Quonset Shared-Use Bike Path Opening



Quonset Shared-Use Bike Path Opening


Several dozen bikers and pedestrians will join officials from Quonset Development Corporation, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the town of North Kingstown for a ribbon cutting and inaugural pedal across the newly completed Quonset Shared Use Bike Path.

The new 2.5 mile Bike Path will be formally open on July 17, 2009 providing for unprecedented access from Post Road in North Kingstown to the Calf Pasture Point nature preserve. The new path, for the first time, creates access for bikers and pedestrians to the pristine waterfront preserve.

What: Quonset Shared Use Bike Path Ribbon Cutting
Place: Quonset Gateway Parking lot- (To the left of Dave’s Marketplace) Corner of Post and Gate Roads, North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Date: Friday, July 17, 2009
Time: 10:00 am


  • Jonathan Howard
    Jul 27, 2009 at 5:50 am

    I just tried this path out two weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised to find that there is more than 2.5 miles to explore in the old Navy base. At the official terminus (parking, port-a-potty) there is a gated road (shown as Perimeter Road in Google maps) which takes you another mile out to Calf Pasture Point, an utterly undeveloped sandy Bay beach. Perimeter Rd is an abandoned road with good pavement, but frequently sprouting weeds and encroached by growth. There are a couple of even less-used side roads we did not explore, maybe several more miles. Major roads are wide, well-shouldered and generally in good shape for biking. On a Saturday, auto traffic was light.

    The path start is hard to find, tucked around the back corner of the Dave's Market at Gateway mall. Don't park at Lowe's like we did!

  • Alan Barta
    Jul 29, 2009 at 7:17 am

    The path is accessed from Newcomb Rd just off RT 1, although insulated (not enough entrances, one across end of Potter Rd) and too short for serious commuting or cycling. When I rode it, I came upon a contingent from the Quonset Point Management team, who were investigating a drainage problem. Since surface isn't crowed, water pools in spots. They told me that the state gave them a grant to develop it, a nice cooperative effort if someday connected with other infrastructure. The end is gated a half mile short of the beach.

    When I questioned them why it doesn't get you into Wickford, they explained how NIMBY's fight off all attempts to connect Keifer Park to Wilson Park, despite the fact there are beaches at both. There are already perfectly suitable rights of way and route segments (Smith Grove, for example) that would support cycling without major construction. It would attract interest in Smith's Castle, one of RI's most admired historical antiquities.

    On the other hand, RT 1 is sadly lacking federal and state mandated bicycling accommodations. It's about time someone put North Kingstown on notice of legal action for maintaining this heinous threat to public safety. Few cyclists are going to divert miles out of their way around narrow Old Baptist and busy 102 just to avoid this uninviting stretch.

  • Barry
    Jul 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I thank both Jonathan and Alan for info on this new bike path. I plan to try it out soon, coming from Providence by the #14 bus and its bike rack (there are 16 such buses from Providence to Quonset each weekday, each way) which apprently stops at Kohl's in the Quonset Gateway Park. While I think I can find the path from there, if either Jonathan or Alan sees this post, perhaps they can describe how to get to the path from Kohl's.

    I also agree with Alan that North Kingstown nimbyism has been a problem for bike path development. A possible bike path largely on old rail right-of-way from Wickford to Wickford Junction (givingthe name "junction") has been nixed, even though it could have been a terrific connection from Wickford to where they are going to build a new commuter rail station at Wickford Junction. North Kingstown also opposed reusing the old Jamestown bridge for a bike/pedestrian/fisherman crossing that could also have been a good tourist draw. So many other places have indeed reused old bridges but we let it slip away, without even getting legal access to the new bridge (yet.)

  • Alan Barta
    Aug 4, 2009 at 5:45 am


    You know you can always directly call or email me. How long have we been friends now?

    Facing the Front of Kohl's, if you proceed to the far left (West) of the parking lot, there is a short sidewalk that is directly connected to new bike path, which runs behind and otherwise separate from the Gateway Complex.

  • Alan Barta
    Aug 4, 2009 at 5:54 am

    BTW: Ride a BUS to Quonset? It's only 14 miles from Providence and an easy, lovely destination for a bike ride, not the industrial segment, but adjacent Fletcher, Forge Roads, even Goddard Park, with a stop in one of the many cafes along East Greenwich's Main Street. Ask me for a cue sheet or map.