Bike Nantucket, or not?

It would be great if there were a small, inviting island off Cape Cod where bicyclists were welcomed.

Nantucket is not that island.

Why bike on Nantucket?

1) because I bike everywhere

2) because people go there on vacation and we bike on vacation

3) there aren’t any hills

4) it’s one way to get to the beach

in its favor, there are no hills to speak of on Nantucket

in its favor, there are no hills to speak of on Nantucket

Why NOT bike on Nantucket?

1) out of control busy traffic on narrow roads (bike paths yeah yeah yeah, but they only get you part of the way)

2) a complete absence of street signs (but plenty of “PRIVATE PROPERTY” and “NO TRESPASSING” signs)

3) hub-and-spokes layout of roads means you have to detour back through congested, unsigned downtown streets to get from one place to the next

4) adorable, character- and history-filled roads downtown that are made of rocks (no joke), painful even on my full-suspension bike

pretty, but try walking -- nevermind biking -- on roads made of rocks

pretty, but try walking — nevermind biking — on roads made of rocks

Okay, you can chalk up some of my prejudice to the time I had to be on crutches on this smug little island. Try crossing a cobble-rock street on crutches while a New Yorker in a Yukon bears down on you. And, I’ve spent more enjoyable time on Martha’s Vineyard, which is easier to get to, less stuffy, less expensive, allows more beach access… hmmm… why go back to Nantucket at all? Maybe in another five years.

if you're lucky enough to go on a rainy day or with someone who just wants to shop, there's a lovely library in nantucket

if you’re lucky enough to go on a rainy day or with someone who just wants to shop, there’s a lovely library in nantucket

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