I was thinking about heading over to Fishers Island for a weekend to visit a friend working in a summer seasonal job. It looks like the Fishers Island folks don't like poor folks on bicycles crudding up their view. My attitude about the Glastonbury-Rocky Hill Ferry is exactly the opposite, especially since it was free this past Saturday for CT Open House. I was so excited about the free ride that I purchased a t-shirt with the ferry on it.
An open letter to the Fishers Island Ferry
To whom it may concern,
I was planning a bicycle ride to visit a friend on Fishers Island. Was pretty excited about it as I hadn't yet had the chance to visit New London or that part of Long Island. Excited until I learned about the steep bicycle fare.
It seems absurd that the rate for bringing a bicycle on the ferry ($55) is more than the rate for an automobile ($51). Whats the logic there? A bicycle takes up significantly less space, can be stacked together, and is the environmentally responsible choice. The bicycle as transportation is also the clear choice if one were to worry about the quality of life in a vacation community, where traffic and parking are irritating issues.
Thought I'd put my two cents in. Based on my initial judgement of Fishers Island from the ferry rate, I'll skip the trip across the Sound and spend my vacation elsewhere. Not a big loss I'm sure, but if you've ever been to bicycle and pedestrian friendly towns and cities - you'll notice that life is better where cars aren't taken for granted as the only way to get around.
Have a beautiful smog filled summer, and I wish you short term profit followed by decades of rising sea levels. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Beat Bike Blog
Question to readers. Am I missing anything by skipping Fishers Island, or is it just a bunch of white, over compensated investment bankers?