Covered Bicycle Shelter Proposed

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Covered Bicycle Shelter Proposed

From an article in today’s projo, the Barrington town council

approved spending up to $10,000 to construct a new bike shelter so people can safely store their bicycles before catching a RIPTA bus to work.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is offering to finance the design of the project, which will include the installation of about 10 bike racks and a covered shelter.

The location would be near where the bike path connector meets County Road, according to Town Planner Philip Hervey. There is already a shelter for bus riders.

Another town that is starting to understand how bicycles can be used for transportation.  If all goes well, this project should end up costing the town very little as

the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has offered to commit $40,000 if Barrington chips in 20 percent of the cost.

The only question I have here is whether or not RIPTA can afford to do this.  At a time when they are discussing route cuts to cover bugetary shortfalls, should they be spending money on bike racks?  Hopefully, this means RIPTA has secured other funding to continue their full compliement or routes.

Are you looking for some way to reach out to your local community?  I’d suggest each of us can contact our local officials, make sure they know what Barrington is doing and ask whether your town can do the same!

2 thoughts on - Covered Bicycle Shelter Proposed

  • Barry
    Jul 25, 2008 at 7:38 am

    I think the situation with RIPTA is that they have potentially unused Federal capital funds available for "passenger initiaitves" but do not have the 20% match that Federal funding requires, (unless they take it from the their operating budget already in deficit.) What I think they are doing is offering Barrington the opportunity to use the Federal funds if they can provide the match, something I bet they would be willing to do with other communities that request this. Statewide Planning does something similar with Federal planning funds.

    Perhaps something on the north end of the Cranston bikeway might be appopriate for a similar shelter where the #30(express) and #31 (local) bus routes can take bikers into central Providence just where the bike routes to town are not that great.

    The bike community should consider sending anote of appreciation to the Barrington Council for trying this!

  • Jul 25, 2008 at 7:42 am

    The bike community should consider sending anote of appreciation to the Barrington Council for trying this!

    One step ahead of you. I already contacted the Barrington planning department and offer to provide them with some cyclist input on behalf of the PBC. They were glad to hear from me and eager to have some more involvement. I actually live in Bristol though, so if there is someone from Barrington who would like to get involved, let me know and I'll get you in touch with the appropriate people.