You spin me right round

In Roads by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Public bus navigating roundabout in Washington State | Photo by Washington State Dept of Transportation from Flickr The Project for Public Spaces has a post on their blog today about modern roundabouts. Being from Cape Cod, the home of the rotaries from hell, I’ve been slow to come around to the idea of roundabouts (which are actually different from rotaries). …

Re-imagining our squares

In Bicycles, Roads by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Emmett Square | View Larger Map The city has a plan known as the Downtown Circulator (I think that’s what it is known as), which would make Weybosset and Empire Streets two-way, rebuild Fountain Street, and rebuild and reconfigure Emmett and LaSalle Squares. Currently, the city is on track to begin this work next spring (last I heard). Thinking of …

Bike to work day is this Friday

In Transportation by 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, Transportation by 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 …

Washington Bridge Bike Path Open… For Now

In Bicycles, Transportation by 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. …

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 …

REBOOT: Blackstone Boulevard?

In Reader Submissions, Reboot, Transportation by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

View Larger Map In response to Matt’s post about Livable Streets and the livablestreets.com street redesign contest a reader submitted this idea: What is now the southbound side of Blackstone Blvd becomes 2-way. 1 northbound lane, 1 southbound lane and a parking lane on the southbound side. Plenty of crosswalks. Might need a northbound left turn lane at Rochambeau. The …

Livable Streets

In Transportation by 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 …

Bike-Sharing in Texas

In Bicycles by 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 …

ProJo collecting “killer pothole” photos

In Roads by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

North Main Street at Steeple Street. Photo by Jef Nickerson Sheila reports this morning on the ProJo’s effort to collect pothole photos. Potholes are sneaky and dangerous; the worst offer the motorist a choice that isn’t a choice: Crash down into it or swerve into traffic in an adjacent lane. If we know where they are, we can avoid them; …

Pedal Powered Snow Plow

In Snow by Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

Could this be the answer to Providence’s snow clearing woes? Probably not, but it sure is cool, and I want one. Check out the rest of the story over at MAKE

Bike Providence has a “Close Call”

In Snow, Transportation by Matthew Coolidge

Mark over at BikeProvidence.org tells a story that anyone who’s done their share of walking around the city can relate to… I had zero time to catch a license plate, heck, I have to admit it wasn’t until later that I even thought about the fact that I should have tried. I was just rejoicing in the fact that I …

Bike Advocacy Meeting

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If you had a difficult time navigating the icy streets this morning, imagine trying to do it with a bicycle. Well the Providence Bicycle Coalition wants to make biking in Providence as enjoyable and efficient as possible. Want to see what they’re all about, or better yet, get involved? They’re meeting next week. From the website: Our next monthly advocacy …

The Answer to RIPTA’s Crisis?

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image (cc) Ric e Ette This morning I read on MAKE Magazine about the Busycle: Called the Busycle, this bicycle behemoth moves under the power of 28 human legs, plus a driver. And while it can only go about 4 miles per hour, the infectious camaraderie of its passenger power-train just might make it exhilarating. This looks like a fun …

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

In Bicycles, Pedestrians by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

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 …

New RISD Bike Sharing Program

In Bicycles, Colleges/Universities by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

The Brown Daily Herald, which is actually an excellent source for Providence metro news, reports on a new bike sharing program for RISD students which they may aim to expand if it’s successful. We need more of these all around the city…