Greater City Providence

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – February 19, 2014

[alert type=”muted”]Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 4:30pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor[/alert]


  • 4:30: Introductions
  • 4:35 South Main/North Main St. ADA Project/Improvements – Kate Wilson, RIDOT and Todd Brayton, Bryant Associates
  • 5:30: PSAs and Public Education – Despina Metakos-Harris, RIDOT Office of Highway Safety
  • 5:55: Commission/Staff Updates
  • 6:00 Adjourn
[alert type=”warning”]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.


  • I’d like to encourage people to come out to this meeting. The agenda sounds boring if taken at face value, but the discussion of S. Main/N. Main could result in either really horrible design (which is currently the default option) or really advanced design to start putting Providence on the map as a livable place with decent cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. You can check out information about this here, because I’ve presented all of the options that are available for the street:

    If you can’t make it to the meeting (which wouldn’t be surprising since they always happen at inconvenient times) then email Eric Weis at eric [at] greenway [dot] o r g to give your feedback. He’s asked me to do as much outreach as possible, and I’m hoping the room will be more packed than usual (which won’t be hard either, since the only person not on the commission or working in an official capacity for the city who usually comes to these meetings is me).


  • James has written up a summary of his views and experience of the meeting and posted on the RIBIKE discussion email list (archive available to list members here: as well as on the Transport Providence site (

    Bill DeSantis has indicated to me that his statements are misrepresented and taken out of context inappropriately. He is not of the opinion that education for bicycle users is the only/most important practice for getting more people riding more often, but rather that engineering/design, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation (the 5E’s for project delivery) are all equally important.

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