On May 26th, 2017 I left my house at 8:30 AM so I could be on the Colchester Causeway by 10:00 for the first bike ferry ride of the year. Last fall I was on the very last ride of the season, and I wanted to begin a tradition of being on the first and last ferry rides of each year. It was raining and little chilly, and I thought I might be the only passenger but another diehard was there. This other diehard, Lindy, told me she last rode across country when she was 77, and she has been establishing the tradition of being on the very first ferry ride each spring...
The past Memorial Day weekend marked the opening of the Local Motion Bike Ferry, connecting Burlington and Colchester to South Hero, via the Island Line Trail, as well as my very first time being a bike ferry passenger. For folks who have never experienced the causeway, it's an incredible ride for all abilities with plenty of gorgeous vistas for photography. All these overlooks make the 10 mile adventure feel like a breeze, but many of these go unnoticed from people focused on time and speed. If you allot enough time and enjoy stopping to observe your surroundings, then this is for you. I’ve ridden my bike out to “the Cut” -- the 200’ section of the causeway that is open allowing for the passage of boats -- on the trail, part of the causeway, many times each year. What makes me come back? The beauty is the obvious answer, but the proximity at which you are riding to the water gives you a feeling unlike any other. That feeling is what brings me back time and time again.
Local Motion is the world's only bike advocacy group with Coast Guard-licensed Captains on staff. While there are other bike ferries around the world - Martha's Vineyard; Buffalo, NY; Alma, Quebec, and many small cable-type ferries across the rivers and canals of Europe (link to sites and pics), this is the only one that is mainly supported by donations and memberships of people like you! Last year alone, we boarded nearly 14,000 riders and walkers and we can’t wait to break that record this year! Read the complete history of Local Motion’s Bike Ferry here.
This is a great little promo for the village of South Hero! Of course, the bike path and the Island Line Ferry are mentioned!
Our Island Line Bike Ferry shattered all existing records of passengers this past Labor Day weekend 2016! Check out the crowds on this gorgeous weekend, enjoying the sunshine while they waited to cross the Cut. We carried 1,037 people and bikes across The Cut over the three gorgeous bluebird days, chalking up a brand-new one day record on Sunday of 397 riders. The 20-passenger ferry ran non-stop all afternoon each day.
At the Local Motion Bike Ferry, kids come in all different shapes and sizes. Sometimes the kids are grown up, and out on a final ride before their parents drop them off at college. Other times they’re little ones, slathered in sunscreen and found securely in a tag-a-long. This past Friday, August 26th, one special kid earned the title of the bike ferry’s 10,000th passenger in 2016, and we couldn’t have asked for a better recipient. What better way to begin our season wind-down?
As fall approaches we begin to reflect on all of the amazing adventures we were able to cram into our short New England summer. It is probably safe to say few families have more stories to tell about the summer of 2016 than the Lindfields of Maine. Take a moment to read their epic journey from Maine to DC and back and see their amazing photos. One of the highlights of their trip? The time they spent in northwest Vermont on the Island Line Trail and Local Motion's bike ferry!
Did you see the Island Line Rail Trail’s shoutout in USA Today? If not you should definitely check it out, but first, check out some of the beautiful pictures we have below in our blog post. And while you're at it, why don't you plan a final summer trip (or two) on the Island Line Causeway!
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If the views or bike-friendly businesses aren’t enough to get you out visiting these new rest areas, perhaps prizes may pique your interest! All August long, cyclists can be a part of the Local Motion’s Passport to Prizes. Start by visiting any of the eight rest areas and pick up a small card that will serve as your ticket to ride.
This past Friday could have been just like any other day on the Local Motion bike ferry: busy, breezy, and beautiful. Except this day was different, one lucky cyclist would earn the title of 5,000th rider for the 2016 season.