26. May 2011 08:10
While cycling around the island recently, an off-island friend asked if Jamestown has been mentioned as one of the top ten beautiful places to bike. I am not aware of such a list, but if there is one, Jamestown would definitely be on it! Those of us who are fortunate enough to call Jamestown “home” are acutely aware of our beautiful surroundings, and being an avid cyclist, I have always believed that there is no better way to see a place than by two wheels. To tour Conanicut Island on your bike makes for some wonderful times.
A bike tour of the island will include a bit of everything: rolling hills, spectacular water views, sightings of magnificent sailboats, Block Island, lighthouses, Fort Getty, Fort Wetherill, and picturesque tree-lined streets. Of course no outing would be complete without stopping in town for an ice cream cone or dish of gelato. After all, you earned it! For those of us who have spent the winter on our trainers, riding outside is something we anxiously look forward to. I find that riding regularly - at last 5 days each week, provides a great balance to my busy work days at Island Realty.
There is a Jamestown Bike Path Design Committee, which is working to create a bike path on the Island that will enable cyclists to get from the north end to the in-town area via a bike path along North Road. The Jamestown Press reported that there may be possible funding for this project from RIDOT. Read about it here.
An annual Jamestown cycling event is the Jamestown Classic, a US Cycling Association race held on Columbus Day. For 35 years, the Jamestown Rotary Club has sponsored this event and it has brought cyclists fromall over the country. With the help of many volunteers, this event is truly something worth watching, or better yet, hop on your bike and compete!
Now that the warm weather is here, get out your favorite bike and see Jamestown in a whole new way.