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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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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – June 17, 2013

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June 17, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Introductions
  • 4:35: Approval of May 30 Minutes
  • 4:40: Downtown Circulator (KP and Fountain/Sabin) w/Bonnie Nickerson
  • 5:10: Bike Plan (following up on steering committee meeting)
  • 5:30: Thayer St Plan input
  • 5:40: Crosswalk Buttons
  • 5:50: Downtown Bicycle Parking
  • 6:00: Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – May 30, 2013

featured-bikepedMay 30, 2013, 4:30 PM
City Administrative Building
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Welcome and introductions
  • 4:35: City signs and bike locks (guest: Parking Administrator Leo Perrotta)
  • 4:50: Kennedy Plaza redesign: bike and pedestrian elements (guests: Cliff Wood, Bonnie Nickerson)
  • 5:10: Fountain & Sabin streets: bike & ped improvements
  • 5:20: Pedestrian crosswalk signals
  • 5:30: League of American Bicyclists: State ranking; bike-friendly community application (Matt Moritz)
  • 5:40: City bike & ped ordinances: recommendation to the City (Matt Moritz)
  • 5:50: Old Business and Public Comment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – April 15, 2013

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
April 15, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

4:30 – Old Business:

  • Letter to Businesses Abutting Bike/Ped Facilities
  • Logo/Letterhead
  • Ordinance Changes
  • Pedestrian Cross (“Beg”) Buttons

5:00 – Downtown Circulator and Related Bike/Ped Concerns: Fountan, Sabin, etc.
5:30 – Public Comment, Additional Issues
5:50 – Reschedule or Relocate May 20 Meeting

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – March 18, 2013

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
March 18, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30 – ServeRI/Dig Out RI
  • 4:45 – East Coast Greenway/US Bike Route 1 Update – Eric Weis
  • 4:55 – S. Water/Crawford St. Bridge ped crossing/disabled ramp issues – Matt Moritz
  • 5:05 – Kinsley/Promenade Bike Path concept – Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
  • 5:20 – Fountain Street bike lane considerations
  • 5:30 – Cyclovia 2013
  • 5:40 – Bike Fest RI and Bike Valet – Jenna Yu
  • 5:50 – Public comment
  • 6:00 – Adjourn.

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – February 20, 2013

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Agenda
February 20, 2013, 4:30 PM, 444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Note: Meeting is Wednesday instead of Monday due to the President’s Day holiday.

  • 4:30 – Bike Providence Master Plan update – Bill DeSantis, VHB
  • 5:00 – Snowstorm follow-up/issues
  • 5:15 – Communications update – Jef Nickerson, Jenn Steinfeld
  • 5:25 – Walk Lights (beg-button) – Jef Nickerson
  • 5:35 – Road Bond/Bike Improvements coordination
  • 5:40 – Public Comment
  • 5:55 – Approval of Minutes (December 17, January 23)

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – January 23, 2013

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
January 23, 2013, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor
Note: Meeting is Wednesday instead of Monday due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Also, meetings start at 4:30pm now rather than 4 o’clock.
  1. 4:30 – Nate Urso, Providence Department of Public Works: Crosswalks, Street Repaving, Policy, and Safety (Nate will also give a brief update on the status of the Road Bond repaving in general)
  2. 4:55 – Dave Everett: Bike Plan Update and BPAC input on potential road bond bicycle improvements (Melrose, Prairie, Potters, Olney) and review of typical sections. Also plans for draft report and stakeholder meeting in Feb.
  3. 5:05 – Public comment.
  4. 5:20 – Discussion/letter re DOT bikeway plans (master list for bike plan)
  5. 5:25 – Jef Nickerson: S. Main St. merchant issues re pedestrian access/movement relative to I-Way parcels
  6. 5:30 – Jenn Steinfeld/Jef Nickerson: BPAC communications update/protocol for receiving input
  7. 5:40 – Bridge detours update
  8. 5:45 – Zip Car spaces and potential bike lane conflicts
  9. 5:55 – Rescheduling BPAC meetings now scheduled for May 20, August 19, November 18, December 16
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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What Cheer / What Jeer 2012

It is that time of year for us to take a look back and What Cheer the good and What Jeer the bad.

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Work commences on the Washington Bridge Linear Park

It has been in the works for years, but finally RIDOT has started work on the Washington Bridge Linear Park.

Through a $22 million contract, RIDOT will rebuild the remaining section of the original Washington Bridge that carries the existing bikeway and a section of the original highway bridge. In the same footprint will be a much wider bikeway and linear park. It will feature a separate bikeway and walking path, scenic overlooks, park benches, flag poles, decorative lighting and landscaped planters. The project also calls for restoration of the historic, multi-arch granite façade of the Washington Bridge and two operator’s houses from which an original drawbridge was controlled.

When opened, the new linear park will be named the George Redman Linear Park, after the East Providence resident who was instrumental in making the East Bay Bike Path a reality 25 years ago. Redman continues to advocate for bike path development across the state.


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Wind Turbines at Fields Point

While they were installed in January, the whole City was speculating when the would finally start spinning. Turns out they wouldn’t start up until October. But now they are finally spinning and adding some environmental goodness to the Providence skyline. Hope we’ll some more.


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Overnight parking expansion

While it has been studied endlessly for years (even as the rest of the world seemed to be able to embrace it and not devolve into chaos), in April, overnight parking has finally started spreading throughout the City.


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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – TODAY, December 17, 2012

Regular Meeting • 4:00 PM, December 17, 2012
Doorley Building, 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor • Providence, RI

  1. 4:00: Bike Providence Public Workshop Recap
  2. 4:20: Bike Providence and Beyond: Education Strategies for Drivers, Riders and Everyone Else
  3. 4:40: Public Comment
  4. 5:00: BPAC Communications Strategy
  5. 5:15: Updates (Snow Removal, Letters, etc.)
  6. 5:25: Schedule 2013 Meetings
  7. 5:30: Adjourn

See also: Bike Providence website for documents from last week’s public meeting.

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

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Providence Bike Plan public workshop – December 13, 2012

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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: http://www.vhb.com/bikeprovidence

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.
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