Wickenden Traffic Changes (03/24)

In 195 Relocation Project, Roads by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Image from RIDOT Traffic changes which will last for the next two years begin Wednesday (weather permitting) on Wickenden Street at South Main/Benefit Streets. The following list highlights the changes: Wickenden Street Eastbound Left lane is dedicated for turns onto South Main Street only. Center lane allows through traffic and left turns onto Benefit Street. Right lane allows through traffic …

Google Bike Directions

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Photo by Jef Nickerson Today Google Maps launched bicycle directions for 150 American Cities, including Providence. Currently, cycling maps are not embeddable, so I can’t show one here, but go here to see a map showing cycling directions from City Hall to Roger Williams Park. The bike layer shows off-road bikeways (such as the East Bay and Washington Secondary Bike …

I kinda like potholes

In Roads by Jef Nickerson10 Comments

Photo by Jef Nickerson Sure, I don’t own a car, so my opinion might not mean much. But with every road in the city looking much like the surface of the Moon, traffic is moving a lot slower. The potholes are a kind of traffic calming device. I can step off the curb onto Dean Street and not get run …

195 Street Grid Part 7: Wickenden Bike Lanes

In 195 Relocation Project, Roads by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

Something I did not touch on in my last post on the Wickeneden alternatives was the bike lanes. The image above shows Point Street coming in from the left continuing across to Wickenden Street. South Water Street crosses from top to bottom, north is more or less up. The plan is for the Point Street Bridge to have sharrows allow …

Pleasant Valley Parkway Improvements Public Hearing (02/08)

In Roads by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Google StreetView Bike Providence reports that there will be a hearing on February 8th to look at improvements to Pleasant Valley Parkway. Early word is that the new plan calls for one-way movement on each side of the stream, removal of one car lane, and addition of bike lanes on each side. It would end up looking like a small-scale …

Potholes? There’s an app for that

In Roads by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Well, there is in Boston anyway. Boston’s Citizens Connect iPhone App utilizes the iPhone’s camera and GPS to allow city residents and visitors to report on issues around the city. The app helps people report things like graffiti, potholes, broken traffic lights and signs, and other items. The city will be assessing the efficacy of the iPhone app, and plans …

Iway local street design follow-up meeting (02/01)

In 195 Relocation Project, Events, Roads by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Monday, February 1, RIDOT and the City Department of Planning & Development will be hosting a follow-up meeting on the design of the post Route 195 relocation street grid. This meeting is a follow-up on feedback from previous public meetings about the 195 street grid, particularly the Wickenden Street interchange. Related: 195 Street Grid Part 1: Wickenden Street area, Ron …

Mt. Hope Bridge Tolls

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The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has released their report on tolls on the Mt. Hope Bridge. As outlined in the report and reported by the Journal, the toll options include: The same tolls as the Pell Bridge, a cash rate of $2 per axle, 83 cents for Rhode Island residents using the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system, and …

Video: Winter biking in Copenhagen

In Roads, Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Copenhagen January Cycling – Your Country from Copenhagenize on Vimeo. Copenhagenize posts a video of cyclists in the cold and snow in Copenhagen this month. Note the bikeway snowplows in the video. Worth mentioning – because I’ve been asked the question a few times of late – that we don’t used studded tires or any other gadgest or gizmos or …

Wickenden Street overpass demolition to begin this weekend

In 195 Relocation Project, Roads, Transportation by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Photo by Jef Nickerson RIDOT announced today that the old Route 195 bridge over Wickenden Street will begin being dismantled Sunday (01/10) evening. RIDOT expects this work will take approximately one week to complete, with lane restrictions in place Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Additional work may be needed the following week, however, RIDOT expects …

Building Brown

In Colleges/Universities, Metro Transit Study, Roads, Transportation by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

ProJo takes a look at Brown’s scaled back development plans for Providence. Let’s take a closer look at the actual projects. Creative Arts Center Rendering view from Olive Street, from Building Brown Officially known as the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, the arts center is being built between the Brown Office Building and the Brown Walk …

“Where’s the sidewalk rant?” You ask.

In Roads, Snow, Transportation by Jef Nickerson16 Comments

Here it is! First of all, I’ll say that sidewalks on Atwells are better this year than in previous years. Saying that however is not saying very much. For example, I had to help push a woman in an electric wheelchair out of the snow and back on to the sidewalk. I don’t know where she was heading or if …

Dean Street update

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I posted about the work on the sidewalks on Dean Street last month. I had intended to head over to Planning to take a look at the plans for the street rebuild, but never got around to it. However, as work has progressed, one of my primary questions has been answered. The intersection of Federal and Dean is being improved: …

Henderson Bridge bike lane

In Roads, Transportation by Jef Nickerson13 Comments

Photo (cc) K_Gradinger Bike Providence reports that a Bike Lane will be appearing on the Henderson Bridge as soon as next Wednesday. Bike lane signs are up and a query from Bike Providence to RIDOT found that striping (which includes grinding the pavement to remove existing striping) should have commenced this week. Anyone been over the bridge to see if …