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.
For the past 11 years, together with our deckhands and volunteer greeters, our Captains operate the Island Line Bike Ferry across the 200’ gap in the Colchester Causeway all seven days of the week throughout the summer season. Our flagship ferry, the 45-foot, 20-passenger Bill and Carole Hauke hasn’t missed a day of service in its first three years of operation! However, with over 2,000 hours logged (some say that’s the equivalent of 200,000 miles on a car), attention to maintenance is critical and springtime means repairs and upgrades. Our fleet also consists of the trusty 6-passenger Bike Ferry 3, outfitted in 2001 to take bicyclist and pedestrians across the Winooski River.
In addition to providing passage, Bike Ferry 3 also demonstrated the need for a bike path bridge connecting Burlington with Colchester (Bridge constructed in 2004). Bike Ferry 3 now stands in for or works in concert with, the ‘Bill and Carole’ as needed, and serves as our work boat and commuter vessel.
We could extol the virtues of the amazing Island Line Trail and all of the unique things to do and see in The Islands, but these articles in The Washington Post, Seven Days, and The San Francisco Chronicle do it for us.
It’s also best experienced first hand so we encourage you to come and explore this upcoming season. For a detailed map, current weather conditions, the history of the Island Line Rail Trail, make sure to check out the website!
IMPORTANT FERRY RELATED INFORMATION:
Bike ferry service opens for the season on Friday, May 26!
-- 10 am to 6 pm --
SPRING: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (May 26 - June 11)
SUMMER: 7 Days a Week (June 16 - Sept 4)
FALL: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (Sept 8 - Oct 9)
Round Trip: $8 Adults, $5 Youth 7-17, free 6 & under
One Way: $5 Adults and Youth, free 6 & under
ON SALE NOW:
Season Passes: $40 for adults, $25 for youth 17 and under
Unlimited use, no blackout dates, no restrictions
Valid only for the person it is issued to
We do not accept credit cards on the Causeway
~ Brian Costello, Bike Ferry Fleet Manager