|Transport on Martha's Vineyard MA|
|Reserve well in advance to take your car on the ferry. It's better & cheaper to leave your car on the mainland and use island public transportation on Martha's Vineyard.|
Ticket agents sell tickets in advance at major stops, making change if you don't have the correct fare. You can also pay in cash right on the bus, but no change is given on the bus, so if you don't have the exact amount of the fare (in coins, bills or both), you will pay more than necessary for your ride. More...
Rental shops abound, and you can't walk for two minutes from the ferry without coming across several. Prices are competitive.
I think Martha's Vineyard and bicycles were made for each other, and islanders have even helped this relationship along. There's a fine bike path between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, right along the beaches.
No need to reserve bikes in advance, for there are always plenty to go around.
Motorbikes allow greater ease and range, but are a good deal more expensive and dangerous than bicycles, and entail greater responsibility, as well as some destination limitations (they're prohibited on bikepaths and on some roads), and more chance of breakdowns.
Should You Rent a Motorbike?
Before you rent a motorbike, see if you can answer "yes" to at least two, and preferably all, of these questions:
—Do you have experience riding motorbikes or motorcycles?
—Are you familiar with the roads, regulations, and traffic habits on Martha's Vineyard?
—Are you willing to ride with extreme caution?
—Do you have, and will you wear, a helmet?
—by Tom Brosnahan