Martha's Vineyard is one of the most wonderful places to cycle in America. It's quiet rolling hills wind along the ocean, leading one through quaint Massachusetts towns, past lighthouses and general stores as if it were still the decades of our youth. Old fashioned Inns, rented homes, and a few modestly sized hotels provide the ideal lodging for those who love to breathe the salty air and listen to the waves wash up on the shore. While these lodgings allow you and your family to shed your shoes and leave the screen door open, they are not the ideal places to keep your valuable bikes safe and secure. Some hotels simply don't have the space to allow bikes in the rooms. Make sure to bring locks and bike covers, or contact a local bike shop to see about their storing your bike securely.
Step One: Getting your bicycle to Martha's Vineyard
If you like to save a little money and always keep a hand on your prized bike, just bring it along on a Steamship Authority ferry. They do charge a small additional fee.
If you prefer to save some hassle and ship your bike to the island consider UPS or Fedex ($82-$93). You can check with your local Fedex shipping center to see if they have a packing service which allows you to have them package your shipment (additional fee may apply) or you can pack your bike yourself. We'll update this page with instructions on how to pack your bike. Lastly you can get the assistance of your local bike shop for packaging and have Fedex or UPS pick it up there. If shipping UPS , you can select "Hold at location" on Martha's Vineyard (Carrolls Way, Vineyard Haven, M-F 9-5pm) However, they do not have weekend hours.
No flights to Martha's Vineyard have the capability to carry bikes.
Those arriving on Saturday should bring bikes immediately to Registration Area to receive bracelet and then move bike to Transition Area.