- You will be most visible when wearing high-visibility clothing, such as a neon cycling vest.
- Please keep both hands on the bike at all times.
- Always wear your helmet when riding.
- Be cautious when approaching railroad tracks. Consider stopping to walk your bike across the tracks. Some track crossings note that trains do not blow their whistle as they cross. Railroad crossings at: 1.20 miles, 3.80 miles, 20.10 miles, and 28.30 miles.
- Always ensure you carry enough water, especially as there are stretches where water is less-readily available.
- Painted lines on the road become slippery when they are wet.
- Obey traffic laws in all areas. This means riding on the right-hand side of the road, and braking at all stop signs and stop lights.
- Carefully monitor the condition of the shoulder as debris may appear after accidents, rain, or wind.
- Use verbal and non-verbal commands to let others you may be riding with and vehicles know when you intend to stop, slow down, or turn.
- Control your speed on all descents.
- Enter and exit Route 7 cautiously as it is a main thoroughfare in Vermont.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Inspired by the transformation of Copenhagen’s main shopping district, the beloved Church Street Marketplace spans two city blocks and has become a popular model for urban redevelopment, including the popular Pearl Street, of Boulder.
Visit the Ethan Allen homestead to learn about colonial life in New England at this historic site, home of Vermont’s founding father, open seven days a week.
Visit the statute commemorating the man who gave his name to Lake Champlain, an explorer of the Great Lakes and Canada.
Stop by for a quick dip on your way to the Ferry, or simply marvel at the unobstructed view of the Adirondacks from this waterside vantage point just before the covered bridge on Lake Road.
A museum of art and design with over 150,000 works exhibited in a collection of historic buildings, many of which were preserved and relocated to the museum’s grounds. The museum is open daily from 10am- 5pm, and is just off the tour route, so an easy stop!
Stop by for wine tasting between 11am and 6pm if you happen to ride by this vineyard after Memorial Day. Not only will you be able to sample traditional grape wines, but the Winery also creates and carries other fruit wines, such as a Peach Chardonnay, and a Strawberry Riesling.
Originally a family home from 1793 to 1961, the home is now designated a National Historical Landmark, and is known for its exceptional Underground Railroad history. Some consider Rokeby one of the best-documented Underground Railroad sites in the county.
Pulp Mill Covered Bridge
Crossing Otter Creek on your way into Middlebury, this refurbished 1820s creation is one of the covered bridges listed on the National register of Historic Places.
Food & Drink
Shelburne Country Store
This classic country store has been operating as a general store for over 125 years. Originally built as a cobbler shop, the store now features many fine local products, crafts, food, and drink.
Located just off route (.2 miles to the left at the intersection of Marsett Road and Rt. 7), this New England-style brewery shares its premises with a delicious Pizza joint (open at 11 am).
Old Brick Store
Located at the top of the hill, just across the blinking light, on Ferry Road, the Old Brick Store offers the hungry cyclist many local sweet or savory.
Choose from Breakfast (until 3pm) or Lunch options, and you won’t go wrong at this family-friendly eclectic café in Vergennes.
This deceivingly-named woodfired bakery serves brunch and dinner Thursday-Sunday. Grabbing something on the fly? The pastry case and espresso offerings are not to be missed!
Located in Middlebury, your home for the evening, this Vermont favorite serves up a delicious selection of wood-fired flatbread pizzas, salads, and beers, with an emphasis on local sourcing. All pizzas can also be made gluten-free.
Classic and creative American Fare with many allergy-friendly options. Enjoy dinner with a choice pairing from the wine list.