With the summertime air breezing through, it’s officially Block Island summer! What a time to be on the island exploring the crystal clear water on the beaches, the luscious greenery amongst the trails, and walking through town as you admire the hustle and bustle from the retail, restaurants and hotels throughout. With all of the variety of activities to enjoy, sights to see, and attractions to visit - it’s important to know how to navigate the roads safely.

Here are a few simple tips and tricks to remember while getting around Block Island!  

If you are exploring on a rental bike, remember…

The speed limit is 25 MPH. 

Helmets are highly recommended for all customers and Rhode Island State law states helmets are mandatory for all children under the age of 16 years old.

Please remember while biking to stay on the right side of the road.

There are very few sidewalks on Block Island - please remain on the right side of the road. 

If you are on a bike, you are the equivalent to a vehicle when it comes to road rules.

You are required to stop at the stop signs, signal which direction you are going, and wait your turn to proceed safely.

When making turns, it’s important to make the hand gesture so others around you know where you are going. 

Travel in a single file.

Be aware of the traffic approaching from the rear.

Park all bicycles at designated bike racks.

We recommend always locking your bike.


If you are exploring in a rental vehicle, remember…

The speed limit is 25 MPH. 

There is no off roading or going on the beach with any vehicle.

Seat belts are mandatory and one is needed for every passenger. 

You must have a valid driver's license on you.

The driver must comply with all town and state regulations, statues, and laws.

Remember that you must yield to all pedestrians - whether they are walking, running, skating, biking, rollerblading, etc. 


If you are exploring on a rental moped, remember…

The speed limit is 25 MPH. 

Mopeds are not allowed on the roads between the hours of 8pm-830am.

Mopeds are not allowed on dirt roads.

Helmets and eyewear must be worn at all times during the operation of the moped by BOTH the driver AND the passenger. 

 Pregnant women are not allowed on mopeds or bicycles. It’s for your own safety and comfort.

Infants and toddlers are not allowed on mopeds.

Excessive use of the horn will be fined a minimum $50. The horn is used only when necessary, to give an audible warning, to ensure safe operation of the moped.

Mopeds can only handle up to 2 passengers.

Mopeds must be parked in a legal parking space.

The moped may not be driven by any person other than the authorized driver(s).

You must have a valid driver's license on you.

The driver must comply with all town and state regulations, statues, and laws. 


If you are exploring by foot, remember…

Please remember while walking please remain on the left side of the road.

Use the crosswalks to cross the street safely. 

If you are walking with a group, consider walking single file for the utmost safety. 

Wear comfortable shoes! 


If you are walking your dog, remember…

Block Island has a town ordinance that requires all pets to be leashed. 

Please pick up after your pet. 


There are other ways to explore the island as well! You can take taxi tours, enjoy a self-guided walking tour, or opt for a self-guided bike tour, which can be done either by bike or car.

For everyone exploring, remember that we all want to have a good time - safely. We all love Block Island, we all want to embrace the magic. What’s the rush? 

Keep in mind - there are tons of animals enjoying their natural habitat. Please remember to drive the speed limit, and keep an eye out for them. There are deer, turtles, muskrats, pheasants, rats, ducks, mice, and more. They are trying to enjoy the island too, please slow down and pay attention to them.

For all things Block Island, visit https://www.blockislandinfo.com/

cover photo by IG user: @patdoyle13