Pawtucket Section of Blackstone Bikeway



Pawtucket Section of Blackstone Bikeway


What: Watch a video of the city’s plan for the Pawtucket section of the Blackstone River Bikeway, then walk the route with the city’s Planning Director.

Where: Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket

When: 11am Sunday September 21

Who: Mike Cassidy, 401-724-5200 or

Cost: FREE


  • Sep 15, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I once discussed with ECGA how to route between Front Street, Saylesville, and WSBP and/or Northwest Bikeway. The tough parts were Central Falls and Fairlawn Section of Pawtucket. There's practically no traffic on downtown Pawtucket's one-way circulators by closed business, so on-street solutions could easily work, provided anyone wants to go there.

    Having reviewed plan presented above, though, I would be in favor of some off street flow if it was adequately patrolled. Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls, in order, lead the state in crime, particularly assaults and thefts, according to sources.…

    The stated intention was to improve tourism in Pawtucket, a worthwhile goal. But the end point at Division St falls short of the goal to connect through the East Side. Sticking to public property may be the easy way to go, but it lacks and urban planning finesse. If routes passed potential cafes, convenience stores, schools, toilets, people might be more excited about using a bikeway. NYC just did a bikeway in the area of Broadway to improve area ambience. Museums make good stops, too, but I'm wondering about costs of maintaining all those additional bridges, esp. after the major washout of a segment of the Blackstone Bikeway in Lincoln last year (since repaired). Waterways are delightful, give up flat miles, but businesses don't crowd by them for a reason. Finally, jersey barriers have a major limitation in that road sanding crosses but street sweepers don't, so, in no time, they are confining beaches.

  • Sep 15, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Hey, Alan. Maybe you should take a ride up Bucket way. Your assumptions are out dated. The Grant was teh ROCK on Saturday. "Art openings" that come with bands and a pallet of beer…

    Read The Bucket Blog and you'll always be up-to-date.


  • Sep 16, 2008 at 1:48 am

    My "assumptions"? I bike through Pawtucket at least once a week. Been doing so for years. Very much aware of what goes on in the "bucket hanging clear to hell," to borrow an old Grateful Dead phrase.

  • Sep 16, 2008 at 4:15 am

    Well thanks for your warm thoughts. Cheers.

  • Sep 19, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Pawtucket Open Studios starts tonight, lasts over the weekend. Any mill where you see those P.O.S. flags means they welcome you to see what their up to. Some will also wine and snack you.

    At least Pawtucket honors their 600 or so working artists, a big group of self employed workers. Kudos to Economic Officer Weiss and Mayor Doyle. The rest of RI cares practically nothing for art. RISCA is headed by a guy who doesn't like art, never attends such events, and directs funds only to education, like we need a bunch more artists who are starving. Newport's council actively fights off anyone who might install public art. The state, when offered art for free, tells you they don't want it. Pawtucket, by comparison, seems a citadel of culture and reason, even though there's no money other than to throw a small annual public bash. Providence can't even work out a contract with their police and fire departments after 5 years. Are we being served?