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Friday, August 24, 2018

Block Island Bicycle Tour

Biking around Block Island – the little jewel that sits just 13 miles off the Rhode Island coast – has always had its own rewards. But with the Block Island Bicycle Tour, it’s even a little more rewarding. 

The bike tour consists of 12 “stations”, each positioned at an island highlight, and each marked with a circular signpost with a QR code in the center. Shoot the QR code (you have to install a reader, free at your mobile device app store) and you get minute-long videos at each station, which tell you a little about what you’re seeing or the history of where you’re standing. The full route is about 16 miles, and stretches up to the North Lighthouse, which is as far from downtown as you can get on the 7 x 3 mile island – families may want to opt for the shorter 7.5 mile loop which circles back to town after you hit Dead Eye Dick’s at station #8 (after a short stop off for lunch or a snack, perhaps). 

If you don’t want to take the cell phone, wallet-size maps of the route (with short descriptions of the stations) are available free at the Tourism Council’s Welcome Center (off Water Street across from the ferry docks) or from most of the bike rental places in town.