|Our hostess and my wife on one of the bike paths. This one is right next to the road. Others are a bit farther away from the road and are sheltered by trees, making them prettier.|
One of the more interesting bits of bicycling infrastructure on "the Vineyard" was a bike ferry connecting Menemsha to Aquinnah on the north shore. Our last ride of the vacation was one of our prettiest, a 13 mile ride around Menemsha to Aquinnah, which returned us home on the ferry.
|The bike ferry "terminal"|
|Our bikes on the bike ferry|
Another bit of interesting cycling infrastructure was bike racks on the beach:
|My wife in front of the on-beach bike racks|
Like many of you, I would really like to see more support for bicycling in our country. I am a realist, however, and realize that this will only happen if the benefits of cycling are apparent to a broad section of the American public. Those of us who enjoy riding bikes are an important part of this, of course, but I think those who do not ride themselves also benefit from increased cycling, and if this were generally appreciated, support would increase. There are many ways in which cycling benefits everyone, by reducing traffic, by improving public health (and thus decreasing healthcare costs), and by decreasing pollution. In particular, I think vacationing cyclists should be of particular interest to non-cyclists. As communities see cycling as an important form of tourism, support for cycling will naturally follow. Thus, I was excited to see an example of just this on Martha's Vineyard, a major destination for tourism.