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Stephen De Costa of Bermuda's Mobylette Club has sent this clipping. As you read it you'll realise that it was primarily written for American tourists and that the "cycles" referred to are mopeds.
Since visitors can't rent cars on Bermuda - this is the Government's way of eliminating traffic jams - hiring a cycle is also the only means of personal transportation. Shiny red, blue and white models are available from several liveries on the island. They can be rented by the day, week or month. For your convenience, some of the companies provide delivery and pick-up service direct to your hotel; and, should you require roadside assistance while renting a cycle, a radio-controlled vehicle will be dispatched.
You can choose from single- and double-seated cycles. You must be at least 16 years old to operate a motorbike. For your own safety, helmets are mandatory and are provided with your rental. Baskets are also available and make transporting beach gear and purchases much easier. Some of the liveries have off-road practice areas where cyclists can familiarise themselves with the motorbike before venturing out on the road.
Remember to drive on the left-hand side of the road. This may take some time to get used to if you've never done it before. If you see the locals manoeuvring their cycles through traffic, keep in mind that their skills come with plenty of practice and that they know the roads well. As a vacationer, there's no need to rush; it's best to relax and go with the traffic flow. Always avoid the morning and afternoon rush hours - you don't want to spend precious vacation time stuck in traffic when you could linger over breakfast or spend another hour sightseeing instead.
At some point, you'll find yourself on a roundabout. The rule is to give way to the traffic on your right, and when the path is clear, proceed with caution. You'll discover that Bermuda's roads tend to be narrow and require keen judgement, especially when taking the curves. It's not unusual for vacationers to want to catch some rays as they cruise around on their cycles; however, it's against the law to drive without a shirt. Being a safe and alert driver will make your motorbike journey through Bermuda a rewarding experience.
First published - April 1998
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