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Providence street sweeping and yard waste collection start this month

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From the City:


Mayor Taveras Kicks Off Citywide Springtime Street Sweeping Program

Temporary ‘alternate side of the street’ parking rules will be in effect to accommodate aggressive street sweeping schedule

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras kicked off a citywide street sweeping program after a snowy winter that left sand and debris on roads throughout Providence. Ward 7 City Councilman John Igliozzi joined Mayor Taveras to kick off the street sweeping initiative in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood.

“I am pleased to begin the process of cleaning Providence’s streets after a long winter,” said Mayor Taveras. “Crews will be working on an aggressive schedule to give our Capital City the spring cleaning it needs and deserves.”

Cleaning crews will work first shift and third shift for six weeks to sweep all streets in Providence, making roads more passable for bicyclists and pedestrians. Crews will simultaneously begin work to sweep main streets and clean neighborhood roads throughout the city. The Department of Public Works has hired an outside vendor to supplement the city’s street sweeping resources.

“Sweeping all city streets will not only enhance the appearance of our neighborhoods, but will make it easier for residents to walk and bike on our roads,” Councilman Igliozzi said.

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News & Notes

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Image from Cyclehoop

Fast Company: These Recycled Plastic Dividers Can Create A Bike Lane In A Second

Painted bike lanes are safer for cyclists than riding in the middle of the road, but bike lanes that are separated with a curb are even better. For example, one study found that cyclists in separated lanes had 80% fewer accidents than those in regular bike lanes. But it’s often tricky to convince city governments to take the extra, more concrete step of separation. One product from a U.K. design firm aims to help.

The “Armadillo” is a low-slung recycled plastic bump that can be installed along the edge of a bike lane. Set at an angle, the bumps allow enough space for bikes to ride back out into the street if they need to, something that isn’t as easy with a full concrete curb. But it still keeps cars out.


Mashable: London to Test ‘Smart’ Crosswalks

The system, called Pedestrian Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique (SCOOT) uses cameras to figure out how many people are waiting to cross the street and adjusts traffic signals accordingly. So if there is a large crowd waiting, for example, the signal to walk will last longer, giving the crowd more time to cross the street.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – March 19, 2014

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March 19, 2014, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Jan Brodie, I-195 Redevelopment District Commission – coordination with BPAC
  • 5:00: Bill DeSantis, VHB, Bike Providence consultant – examination of city streets by width for potential bike infrastructure
  • 5:55 Bike Education Classes
  • 6:00 Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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RIFuture.org: Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition: Reclaim our streets for people

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South Main Street at the bus tunnel. Image from Google Street View.

We believe that as proposed, these plans do little to increase access to all users; moreover, the decision to start this work at James Street even as the I-195 Commission has issued specific developer criteria for that stretch of road and riverfront is unfortunate in the extreme. It demonstrates yet again a failure to implement both the city’s and the state’s goals for complete streets and integrated transportation into the actual operations of their agencies.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – February 19, 2014

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 4:30pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Introductions
  • 4:35 South Main/North Main St. ADA Project/Improvements – Kate Wilson, RIDOT and Todd Brayton, Bryant Associates
  • 5:30: PSAs and Public Education – Despina Metakos-Harris, RIDOT Office of Highway Safety
  • 5:55: Commission/Staff Updates
  • 6:00 Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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The Brown Daily Herald: City nears agreement on bike share program

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Hubway image from Alta Bicycle Share’s Facebook page

Alta plans to procure a sponsorship to help supply approximately $800,000 to launch the program and the annual operations cost, estimated to be $500,000, according to the company’s proposal.

The first phase of the project would feature 20 bicycle stations and 200 bicycles primarily in the “urban core” of Providence, according to the proposal.

Over the course of two to five years, the program would progress into its second phase — expanding to nearby locations and eventually increasing to 40 stations and 400 bicycles.

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Transport Providence: Petition for bike lanes on Westminster Street

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Image from Google Streetview

This is a guest post by James Kennedy from Transport Providence.

The next mayor must re-envision our city streets by supporting protected bike lanes. Westminster on the West Side is the first place Providence should start the transformation.

Providence does not have cavernous streets like Los Angeles, but many of its streets are much wider than streets in other East Coast cities, but without bike infrastructure. While Philadelphia has buffered bike lanes that are eight feet wide on streets that are around twenty-four feet wide, there are no such lanes on the West Side’s Westminster Street, which is about forty feet wide. The excuse that we don’t have room for infrastructure that will make more people feel safe on bikes has to be set aside.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – November 18, 2013

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November 18, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Ciclovia Recap and Suggestions for 2014
  • 4:50: Public Service Announcements – DOT administered grants
  • 5:10: Bike Providence: Public Comment, Follow-up, and Plan Implementation
  • 6:00: Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Release of Providence Bicycle Master Plan – November 5, 2013

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Bike Providence:

A Bicycling Master Plan for Providence

Join Mayor Angel Taveras and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission for the release of Bike Providence.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
9:45-10:30am
Pleasant Valley Parkway – near River Avenue

Bring your bicycle and enjoy the new bike paths along Pleasant Valley Parkway!

The Bike Providence plan will guide the investment of future funding for the Providence bicycle network, promote a bicycle-friendly culture, set priorities for bicycling improvements, and expand the citywide network. The public comment period for the plan will continue through Friday, November 22, 2013.

This project is funded by a Planning Challenge Grant from the Rhode Island Division of Planning.

For more information contact Dave Everett, Department of Planning and Development, (401) 680-8520 or deverett@providencri.com.

Full disclosure: I am a member of the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.
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Video: Bikes, Buses, Streetcars, and Automobiles

This video shows the Broadway Corridor of Seattle’s First Hill Streetcar project.

In five auto lane widths of roadway you can see room for a separated cycle track, automobile traffic, bus and streetcar traffic, dedicated turn lanes, and it looks like maybe some parking (plus ample sidewalks with trees). It really shows how you can pack a lot of transportation modality into a not too big roadway. Of course Providence is a place where we have a lot of not too big roadways.

What roads in Providence could you see done up in a similar fashion?


Via: Greater Greater Washington

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New England Bike-Walk Summit Providence: October 4, 2013

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2011 Summit, look closely, you might find me eating a cookie. Photo from East Coast Greenway.

I can barely believe that the New England Bike-Walk Summit is only a week away!

I wanted to share the current draft of the Summit program, so you can see what kind of great stuff we have lined up this year. Once again, we have a great variety of sessions related to design, planning, engineering, advocacy, and more, presented by an array of talented and experienced professionals. Add to that a few terrific field sessions and the return of our popular poster session, and it promises to be a great and productive day. Oh, did I mention the amazing guest speakers that are coming? Several bike/walk rock stars, including the Presidents of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the League of American Bicyclists, are headed to New England from DC to share their thoughts on active transportation and recreation in our region and the rest of the country.

Please register now!

p.s.: There’s lots of bike/walk/urbanism fun planned for that evening and all weekend in Providence – the Builders’ Ball (handbuilt bike show), Providence Cyclocross Festival (world-class bike races), Gran Fondo New England, WaterFire

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – September 16, 2013

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
September 16, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Introductions
  • 4:35: Bike Providence plan: Bill DeSantis, VHB
  • 5:35: Harris, Promenade/Kinsley Bicycle Improvements: Arthur Eddy
  • 5:50: Park(ing) Day, James Kennedy
  • 6:00: Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Hope Street Cyclovía – September 15, 2013

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Mayor Taveras Hosts Providence Cyclovía on Hope Street

Sunday, September 15 from 11am to 3pm

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Sunday, September 15, Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence will host the last of three Cyclovía events in Providence this summer season. The event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will open Hope Street exclusively for use by bicyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters.

Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens the street for people of all ages to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise and socialize. A half-mile stretch of Hope Street, from Rochambeau Avenue to Ninth Street, will be closed to traffic during the event.

The event is sponsored by Mayor Taveras in collaboration with the City’s Healthy Communities Office and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. Cyclovía will include bicycle workshops, Zumba, street vendors and more:

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Streetfilms: A Montreal Intersection Morphs Into a Wonderful Neighborhood Space

On a Bixi bike excursion to get some ice cream in Montreal, my wife and I stumbled upon the intersection of Fairmount Avenue and Rue Clark, recently upgraded with colorful new street furniture, traffic calming treatments, and a two-way protected bike lane. The space is teeming with street life. When you arrive at this lovely place your first instinct is to stop, sit down, and enjoy.

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I rebuilt North Main Street for you

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I rebuilt North Main Street and you can rebuilt it and other roads too. Streetmix is a new online app that let’s you custom build your own street with streetcars, bus lanes, bike lanes, and more. I made a quick measurement on Google Maps to figure out that North Main is about 94′ wide and filled in my infrastructure from there.

Create your streets and post the results here.

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Cyclovía Providence on Valley Street – Sunday, July 28, 2013

Free Bike Helmets and Fittings for Children and Adults, Bike Collection by Recycle-A-Bike

cycloviaPROVIDENCE, RI – On Sunday, July 28, Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence will host the second of three Cyclovía events in Providence this summer, opening Valley Street exclusively to bicyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters for the first time.

Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens the street for people of all ages to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise and socialize. A half-mile stretch of Valley Street will be closed to traffic during the event.

“Cyclovía provides Providence residents with a safe and fun environment that promotes cycling, walking and community interaction – all elements of a healthy, balanced lifestyle,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “Residents from across the city will have the opportunity to enjoy their neighborhoods and to experience the great things that Providence has to offer.”

Sponsored by Mayor Angel Taveras in collaboration with the Healthy Communities Office and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and supported by Trinity Brewhouse, Walgreens, REI and the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, Cyclovía will include bicycle workshops, Zumba, street vendors and more.

  • Recycle-A-Bike and REI will provide bicycle tune ups
  • Recycle-A-Bike Valet will provide valet bike parking
  • Clínica Esperanza will sponsor Zumba aerobic dance lessons at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • YMCA’s Y on the Move inflatable obstacle course will be at the event from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • REI’s Nature’s Gym outdoor workout program (in Spanish)
  • Eyes of the World/Yoga and Pilates Passport will provide yoga at 11:30 a.m.

Free bike helmets and fittings will be provided to children and adults through the Rhode Island Department of Health, the YMCA of Greater Providence, and the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital. The helmets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

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Kennedy Plaza/Circulator Phase 3 Informational Meeting – July 10, 2013

The City will be having an informational meeting about proposed enhancements and reconfiguration of the Kennedy Plaza area as well as details about Phase 3 of the Downtown Circulator project. The Circulator project includes reconstruction of LaSalle and Emmet Squares, Fountain Street, Broadway, part of Dorrance Street, and Exchange Terrace.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 • 5pm-6pm
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor

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