Greater City Providence

Streetfilms: Bike Boulevards

Bike boulevards use various techniques to create low-traffic, low-speed streets where cyclists mix well with cars. Theyre very popular in Portland and Berkeley. Here in New York, they haven’t been part of the playbook. This Streetfilm asks why not?

Greater City Providence

Promoting the smart urban growth of the Greater Providence region.


  • Can I get a “Heck Yeah” for for my long ago suggestion that the northbound side of Blackstone Blvd be a Bike Boulevard, with the only motorized traffic on that side going to and from the houses there. The southbound side could easily handle 2-way through traffic. What’s there now is not a Bike Boulevard. It is scenic enough to be a destination, but it does not connect significant destinations.

    Providence’s non-grid layout and gnarly highway crossings like Dean Street make it difficult to find potential bike boulevards that lead where people need to go. I almost never ride on Official-Bike-Route Hope Street because Ivy or Morris are de facto bicycle boulevards. Sadly, more typically, if you need to go where Cranston Street can take you, any possible quieter alternative route takes you pretty far out of the way.

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