Greater City Providence

Bikes, Buses, Streetcars, and Automobiles

This video shows the Broadway Corridor of Seattle’s First Hill Streetcar project.

In five auto lane widths of roadway you can see room for a separated cycle track, automobile traffic, bus and streetcar traffic, dedicated turn lanes, and it looks like maybe some parking (plus ample sidewalks with trees). It really shows how you can pack a lot of transportation modality into a not too big roadway. Of course Providence is a place where we have a lot of not too big roadways.

What roads in Providence could you see done up in a similar fashion?

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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.


  • North Main Street!

    In front of my store one of the painted travel lanes is 15 feet wide (on I-95 they are 12) and the soon-to-be bus stop is 19feet wide.

    Drivers gun it off the light at Doyle are traveling over 40 mph by the time they pass here. The open road! Whee!

  • Totally North Main Street. Blackstone Blvd. (once home to former streetcars), Memorial Blvd.

  • What is now the southbound side of Blackstone Blvd should be made 2-way. The other side becomes a bikeway with vehicles allowed only to access the houses. North of the Cemetery entrance, no vehicles at all.

  • Using the depicted criteria of a existing activation (business or shop) and curb to curb distances currently configured to handle 2+ travel lanes and 2 parking lanes. Other streets that seem to have similar characteristics to those portrayed in the video and could benefit from similar treatment: Fountain, Empire, Canal, Elmwood, Exchange Terrace, Francis, Dorrance, Weybosset, Mt Pleasant, Reservoir.

    I leave off Allens, though it too should be reconfigured, since it doesn’t really have activation.

    Second: North Main, Broad

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