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Bike to Work Day: Mayor announces expanded Cyclovía program for 2013

Bike To Work Day: Mayor announces expanded Cyclovía program for 2013


Photo from Mayor Taveras’ Facebook Page

Las September, Providence had it’s first Cyclovía on Broad Street. At this morning’s Bike To Work Day, the Mayor announced an expanded list of Cyclovías in Providence for 2013.

City to hold three Cyclovías this summer

Speaking at this morning’s Bike to Work Day community celebration, Mayor Angel Taveras announced the city will host an expanded schedule of Providence Cyclovía events this summer.

“Cyclovía Providence will provide an opportunity for residents from every corner of the city to come together, exercise, have fun and enjoy all that Providence has to offer,” said Mayor Taveras.

Cyclovía is an international phenomenon that reportedly began in Bogotá, Colombia and has spread to cities across the globe, including New York City, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami and Cambridge, MA.

Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit planning organization, has described Cyclovía as a large-scale community building exercise that facilitates social interaction and activity between people of all ages, incomes, occupations, religions and races.

The City held its first Cyclovía in September 2012 on Broad Street. The 2013 Cyclovías will be expanded to the following dates and locations:

  • Sunday, June 30 – Broad St. in Elmwood (between Thurbers Ave. and Prairie Ave.)
  • Sunday, July 28 – Valley St. in Olneyville (between San Souci Dr. and Atwells Ave.)
  • Saturday, September 14 – Hope St. in the East Side (between Lippitt Park and Rochambeau Ave.)

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Events at the Skating Center as they wrap up the season

skating center

It may be freezing outside, but spring is on the way and that means the Skating Center will be closing down the ice soon.

The Providence Rink at The Bank of America City Center Offers Last Chance of The Season to Catch Some Ice

An extra week to enjoy outdoor ice-skating in downtown Providence! Special events to celebrate the end of the season!

PROVIDENCE – Providence residents and visitors alike can savor the final days of winter by skating outside at the Bank of America City Center at the end of its 14th season. The season ends Sunday, March 24th, completing the 18-week season of ice-skating that was enjoyed by more than 50,000 skaters.

  • Special Weekday Hours Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22: 4pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 hours: 11am to 10pm

Special events for the last two weeks of the season:

  • Thursday, March 14th: Art in Ice ice-sculpting feature from 6pm to 9pm.
  • Friday, March 15: High School Night special 7pm to 10pm.
  • Saturday, March 16th: Girl Scout cookies for sale!
  • Sunday, March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day celebration with City Girl Cupcake 12pm to 4pm
  • Monday, March 18th: New weekday hours from 4pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, March 23rd: Open 11 to 10pm
  • Sunday, March 24th: Open 11am to 10pm. Closing Day

With the end of the ice skating season drawing to a close, The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center will transform into a premier programming and event center from April to October! The Providence Rink is a perfect location to host all types of summer programming and events with over 14,000 square feet of space available in the heart of downtown. Event applications are still being accepted for the upcoming 2013 summer and fall season.

Coming soon! The Providence Rink will unveil a new website at that will provide the complete year-round programming and event schedule and offerings.

For additional information until our new website is up, please visit or call 401.331.5544.


→ ecoRI News: New Providence Bike Plan Wants Safer Routes

This new bike plan, spearheaded by the city of Providence and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. (VHB), an engineering firm headquartered in Waltham, Mass., is being funded with a $33,000 challenge grant from the state Department of Transportation, and will guide the investment of future funding into the city’s bicycle network through a program of recommended short-, medium- and long-term capital improvements.


→ RI Should Lead, Not Follow, On Pot Legalization

Look around and you’ll notice the era of reefer madness is dying a slow death all over the country. Last week, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to to officially legalize it, as Peter Tosh might say. And yesterday, somewhat fittingly, broke the story that RI state Rep. Edith Ajello plans to reintroduce a bill that would legalize and regulate marijuana much like alcohol. Maine is considering doing so too.

This is how we would get people from Massachusetts and Connecticut (and further afield) to come here and spend money. People will not be driving past much better casinos in their home states to come to our little joke of a casino in the woods of Lincoln. And unlike gambling addiction and the toll it can take on families and communities, smoking pot doesn’t really hurt anyone else and we all know massive amounts of people are doing it, legal or not.

So, legalize it, tax it, allow for a number of Amsterdam style cafes to allow for the consumption of it (is consumption the right word?). I’ve long said that Providence should position itself as the Amsterdam of New England. We should be the ones to fully shed the Puritanical guilt that pervades the region and embrace ‘sin.’

Follow the link to RI Future to view a short video interview with State Rep. Edith Ajello.


Free South County Beach Bus service on Governor’s Bay Day, July 29


The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will waive the roundtrip fare on all service to South County Beaches on Rte. 66 (URI/Galilee) on Sunday, July 29, 2012 in celebration of the Governor’s Bay Day. Rte. 66 (URI/Galilee) also provides express service from Central Falls, Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket to Salty Brine, Roger Wheeler (Sand Hill Cove) and Scarborough State Beaches in South County.

Visit RIPTA for more details.


It’s boating season in Providence


This Saturday Providence Community Boating is hosting a free open house starting at 1pm with skippered sailboat rides and a BBQ.

Additionally, there will be Audubon Birds of Prey presentations at 1:15 pm and 2:45 pm. Anyone who joins either CBC or Audubon Society of Rhode Island as a 2012 member at the event will receive a free bird-watching boat tour narrated by an Audubon naturalist. Bird-watching boat tours will leave at 2:00 pm and 3:30 PM

Celebrate and enjoy free iced tea from our new friends at Granny Squibb‘s.

And don’t forget, CBC is offering kayaking this year too. Opening day will be May 29th.

Lessons are starting next week! Here is a link (PDF) to the membership forms. No experience necessary!

109 India Street, Providence


Updated: May is bike month

Office Bikes

Update: This post previously had links to last year’s events. Sorry about that! (page updated 5/1/12 @ 4pm)

Congratulations, you made it through one of the most mild winters on record. If you took advantage of the warmer temps and got out on the bike, good on ya! For the rest of you, if you haven’t been out on your bike yet, now is the time.

That’s right, May is National Bike Month! And bike month wouldn’t be complete without a Bike to Work Day event where you can put a name to some those spandex clad bodies faces you’ve seen two-wheeling it around town.

According to the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition’s website, the Providence B2WD will be on May 18th and, like last year, there will be an opportunity to meet-up downtown for a little morning bike-fuel.

In the meantime, take the lane, turn on your blinkies, don one of Jef’s slick designs (like this cool button), and I’ll see you on the streets.


Ice Skating season ends March 17, 2012

Bank of America Skating Center Offers Last Chance of the Season to Catch Some Ice

Bank of America City Center

With just a few more days to enjoy outdoor skating in downtown Providence, the skating rink offers special hours for its final weeks – and special rates.

PROVIDENCE – Providence residents and visitors alike can savor the final days of winter by skating outside at the Bank of America City Center at the end of its 13th season. The season ends Saturday, March 17th, completing a full four months of skating at consistently low-priced rates offered by the City of Providence.

Special hours for the last two weeks of the season:

  • March 5th – March 17th
  • Monday – Thursday: 2pm – 10pm
  • Friday – Sunday: 11am – 10pm

The Bank of America City Center skating rink is one of New England’s most popular destinations for wintertime play. The 14,000 sq. ft. facility is twice the size of Rockefeller Plaza’s ice rink in New York City.

Special end of season rates will be just $3 admission and $3 skate rental for all ages Monday through Friday from 2pm – 10pm now through March 16th. (Regular admission is $6 for adults, $3 for kids, and $4 for skate rental).