Bike To Work Day Trains – 2009

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Bike To Work Day Trains – 2009

Started in 2008 and back by popular demand, the Providence Bicycle Coalition will be leading Bike Trains into the city on Bike to Work Day, May 15th!  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 three bike trains following predetermined routes:


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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 Market Square by 7:30am. See the map for route details and all time estimates along the ride.

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 Market Square by 7:30am. See the map for route details and all time estimates along the ride.

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

The Warwick Bike Train covers just over 7 miles. It is a completely on-road route, whenever possible using quiet roads. It is denoted in red on the map. If you’ve been looking for a good route from Warwick to Providence, here is your chance to learn from an experienced bicycle commuter.

The inbound train will originate directly across from the entrance of Governor Francis (Squantum) at 7am and arrive at Market Square by 7:40am. See the map for route details and all time estimates along the ride.

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

The Smithfield Bike Train covers about 8.5 miles. It is a mostly on-road route, whenever possible using quiet roads and is denoted in aqua on the map. If you’ve been looking for a good route from Smithfield to Providence, here is your chance to learn from an experienced bicycle commuter.

The inbound train will originate from the McDonalds parking lot in the Apple Valley Mall at 7am and arrive at Market Square by 7:40am. See the map for route details and all time estimates along the ride.

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

The Blackstone Bike 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 Market Square 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.

The Pawtucket Bike Train covers around 8.5 miles. It is a completely on-road route, whenever possible using quiet roads. It is denoted in dark grey on the map. If you’ve been looking for a good route from Pawtucket to Providence, here is your chance to learn from an experienced bicycle commuter.

The inbound train will originate at the Dunkin Donuts at 6:20am and arrive at Market Square by 7:30am. See the map for route details and all time estimates along the ride.

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

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  • Alan Barta
    Reply May 15, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Was joined by Mellisa and John from ride in from Smithfield. Both are experienced riders from Johnston, who backtracked to meet me. Pleasant riding with them in drizzle.

    John wanted to use more of the Northwest Bikeway (though I planned a Stop & Shop stop), since the pavement on Manton isn't great; complained a little over the bikeway arrangement in Eagle Square, which IS confusing.

    Noticed some dangerous damage on bikeway crossing just North of Manton, a sharp stump that sticks up (used to be a sign).

    On way home via Eddy Street passed the homeless camp under entrance to I-195. Sad.

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