Greater City Providence

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – May 30, 2013

[alert type=”muted”]May 30, 2013, 4:30 PM
City Administrative Building
444 Westminster Street, First Floor[/alert]


  • 4:30: Welcome and introductions
  • 4:35: City signs and bike locks (guest: Parking Administrator Leo Perrotta)
  • 4:50: Kennedy Plaza redesign: bike and pedestrian elements (guests: Cliff Wood, Bonnie Nickerson)
  • 5:10: Fountain & Sabin streets: bike & ped improvements
  • 5:20: Pedestrian crosswalk signals
  • 5:30: League of American Bicyclists: State ranking; bike-friendly community application (Matt Moritz)
  • 5:40: City bike & ped ordinances: recommendation to the City (Matt Moritz)
  • 5:50: Old Business and Public Comment
[box type=”note”]Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.[/alert]

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.


  • How did the ‘City signs and bike locks’ discussion resolve? Or are minutes to these meetings available? I saw elsewhere on the web that some Providence residents filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get city documents related to the policy, but my understanding is that that process can take quite a while, and having had some interaction with the DPW, I’m guessing documentation is limited/nonexistent.

  • Leo Perrotta addressed the board and indicated that the issue was tracked to a single employee who was acting without authorization while out on assigned work to repair street signs and poles. The existing policy is that all cutting of bikes requires a work order from DPW or police and will result in the bike being taken to the DPW recovered property storage. Any bike locked to a sign in need of repair is to be reported to Leo so that a work order and appropriate handling of the bike be scheduled.

    Leo did indicate that there is a practice of cutting bikes off of parking meter posts, as they interfere with the parking meter coin collectors tasks and are potentially in the way of meter users.

    As for are minutes posted online after the meeting I’m not sure that they are.

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