Message from the Town Manager
Greetings and a warm welcome to all those visiting Block Island, officially known as the Town of New Shoreham. Block Island was
known as Manissee (the Little God’s Island) by the Narragansett Indian Tribe, and we hope you’ll treasure your visit to what The Nature Conservancy in 1991 named “one of the 12 Last great places in the Western Hemisphere.”
In order to absorb the island’s true character we invite you to visit our many restaurants, shops, and art galleries, all individually owned and each with its own flavor. Spend some time beach-combing our unspoiled, soft sand beaches. Be sure to spend some time doing nothing, but absorbing the natural beauty that is Block Island.
I want to remind you of a few things to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable stay as we get lots of visitors. Please obey the traffic laws, no matter your means of transportation, whether riding a bike, renting a moped, walking, or by vehicle. The same rules you have back home are enforced here. The speed limit throughout the island never exceeds 25 mph.
If you intend to rent a moped, please remember all drivers and passengers must wear helmets and eye protection at all times
Although not required, I strongly recommend that you wear closed-toe shoes. Mopeds are not allowed on any dirt road on the island. If you find yourself on one, you must turn around as fines are very steep. Please refrain from using your horn except for emergencies.
Bicycle riders, please do not ride on the sidewalks. Ride single file on the right side of the road. Please follow all rules of the road including yield, stop signs, and cross walks. I strongly encourage all riders to wear a helmet, while by law, all children fifteen and under must wear a helmet.
Pedestrians, please walk only on the sidewalks where they exist. On the shoulders of the road, please walk single file. Do not forget to cross at the crosswalks where we have placed warning signage for drivers.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Block Island and look forward to seeing you on your return trip. And be sure to snag that ice cream
cone as you run to catch your ferry home.