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2014 Providence Cyclovía series starts this weekend on Broad Street

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Photo from Mayor Taveras’ Facebook page

Providence will have 3 cyclovía events this year, the first takes place this Sunday on Broad Street in South Providence. Details from the City:


Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens the street for people of all ages to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise, and socialize. 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 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.”

Providence held its first-ever Cyclovía in September 2012 on Broad Street. In 2013, the City of Providence expanded Cyclovías to Valley Street in Olneyville and Hope Street on the East Side.

2014 Cyclovía Providence Series

  • Sunday, June 29 • 12-4pm
    Elmwood: Broad Street (Thurbers Ave. – Prairie Ave.)
  • Sunday, July 27 • 12-4pm
    Federal Hill: Broadway (Dean St. – Courtland St.)
  • Sunday, September 7 • 12-4pm
    East Side: Hope Street (Lippitt Park/9th Ave – Rochambeau Ave.)
Full disclosure: I am a member of the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.
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RIPTA R-Line Schedules Posted

r-line-002RIPTA’s new R-Line rapid bus service will replace and combine the current Route 99 service North Main – Pawtucket and 11 Broad Street services. The new service is set to launch on June 21st and RIPTA has published the schedules for the new service.

One notable service change is that North Main service will run via Providence Station, providing direct services between the station and Kennedy Plaza and serving communities along North Main Street to Pawtucket and south along Broad Street to the Cranston line.

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→ PBN: ‘Rapid bus’ lines part of new development districts

Providence is encouraging transit-oriented development in two neighborhoods most residents may not associate with transportation or potential growth.

The Trinity Square neighborhood in Upper South Providence and the northern section of North Main Street at the Pawtucket line are singled out for the city’s first two transit-oriented development districts in its ongoing zoning rewrite.

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Providence receives HUD grant to improve transit on high ridership bus routes

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Image from Google Street View

Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities Project

The City of Providence has been awarded a Community Planning Challenge Grant through HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities to conduct the Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities study. The project will focus on the highest ridership bus routes in the city– Broad Street, Chalkstone Avenue, Elmwood Avenue, Manton Avenue, and North Main Street. Over the next 18 months, the City and RIPTA will be working together to conduct corridor studies to improve transit service, enhance bus stops and other pedestrian amenities, and encourage the development of mixed-income housing and opportunities for jobs and the arts near transit. Once the corridor studies are complete, the City will update and revise the Providence Zoning Ordinance so that it will be an effective tool to implement the corridor plans and the City’s overall livability and sustainability goals.

Project Goals

  • Provide frequent, reliable transit service.
  • Improve access to employment centers, arts and cultural opportunities, and healthy food choices.
  • Encourage development that is concentrated around transit stops and offers a range of housing choices serving a variety of household types and income levels.
  • Encourage the creation of community hubs, unique to the character of the neighborhoods where they are located.

More information at ProvidenceRI.com

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South Side Shines (04/24)

SOUTH SIDE SHINES EVENT TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

(Providence, RI – March 25, 2010) Community Works Rhode Island is hosting the first annual South Side Shines to celebrate Earth Day and highlight new developments and positive changes on Broad Street. This event is in partnership with the City of Providence Department of Public Works, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Quisqueya en Accion. The event will take place on Broad Street on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00am-3:00pm. The kick-off will be 9:00am at the Algonquin House at 807 Broad Street. The day will close with lunch and a community celebration from 1:00-3:00pm. The rain date will be May 1.

Over 150 volunteers from the neighborhood, community organizations, Bank of America and other partners will come together to beautify Broad Street and the surrounding neighborhoods. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 at Algonquin House at 807 Broad Street and move out along the street to clean up trash, sweep sidewalks and assist merchants with cleaning storefronts. Volunteers will return to the Algonquin House at 1:00 for lunch donated by Aramark, and to enjoy music and environmental activities by local organizations.

The activities will also include the installation of street furniture created by The Steel Yard, the unveiling of the Broad Street banner campaign funded through the City of Providence Neighborhood Markets program, planting of Providence’s first public fruit orchard at Locust Grove Cemetery with Southside Community Land Trust and the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, planting and beautification at St. Michael’s Church, and a spring cleanup at Grace Church Cemetery at Elmwood Avenue and Broad Street.

Carrie Marsh, Executive Director of CWRI said, “We are excited to celebrate Earth Day with the City and our partners in the community, and to engage with our neighbors in a fun and productive day. We look forward to working together to positively transform the neighborhood by cleaning streets, planting trees, and installing artist-designed street furniture and banners. Community Works and SWAP currently have significant real estate developments under construction along the Broad Street corridor. Working together we can highlight the street and continue to build on the new investments that are being made.”

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