Bike Trains – 2008

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Apr

Bike Trains – 2008

New for Bike-to-Work day in 2008!

To help encourage more people to participate in Bike-to-Work Day this year, we are organizing bike trains to and from the Providence event. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, a bike train is one or more experienced bicycle commuters who follow a published route with predetermined meeting points. Other cyclists can hop on and off the train at any point. It’s a great way for new cyclists to give bicycle commuting a try in a safe environment!

Please note… we’ve done our best to estimate times at which these trains will be passing certain points on the maps. We’d encourage everyone to get at specified locations a bit early, to ensure you don’t miss the train. We’ve also tried to indicate places where it would be safe to wait, not necessarily where there is parking available.

This year, the PBC is sponsoring two bike trains following predetermined routes on this map.

The East Bay Bike Train is denoted on the map in blue. It is probably the most friendly route there is for those new to bicycle commuting. The majority of the ride is on the East Bay Bike Path, with only the last part heading into Providence on roads.

The inbound train will originate at Independence Park in Bristol at 6:00am and arrive at Kennedy Plaza by 7:30am. See the map for route details and all time estimates along the ride. The outbound train will leave Kennedy plaza at 6:00pm, for an anticipated arrival back at Independence Park in Bristol at 7:30pm.

If you have any questions or plan to join the train, you can email the organizers of the East Bay Bike Train.

The South County Bike Train is not for the faint of heart. It is denoted in violet on the map. The entire ride covers 33 miles with the first part goes through some rolling hills, the middle on a bike trail, and the last part on Providence roads.

The inbound train will originate at the Park and Ride on Kingston road at 5:30am and arrive at Kennedy Plaza by 7:30am. See the map for route details and all time estimates along the ride. The outbound train will depart from Kennedy Plaza at 5:30pm, arriving back at the terminus around 7:00pm.

If you have any questions or plan to join this train, you can email the organizers of the South County Bike Train.

The Glocester Bike Train will bring you in from the more rural setting West of Providence. It is denoted in red on the map. The entire ride covers just over 12 miles with only one significant hill. The ride in is generally down hill, which does mean you will work a little harder going home. The entire route is over roads, but we try our best to keep the train off roads where cars are moving quickly.

The inbound train will originate at a parking lot near Phillips Ln in Chepachet at 6:30am and arrive at Kennedy Plaza by 7:30am. See the map for route details and all time estimates along the ride. The outbound train will depart from Kennedy Plaza at 3:45pm, arriving back where the ride started around 4:45pm.

If you have any questions or plan to join this train, you can email the organizers of the Glocester Bike Train.

The Blackstone Bikeway Train covers just over 15 miles. It is denoted in green on the map. The majority of the ride is on the Blackstone Bikeway, with the last part traveling on roads into Providence.

The inbound train will originate at the North end of the Blackstone Bikeway at 6:30am and arrive at Kennedy Plaza by 7:30am. See the map for route details and all time estimates along the ride. NOTE: as large parts of this bikeway are relatively new, this map may be a little more rough than the others. The road/satellite data was not complete, so we had to make some estimates when laying the route. The markers are correctly placed.

If you have any questions or plan to join this train, you can email the organizers of the Blackstone Bikeway Train.

If you are an experienced bike commuter who will be riding to and from the Bike-to-Work day festivities please contact us and we can work out the route details and publish another route.