Greater City Providence

UPDATED: Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – August 15, 2012

UPDATED: This meeting is now scheduled for Wednesday, August 15th.

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC)
Regular Meeting, August 13 August 15, 2012, 4:00 pm
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room , Providence, RI 02903


  • 4:00 – Bike parking in Biltmore Park (Eric Weis and guest Cliff Wood)
  • 4:20 – Valet bike parking (Jenna Wu)
  • 4:30 – How to build a strong BPAC (Jenna Wu)
  • 4:50 – Election of Officers (Sheila Dormody)
  • 5:00 – Public Comment (chair)
  • 5:10 – New business (chair)
  • 5:20 – Bike and pedestrian events (Eric Weis)

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • It is very exciting that Providence has a bike/pedestrian committee. Could you all please discuss the condition of Allens Avenue, which forms the gateway to the city for those of us bike commuting from Cranston and Warwick? The railroad tracks, litter, glass, garbage heaps, etc. are disgusting and very dangerous. Trucks constantly park in the bike lane to access the diners and scrap facility, forcing cyclists to veer around them into traffic lanes with obstructed views which will be deadly if it has not already been. Also, the bike lane ends abruptly as it rounds the corner towards Point Street. There is no warning, and cars are not expecting this. I travel this route daily, and it is extremely hazardous. I hope this will be a top priority, as it is a much-travelled route. I know there has already been one serious accident between bike and truck, and there will be many more if these issues are not addressed. Bike lanes need to be designated “NO PARKING” and cannot end abruptly at the entry to a sharp curve.

  • It is great to see that Providence is taking bicycle and pedestrian issues seriously. Providence has the ability to be a great walkable/rideable city and this is a step in the right direction. The commission had its first meeting, are there minutes and is there a schedule for future meetings?

  • The minutes are not posted yet. The next meeting is September 24, 2012, 4:00 PM, at Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street, Aldermen’s Chambers, Third Floor, Providence, RI 02903.

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