Bermuda was settled in 1609 by shipwrecked sailors en route to Virginia. Transportation was an issue then, as it is today. In an effort to preserve the islands integrity, automobiles were banned from 1908 to 1946. Even today, visitors are not allowed to rent cars. The conventional means to get around is aboard the pink and blue buses or hop a ferry (441-295- 4506). Another option is taking a guided taxi tour by hiring a certified tour guide. For formal events, such as weddings, couples often opt for a horse-drawn carriage.
SMATTS CYCLE LIVERY LTD (smattscyclelivery.com; 441- 295-1180, 441-297-1180, or 441-238-7800) has two locations: Fairmont Hamilton Princess and Fairmont Southhampton. Smatts Cycle provides a zippy and economical way to get around the island of Bermuda. Just ask the locals; modern scooters are the best way to experience the gorgeous scenery. Loyal customers return year after year and love the reliable and sociable service Smatts Cycle provides. These scooters are excellently maintained and are safe and reliable.
Here are a few simple rules to follow while riding in Bermuda courtesy of OLEANDER CYCLES. Keep to the left. We drive on the left side of the road in Bermuda. It takes time to get used to, so please remember, keep to the left. Wear the helmet provided and keep it securely fastened when riding. Its smart and its the law. The maximum speed limit throughout Bermuda is 35 kph or about 22 mph. In the Town of St. George it is reduced to 25 kph. Please take corners and bends slowly and carefully.
The speed limit is strictly enforced and fines for violations are severe. So, slow down and enjoy Bermuda. Let the engine warm up for about 1 minute before starting to ride. For faster response when braking, ride with your fingers of your left hand resting on the rear brake lever. Park only where it is legal to do so. It is a smart idea to wear a jacket and shoes when riding. And, bright clothing makes it easy for other drivers to see you. Fasten your belongings securely in the cycles basket.
The yellow centre line on the road is a warning that it is dangerous to pass or illegal to park. Do not touch the muffler once the engine has been run. It becomes very hot. Lock your cycle, it is not insured against theft. If your cycle is stolen, call us at Oleander and the police immediately. Slow down and use care when riding on wet or sandy surfaces. Many corners, hills and entrances are blind and require extra caution.
The BERMUDA TRAIN COMPANY is Bermudas only operating model train open to the public for tours, parties, and celebrations. Interesting narrated tours of Hamilton and Dockyard are offered as well as special event transportation to make your event memorable. 441-236-3130 or email bermudatrain@ logic.bm.