Bermuda is not as urbanized and congested as other islands, which makes it an ideal place to use bicycles and mopeds to get around. Several agencies throughout the island will rent bikes or motor scooters to vacationers for extremely affordable rates.
Because Bermuda was colonized by the British, many visitors will have to adjust to driving on the left side on the road, but road rules are otherwise similar to many Western countries. Road conditions are good, and speed limits are low (most around 20 mph) everywhere on the island, making bikes ideal for exploring scenic, out-of-the-way areas.
A word on island lingo: vacationers should beware that a "bike" to a Bermudian may mean a scooter or moped, while the term bicycle remains the same.
Because bikes, scooters and mopeds are so popular, it is a good idea to reserve them, particularly during the heavily traveled peak season. Expect to pay between $10(USD) and $20(USD) per day for a bicycle and around $55(USD) per day for a scooter. Weekly rates may be available and generally offer a break in price. Contact one of the agencies below for specific pricing.Company Name Telephone Number Elbow Beach Cycles 441-236-9237 Eve's Cycle Livery 441-236-6247 Oleander Cycles 441-236-5235 Wheels Cycles 441-292-2245 Smatt's Cycle Livery Ltd. 441-295-1180
Often, hotels and resorts can recommend a reliable rental agency, or a concierge may even make the reservations for you. The Bermuda Department of Tourism (292-0023) also makes recommendations and have listings of all gas station locations. A basic competency test may be required prior to renting a scooter. Children under 16 may not operate motor scooters, and safety gear is required by law for all riders.
In larger cities, such as Hamilton, vacationers are discouraged from operating motor scooters or mopeds in the busy streets, at least until they have had an opportunity to become acquainted with the flow of traffic. Bermudian drivers are very courteous, but it is easy for visitors to get confused in unfamiliar traffic patterns and driving customs. Many roads have twists and turns so drivers should exercise extreme caution.
Bikes, scooters and mopeds are excellent ways to see the island as well as some remote areas, offering vacationers a unique opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and famous scenery. Reasonable rates make two-wheeling adventures available to almost everyone, and excursions through the Bermuda countryside can be even more fun and independent on a bike or moped.
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