Now that it's after Labor Day and the crowds and traffic have died down, fall is a great time to bike Block Island. And if you haven’t yet ridden around the island, there’s a fun new way to do it – the Block Island Bicycle Tour.
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 Welcome Center (off Water Street across from the ferry docks) and from most of the bike rental places in town.
You don't need a bike to do the bike tour, either! It works just as well walking, by moped or by car!