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James Kennedy: The Elorza Challenge


Mayor Elorza at Bike-to-Work Day, from his Facebook page.

This post was written by James Kennedy and was originally published on his website Transport Providence and

Mayor Jorge Elorza bikes to work everyday, and takes part in frequent night rides with community members. By all accounts the mayor is supportive of bicycling. However, Providence has made next to no progress on bike infrastructure during the two years the mayor has been in office. This needs to change.

I want to be really clear about what I’m saying. I can’t fully diagnose what the internal politics of why Providence hasn’t gotten infrastructure are. It’s very possible that an intransigent Providence City Council, inter-agency struggles with state-level institutions like RIDOT, or some other cause is to blame. When I say that the mayor needs to step up, I’m not trying to insult the difficulty of being mayor, or saying that the mayor is a bad person.

But Providence has seen the mayor step up on some issues, and his vocal leadership has had an effect. Just recently, Mayor Elorza spoke eloquently to the harm of liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plants, a move which put him in direct contradiction with Governor Raimondo. This move came after the Sierra Club of Rhode Island challenged the mayor to speak up clearly on the issue. I am making the same request.

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RIBike May Speaker Series at AS220 – Livable Streets! – May 28, 2014


In celebration of May bike month, the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RIBike) invites you to join guests from the New England region as well as local bike advocates at a three-part series addressing a wide range of bike-related topics. Learn about bike vacations, local advocacy efforts, bike touring 101, and much more!

Admission is FREE. Doors at 6pm (come early to grab food and drinks & mingle!), speakers at 6:30pm.

May 28th: Livable Streets: Rethinking Urban Transportation – Jonathan Harris (RI Chapter Vice Chair & Transportation Working Group Leader, The Sierra Club)


News & Notes

The Atlantic Cities: Why Mayors Should Run the Department of Transportation

The transportation issues of the 21st century will be less about building new highways and more about building new transit, about offering more multi-modal options to bike and walk. Transportation policy going forward won’t just be about moving people as far and as fast as possible, but about leveraging transportation in service of economic opportunity and livable communities.

So here is one modest thought about who understands all of this as Obama searches for LaHood’s successor: mayors. There have been three former mayors at the helm of the DOT in the department’s 46-year history, most recently former San Jose Mayor Norman Mineta. As the agency further modernizes its mission, who better to take us there than someone who comes from a city?

I’m not sure I could even understand a world where L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was not our next Transportation Secretary.

The New York Times: America’s Mid-20th-Century Infrastructure

Europeans visiting the Northeastern United States – and many parts of the East Coast — can show their children what Europe’s infrastructure looked like during the 1960s.

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Providence Bike Plan public workshop – December 13, 2012


Allens Avenue, Photo (cc) Matthew Coolidge

Public Workshop: Bike Providence – A Bicycling Master Plan for Providence

Mayor Angel Taveras, the Providence Department of Planning and Development, the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and consultants VHB, Inc. are working to expand the bicycle network in Providence. Please join us at the Providence Foundation on December 13th to provide your input.

WHERE: Commerce Center – Providence Foundation Auditorium
30 Exchange Terrace • Providence, Rhode Island
WHEN: Thursday, December 13th, 2012
5:00 p.m. Open House & Greeting
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Presentation and Public Comment/Q&A

For more information, contact Dave Everett at (401) 680-8520

The website is live now:
Can’t attend, visit the project website after December 5th:

Workshop Program will include:

  • Update of current Bike Network Phase I routes since 2006 implementation.
  • On-going projects for improvements to the bike network.
  • Outline of new bikeway design Standards & Guidelines – New Tools.
  • Identification of network gaps and network deficiencies.
  • Coordination with proposed City roadway resurfacing program.
  • Initial list of Phase II Bike Network improvements.
  • Rollout of project website and bike routing tracking smart phone app.
  • Opportunities for Education and Encouragement initiatives.

New England (Bike) Builders Ball, October 5, 2012

The New England Builders Ball is a party celebrating small framebuilders of New England and exhibiting their work

new-england-builders-ballCome to Providence on Friday, October 5, 2012, to see the work of some of the world’s best bicycle makers at the Biltmore’s “Garden Room,” overlooking beautiful Providence, Rhode Island. Admission is only $3, and the event runs from 7 to 10 pm with live music, cash bar, and some fun surprises. Stay in town over the weekend to check out world-class bike racing at the Providence Cyclocross Festival and great deals on bikes and bike paraphernalia at a huge bike swap (at the race site) all day Saturday and Sunday.

New England has a grand history of bicycle building and innovation. Pierre Lallement, considered the father of the bicycle, worked in Connecticut and Boston. The North American bike industry started with Colonel Pope’s factory in Hartford in the 1870s. Aegis Bicycles (of Maine) in 1986 became the first U.S. company to make carbon monocoque frames, and in 1987 Merlin Metalworks was founded, a pioneer in titanium frame fabrication. New England continues to be a leader in quality bespoke bicycle building, with many brands known far and wide. The only place in our region to see the work of these builders, all in one place, is the New England Builders Ball.

Admission: just three bucks.

Formalwear not required!


New England (Bike) Builders Ball – October 7, 2011

New England Builders BallFollowing tomorrow’s New England Bike-Walk Summit at the Biltmore is the first ever New England Builders Ball.

In partnership with the Providence Cyclocross Festival, VeloSwap, and the New England Bike-Walk Summit, the East Coast Greenway Alliance is pleased to present the New England Builders Ball, a celebration of New England framebuilders and an exhibition of their work.

Friday, October 7, from 8 to 10 pm

the Providence Biltmore’s Grand Ballroom. 1920s opulence on the 17th floor of the city’s oldest and most elegant hotel, with windows on three sides of the room looking down at beautiful, historic downtown Providence.

Why? Because we’re bike geeks, because we have regional pride, because it promotes economic growth, because it’s going to be so cool. And because the best bike events in the western hemisphere are all in Providence that weekend already, so why not do this too?

Admission: Free. Cash bar, live music, formal wear not required!