikers in the middle. Child bikers should keep a bike's distance between one bike and the next to avoid collision.
- When possible, use trails rather than the road.
- Keep your feet on the pedals. Little ones love to swing their feet and that almost always results in a bike accident.