Bike to Work Day – May 15th



Bike to Work Day – May 15th

Rain or shine, Providence will be joining cities across the country in hosting Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15! Taking place at Market Square, 20 North Main Street, in downtown Providence, bicyclists will convene at 7:00am for refreshments and kick-off press conference at 7:30am. Providence Mayor David Cicilline, will lead the way as he bicycles to the event. Joining the Mayor at the podium will be Richard Godfrey, Director of Rhode Island Housing and Chair of The Providence Foundation Bike to Work and College Committee, Mike Lewis, Director of the RI Department of Transportation, Providence City Council member John Lombardi, Chris Wilhite of the RI Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Mark Dieterich of the Providence Bicycle Coalition.

Breakfast and refreshments will be served to cyclists from 7:00am until 10:00am. At 3:00pm Market Square comes alive with cool bike demonstrations and free styling, refreshments, live music, bicycle-related vendors providing safety tips and demonstrations, local environmental organizations, and information about upcoming bicycle signage and lane striping.


  • Alan Barta
    Apr 16, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Go to Providence. Demand bike accommodations. It's still the worst place to bike in a 300 mile radius, and rivals anywhere in the country for that title. Fill the potholes. Stripe the streets. Sharrows!

    Or go out to Scituate and ride with wheelmen who avoid the city. What you get out there is the likes of David Hazard of Burnt Hill Road, DUI killer, poster boy for license revocations that don't stick.

    Dave "Traffic" Hazard in his black Dodge Ram, hopped up on alcohol and pills, took out two other vehicles near the Gaynor Dam, plowing head-on on wrong side of Route 12, a road I've ridden countless times, and flipping over a passenger car, killing Foster's Kate O'Toole. A second car then slammed into the dark stopped truck, which couldn't be seen.

    Hazard, with a locally famous name, has been arrested 8 times and convicted once for DUI, 6 arrests for driving on a suspended license. He habitually refuses breathalyzer tests. He would probably drive drunk if they revoked his license altogether.

    Instead, Judge LaFazia says he can still drive from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Claims she can't by law unnecessarily DETAIN him. How is having your license forever shredded being "detained". He could take a cab or hire a chauffeur. It's only a tragedy for his current and future victims. The automotive lobby is so entrenched that ANY precedent to revoke is vigorously fought.

    The absolute best way to improve biking and motoring is to revoke licenses of the bad actors and suspend hazards, whether they be infrastructure or operators. And those who drive on revoked or suspended licenses out to get mandatory jail time. Otherwise getting a license in Rhode Island is a joke.

    Considering the 44,000 motoring deaths every year, should be harder to get a operator license than a pilot's license.

  • Alan Barta
    Apr 16, 2009 at 4:14 am

    History repeats itself.

    From the Hazard Family Letters "…the son of Roland Gibson II and Mary Bushnell Hazard; Roland III, born in 1881 was a recovering alcoholic who underwent treatment by the noted psychiatrist Dr. Jung in Zurich, Switzerland in 1931 and was instrumental in the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. Roland joined the Oxford Group in the latter part of 1931, which was a forerunner to AA. It was through this association that he met Edwin "Ebby" Thatcher in 1934."

    "Ebby was facing a six month prison term in Bennington, Vermont for drunkenness and alcoholic insanity. Roland and Cebra Graves, another member of the Oxford Group attended Ebby's sentencing and asked the Judge to release Ebby to their custody. Ebby began attending the meetings with Roland and after being sober for two months, he met with his old friend Bill Wilson and related the message of Recovery from Alcoholism in Bill's kitchen at 182 Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, NY. This would lead to the founding, seven months later of Alcoholics Anonymous by Bill Wilson and Robert 'Dr. Bob' Smith."

    Operating a motor vehicle is a privilege, NOT A RIGHT! But when they perpetuate urban planning that forces people to drive, it does seem like a prison if you can't. This is why public transportation is an absolute necessity and needs serious renovation locally.

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  • Barry Schiller
    May 8, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Please send a e-flyer out on bike to work day by e-mail that can be forwarded to our various lists.

    I did notice that Warwick and East Greenwich town governments were encouraging their employees to bike that day. The city of Providence had it on their weekly e-newsletter.

    Anyone using the bike trains in the morning but worried about getting back in the afternoon should rememberthat all the buses have bike racks that might help them get back. Note there is no (beyond the regular fare) charge for using the racks.

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  • Anj Shaw
    May 13, 2009 at 7:26 am

    I am leading the Hope Valley to Providence "bike train", with stops in West Greenwich, West Warwick, and ending in Providence at Market Square. We come up route 3 to Division Street, over to New London Turnpike, and pick up the bike path off of Main Street, West Warwick. We take the bike path all the way up through Cranston to the Stop and Shop off route 10, then take Cranston St. past the armory into town. If you are interested in joining this bike train at any one of those points, please do not hesitate to email me –

    Please note that folks who want to bike from Hope Valley should be prepared with spare tubes, and have some level of bike fitness as it is a 30 mile ride. If you are picking up the train between West Greenwich and Providence, it is only 15 miles, 8 of which are on the bike path, and is relatively flat.

    The Hope Valley ride leaves I-95 exit 3 park and ride (on Kingstown Road, across from Job Lot) at 5:45 a.m., travels West on 138, and heads North on Route 3.

    The West Greenwich ride leaves exit 7 park and ride (on New London turnpike just off 95) at 7 a.m., and heads North on New London Turnpike into West Warwick, picking up the bike path at Artic crossing. There are convenience stores, gas stations and bus routes along this route in case of emergency.)

    Beginning riders are encouraged to join the bike train between West Greenwich and Providence.

    Hope to see you Friday! And if you can't do Friday, please note we will be doing the West Greenwich to Providence portion of this route EVERY Monday for the rest of May, June and July.

  • Bruce
    May 13, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Good job and thanks Anj!

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  • joanne
    May 14, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I would love to bike to work, but I don't even feel safe driving down Smith Steet into the city. If Providence(and the rest of RI) want people to use bikes for transportation, there needs to be a REAL effort to make biking safe on our city streets!

  • Anj Shaw
    May 14, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Hi Joanne,

    I would have agreed with you a few years ago. But having commuted by bike and learning bike-favorable routes into the city do exist (it just takes planning and awareness) I disagree that Providence is not bike-friendly. Certainly I would not advocate a small child or inexperienced rider to set out onto a busy city street and compete with the cars. There are certainly streets even I will not bicycle on – they are simply better suited to cars. However, where bicycling is encouraged (by green and white suggested bicycle route signs) it is certainly safe to ride, provided the rider educates him or herself on urban-specific cycling (it is different than riding on a bike path), obeys the law, wears bright clothing and uses caution and good sense. I ride all over Providence on busy streets and can tell you that Providence drivers tend to be more aware and careful with bicyclists than suburban and rural drivers.

    Planning and prep are key – if you're interested in trying it, hop on a bike train tomorrow or on summer Mondays, or contact any one of us bike train leaders for route information to try on your own. The state is interested in promoting safe passage for bicyclists – it's up to us as bicyclists to help advise them on what kinds of things need to be done to make this happen. Come on out and see how easy it is!

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  • May 15, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Biked to work (Providence Journal) today. Hoping to take the bike every Friday!

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