Mopeds and Kids

May 21st, 2001, 11:30 AM
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Gary
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Mopeds and Kids

Some of the posts suggest that we should rent mopeds while in Bermuda. My question is I have an eight-year-old daughter can you ride with a child on them??
 
Jun 5th, 2001, 10:20 AM
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Please consider that the roads in Bermuda are narrow and curvy. I have seen many tourists in moped accidents while visiting there. Make sure you are comfortable with driving one and where you are going. Local drivers are cautious of tourists on mopeds. The public transportation system is another good way to see the island.
 
Jun 5th, 2001, 11:21 AM
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Don't go near mopeds in Bermuda,especially with a child passenger. Just came back Saturday from a cruise to Bermuda. The twenty something year old man in the room next to ours broke his leg in a crash on the first day. Spent the rest of his cruise on crutches and in a wheel chair. The honeymooners at the next dinner table crashed and she was hurt so bad she couldn't leave the ship(or get around the ship). Locals use tourists on mopeds as targets. Combine that with narrow roads, your own inexperience and unfamiliarity with the roads and of course , they drive on the left.
Take the buses and ferries. You can get a one week unlimited pass for these for less than the one day rental of a scooter or moped. Its not worth ruining your vacation or worse.
 
Jun 6th, 2001, 05:38 AM
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We are returning to Bermuda this year and it will be our 4th visit. My husband who loves motorcycles, won't rent a moped. We too have seen too many accidents plus if you want to have a drink, it isn't wise to drive! Last year I watched a young girl come off a cruise ship, hop on her moped and then drive up and over a car. Needless to say it ruined her day and probably the guy she hit as well. Although this was probably due more to a freak accident, the roads are narrow and it takes time to get used to driving on the other side. Roundabouts are difficult to navigate and believe me, the drivers aren't that nice to mopeds. Buy a bus/ferry pass for the time you are there. You can get around the Island no problem and there is always a taxi. You can purchase the passes at the ferry terminal in Hamilton or if you are entering via the airport, there is a kiosk once you are through customs.
 
Jun 6th, 2001, 06:32 AM
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We just arrived back from Bermuda Sunday on the NCL Majesty and there were two ambulances waiting at the dock.. I beg you please do not go on the mopeds.. There were so many passengers in wheelchairs as we left St. George.. Of our little group of seniors, three of the men decided to rent a moped the last day for three hours...one came back with a road tan on his arm.. Met a woman while waiting to get on the ship in St. George and she said loudly to anybody that would listen..do not get on the mopeds.. The sirens of the ambulances are known as the Bermuda Symphony.. The buses are great...trust me.. we use them all the time..
 
Jun 11th, 2001, 07:55 AM
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Gary
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Thanks so much for the infomation.NO mopeds in my future.
 
Jun 11th, 2001, 10:01 AM
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Gary, I am in agreement with all the previous posts. I have been to Bermuda many times and each time have seen injured people from moped accidents. I have a brother in law who is a taxi driver in Bermuda ..if you would like his taxi number just let me know. Have a great time!!!
 
Jun 19th, 2001, 02:26 PM
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I have been to Bermuda twice and am eagerly awaiting my third trip (scheduled for next month). On our first trip, I rented a moped for the week. (Actually several of us did this as a group.) We spent most of the week sightseeing in places that were truly off the beaten path, where the buses don't go and the taxis don't know. We visited abandoned forts, went sightseeing among beautiful pastel homes in quiet little neighborhoods by the ocean, and we stopped whenever we chose, and stayed as long as we liked. We visited quiet little restaurants whenever the mood struck us to do so.

However; I should point out two very important things. First, we witnessed a fatality on our first day when a tourist (not with our little group) hit a bus head on. Second, everyone in our little group (at least the operators) was an experienced motorcyclist.

I felt that there were only two or three things that I found to be especially troublesome. Driving on the left was no problem on the long straitaways, but making a left hand turn took a major effort not to automatically go into the right hand lane. The "round abouts" (known affectionately as "suicide circles" when I lived in New Jersey) were somewhat annoying. But the most disconcerting thing about riding in Bermuda was dealing with the crazed locals, especially the ones driving the buses. I have no desire to ride in one of those suicide cans again. If you want to use alternate transportation, consider the water taxis. They are stress free, faster, and offer a much better view of the country.
 
Jun 20th, 2001, 06:08 AM
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Bermudians, crazed locals? My god, how far from the truth can you get? They are used to the traffic flow & the narrow streets. They are in their element, you are not. Shame on you!

Fact is, most Americans are not adept at riding mopeds (much less in heavy traffic on a different side twisting, narrow roads with no shoulders). Plus when you're sight-seeing, your eyes aren't on the road. Your mind is on vacation. The tourist on the moped is the unpredictable element, not the Bermudian driver. He knows what he's doing.

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Jun 20th, 2001, 06:26 AM
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Far too many people overestimate their ability to handle the little contraption. It's not a toy & Bermuda traffic is serious. Even experienced drivers have accidents.
 
Jun 26th, 2001, 05:07 PM
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KAC No Moped for Me!
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I too am distressed to read about "crazed locals" using tourist on mopeds as "targets." During 6 visits to Bermuda I've learned that Bermudians are about the most considerate and civilized people anywhere. But the roads are very twisty, narrow, there are no shoulders. When the locals drive at 30-35 mph it seems they are going much faster.

I almost killed myself (and possibly others) on a moped during my first trip during a college spring break. It was an intersection that confused me...I crossed and went automatically to the right, almost head on with a taxi, hit another moped, damaged my foot...it hurts sometimes even now, more than 30 years later. And it put a damper on the rest of my week.

I don't understand why more people aren't visiting Bermuda these days. Though somewhat expensive, there are ways to cut costs and it's less than 2 hours from Boston, is an exceptionally beautiful place, and once there, one is drawn back again and again.
 

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