Tag Archives | Bicycles

Washington Bridge bike/pedestrian path to re-open soon?

Washington Bridge

Photo by Jef Nickerson

Buried in a ProJo article about the new Iway ramp opening is this little nugget.

In the coming weeks, the narrow catwalk on the [Washington] bridge, which connected India Point Park to the East Bay Bike Path, will reopen. This was a favorite route of runners, cyclists and pedestrians heading between East Providence and the East Side of Providence.

So it’s reopening in the coming weeks? Yay!

No word on the Washington Bridge Linear Park though. Anyone know the status of that?


REBOOT: Dean Street Interchange and Viaduct

reboot dean before

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REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on GC:PVD where we identify areas of the city that display poor urbanism and propose ways to improve them.

Our interventions may be simple and quite easily realized, or they may at times be grand and possibly take years or decades to complete. Either way, we hope they generate interest and discussion.

Our first reboot is the Dean Street Interchange and Viaduct between Federal Hill and the Valley/Smith Hill neighborhoods. Currently there’s no doubt, this area is built for the automobile. Lanes are wide, turning radii are designed for highspeed auto travel, sightlines for pedestrians are limited, and in many areas sidewalks and crosswalks are non-existent.

There is also no proper streetscape. In the Federal Hill side the street is lined with highway ramps and surface parking, with small buildings set back from the street. On the Valley side the street is lined with industrial areas with open surface lots below the raised berm the street sits on. To the north of that, across the river lie suburban style development, gas stations, car washes, drive-thru fast food joints and more surface parking.

We propose a radical intervention to make this area more urban, improving pedestrian and bicycle connections between Federal Hill to the south and Valley and Smith Hill to the north, de-emphasize the highway, create urban streetwalls with buildings, stores, and parkland, and free up acres of land for redevelopment.

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Bike Providence Advocacy Meeting Tonight

The Providence Bicycle Coalition (PBC) is having a meeting tonight and welcomes anyone interested in attending to join the discussion.

From the PBC website:

Our next monthly advocacy meeting will be held on November 6th @ 6pm. We will be at the offices of the Red Five Sports Group (269 South Main Street). On the agenda for this meeting:

Continuing Business:

  • An update on our RIDMV project
  • Washington Bridge update
  • Bicycle survey

New Business

  • Strengthening our relationship with recycle-a-bike
  • Forming a Public Service Announcement (PSA) committee – please come prepared with ideas!
  • How we can work with the city’s universities/colleges to provide instructions for safe cycling in the city
  • Downtown and Fox Point charette presentations
  • Bike to Work Day (B2WD)

There will be time to discuss other topics after these items are discussed. We have a full agenda this week, so please make every effort to be on time.

As usual, anyone interested in bike advocacy is welcome to attend.


Festival at the Bridge to India Point Park


The new pedestrian bridge to India Point Park is now open, and to celebrate, there will be a festival tomorrow, Saturday, at 1pm.

There will be bands, sailboat rides courtesy of Community Boating, and many activities for the whole family!


Biking Beyond Recreation


Photo credit: Alex Jarrett from the Pedal People website

On the heels of the success of Bike To Work Day, the formation of the Providence Bicycle Coalition, and the recent news about Providence’s initiative to add bike lanes and signage to the city, this is a perfect time to dream a little bigger.

Last week I went to visit some friends in Northampton, MA, and I saw something that left me in awe. People biking while pulling trash. I asked my friend for clarification, and she said yes, they do infact, employ people on bicycles to haul household garbage and recycling each week.

I was and continue to be amazed. Checking out the Pedal People website they say:

We do pickups all by bicycle, all year round, at competitive rates – without the loud trucks or diesel exhaust fumes. Since 2002, we’ve done 25,734 pickups and counting!

Here they list 10 reasons to switch to their service.

My next thought was, would something like this work in Providence? Although technically larger in land area, Northampton doesn’t exactly have the same population size or density as our little city. However, there are some neighborhoods in Providence where I think this could certainly work with the right arrangements. A group the size of Pedal People could handle the trash collection of a neighborhood the size of Elmhurst or Wayland Square.

As the Pedal People point out, this gets more trucks off of the road, which in turn leads to less air pollution, less noise pollution, and longer lasting roads. It may even lead people to think twice before simply throwing something away; knowing a person is going to have to pull it behind them across town.


Coming to a thoroughfare near you; bike lanes

Photo by Jef Nickerson for

In a press release about National Bike to Work Day (May 16th) we learn from Bike Providence that the city is planning to stripe bike lanes on several streets in the city.

The City of Providence Department of Planning and Development has completed plans for the striping and signing of bicycle routes along many of Providence’s thoroughfares. It is expected that this project will be completed this fall. Among the streets included in this project are Elmwood Ave, Broadway, Smith Street, Charles Street, and Hope Street.

As gas approaches $4 a gallon, Providence must capitalize on it’s diminutive size and become a bike city. We should be looking overseas to cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona and closer to home to cities such as Portland and Berkeley that are pushing hard to make their streets bike friendly.

Providence must also embark on an education campaign, reminding drivers that they must share the road and reminding bicyclists that they are bound by traffic rules.

Bike to Work Day takes place May 16th starting at 7:00am at the Bank of America City Center in Kennedy Plaza, details on the Bike Providence Blog.