CBC Wine Tasting Series Continues

In Eventsby Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

CBC Winetasting | Photo by M.Coolidge Though it might be a little cooler out now and the days may be getting a little shorter, the Community Boating Center Boathouse at India Point Park is still open! Thursday, September 17 at 7pm there will be another CBC Wine Tasting Challenge, and this time we’re going with Bold Barolo. Barolo is a …

Bike Sharing is coming to Boston

In Bicycles, Transportationby Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

Boston.com reports that a bike sharing program is coming to Boston with plans of expanding to Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. According to Inhabitat The new system will be very similar to infrastructure already in place in cities like Montreal and Paris. Riders can pick up bikes at one of the 290 stations with a swipe of a credit card, ride …

Elmhurst and Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Plan

In Governmentby Matthew Coolidge4 Comments

Based on the Providence Tomorrow Charrettes that took place last year, the final draft of the Elmhurst and Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Plan is now available for review on the Planning Department’s website. Documents to review include: The neighborhood plan (pdf) The neighborhood plan map (pdf) The list of initiatives (pdf) The City Plan Commission will be reviewing the plans and …

Community Boating Renaissance Regatta

In Eventsby Matthew Coolidge1 Comment

This Thursday (7/23/09), rain or shine, the Providence Community Boating Center at India Point Park will be hosting it’s annual Renaissance Regatta. From the CBC website: The Regatta is a perfect opportunity to help a great Ocean State cause. Sponsors provide a team of employee-sailors (or sponsor a proxy team) to sail in a series of small boat relays, slaloms, …

Get on the water

In Recreation, Waterfrontby Matthew CoolidgeLeave a Comment

Just over the Providence city line in the Edgewood neighborhood of Cranston lies a well kept secret: The Edgewood Sailing School. Advertised almost exclusively on a sandwich-board sign at the intersection of Narragansett Blvd and Shaw Ave, the sailing school has been giving lessons from the Edgewood Yacht Club for over 50 years. In the summer of 2003, I had …

Smith Street Update

In Development, Retailby Matthew Coolidge14 Comments

Despite some tough economic times, there have been a lot of positive changes on Smith Street in the last year and in the last few months in particular. Smith Street is one of those streets that has amazing potential to be a great urban masterpiece with shops and services lining its curbs all the way to North Providence and great …

Bike to work day is this Friday

In Transportationby Matthew Coolidge20 Comments

Photo by Raastah from flickr This Friday is Bike to Work Day, and I, feeling like the kind of person that only goes to church on Easter, will be getting on my bike for the first time this season and attempting a ride to work. I live right in Providence, so attending the festivities should be no problem. In fact, …

Bike Providence Live

In Bicycles, Transportationby Matthew Coolidge4 Comments

View Bike To Work Day 2009 in a larger map In anticipation of Bike to Work Day 2009 (May 15th!) the Providence Bicycle Coalition has created a series of “Bike Trains” so you don’t have to go it alone. Commuting by bike, no matter how long the distance, can be a bit intimidating the first time on RI roads. By …

Discover Sailing

In Eventsby Matthew Coolidge1 Comment

Sailing at CBC | Image from CBC website This Saturday 5/9 from 1-4pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is having their annual open house. Community Boating Center invites sailors and non-sailors to help kick off the 2009 season with friends, family, and CBC members for a “Discover Sailing” day of family fun on the Providence waterfront. Open to the general …

Washington Bridge Bike Path Open… For Now

In Bicycles, Transportationby Matthew Coolidge1 Comment

According to the RI DOT’s blog, the bike path on the Washington Bridge is now open. The bike path on the bridge is in its original configuration, and cyclists and pedestrians should exercise caution on the path as it is very narrow. There are numerous alcoves along the path where cyclists can pull over and let an oncoming rider pass. …

The rails we have

In Transportationby Matthew Coolidge6 Comments

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about Obama’s plans for high speed rail systems. Such a system, linking together major cities throughout the nation, would be an amazing project that would no doubt create thousands of jobs and leave us with an amazing infrastructure improvement. Obviously, this new system isn’t going to happen overnight, and there’s clearly a lot …

Putting those lots to use…

In Developmentby Matthew Coolidge8 Comments

Photo by TheMunkyHouse from flickr Not everyone is a fan of golf. Some argue that golf courses are a tremendous waste of land, use too much water and pesticide simply to grow too much grass. George Carlin once said “Think of the brains that it takes to play golf. Hitting a ball with crooked stick, and then walking after it. …

More Bicycles in the News

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View Providence Bike Rack Locations in a larger map The Parking Crisis Eric over at bikeprovidence.org posted that 91 new bicycle parking hitches are to be installed this spring. 64 are funded by grant from The Providence Foundation (shown in aqua on the googlemap). 27 are funded by RIDOT (shown in pink). The dark blue placemarks on the map indicate …

Community Boating Center Wine Tasting Series

In Eventsby Matthew Coolidge4 Comments

CBC Winetasting | Photo by Matthew Coolidge The CBC Boathouse at India Point Park is open for the season! This Thursday night there will be another CBC Wine Tasting Event, and since Thursday is the day after Tax Day (and we’re all poor) the varietal will be: House Whites Under $10. If you’ve never joined us before, it goes like …

Livable Streets

In Transportationby Matthew Coolidge1 Comment

Barcelona Bike Taxis | Photo by Matthew Coolidge Streets are the passageways that connect us to all our destinations, but they shouldn’t be just for cars, especially in the city. They also provide a path on which to walk or bike whether it be in a lane, on a sidewalk, or on a crosswalk. In essence they should be for …

Urban Gardening

In Environmentby Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

Photo from flickr by snowmentality Today Inhabitat has an article called A Starter Guide to Urban Gardening. One of the things they discuss is the beauty of container gardening, and the variety of things you can grow in portable containers or window boxes. I can actually attest to the idea of growing vegetables and herbs in window boxes. I lined …

Bike-Sharing in Texas

In Bicyclesby Matthew Coolidge10 Comments

Bike Share Rack in Barcelona by Matthew Coolidge When I heard on the radio that Austin, Texas was introducing a bike-share program I got all excited and immediately thought of Barcelona, where people actively use a great bike-share program. Listening a little more carefully, however, the story is that the city is introducing the program for city employees. At first, …

State Laws and Biking

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Photo by thatsparklychick from flickr The Providence Bicycle Coalition (PBC) has been hard at work trying to update the state laws when it comes to bicycle safety. According to their blog, For the most part, the changes to existing laws are minor edits to bring them more in line with the rest of Title 31 and to update them to …