The City of Providence Department of Planning and Development has completed plans for the striping and signing of bicycle routes along many of Providence’s thoroughfares. It is expected that this project will be completed this fall. Among the streets included in this project are Elmwood Ave, Broadway, Smith Street, Charles Street, and Hope Street.
As gas approaches $4 a gallon, Providence must capitalize on it’s diminutive size and become a bike city. We should be looking overseas to cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona and closer to home to cities such as Portland and Berkeley that are pushing hard to make their streets bike friendly.
Providence must also embark on an education campaign, reminding drivers that they must share the road and reminding bicyclists that they are bound by traffic rules.