Merger with GARI



Last Thursday, the leadership of the PBC and the Greenways Alliance of Rhode Island (GARI) met to continue discussions about a possible merger of these two organizations. Those attending the meeting, worked through a litany of concerns or questions about such a merger and left with a general consensus that a merger would be mutually benefitial. The boards of the two organizations have since met and officially voted to merge.

This is an exciting opportunity for both groups and, hopefully, it will only help to strengthen each of the individual groups. What will this mean for the PBC?

  1. We will ultimately be known by a different name, one which identifies the mission of the combined organization. If you have any great names for a statewide bicycle advocacy group, we’d love to hear your suggestions!
  2. The merged organization will take over GARI’s 501c.3 status. This was ultimately in the long term plans for the PBC and is now one less thing we will need to worry about.
  3. The fundamental mission of the combined organization is very closely aligned with the original PBC. The most noteworthy exception is that the focus will shift to statewide efforts, rather than solely focusing on Providence. In reality, this was the long term goal of the PBC, we are just accelerating the process slightly.
  4. We instantly grow the total membership and achieve a wider variety of cyclists.

We will be posting further information as the merger moves forward. I’d welcome any comments, suggestions, or concerns you might have.

1 Comment

  • Alan Barta
    Sep 17, 2009 at 6:05 am

    A statewide bicycling system is direly needed. But the hinge pin has always been Providence. You can hardly pass through state without braving the VORTEX.

    I've been leading a weekly ride for several months through Providence
    without a single serious incident. But I'd guesstimate that 75% of RI cyclists have never rolled once through the city because of its anti-bike reputation and pathetic infrastructure.

    "Complete Streets" is already federal and state law. But nowhere is this more flagrantly violated than in Providence, where PARKING is a huge concern. Don't think the city would be as marginally bikeable as it is without the addition of the PPM garage, which frees up some pavement. Yet national attention has become focused on Providence as a prime cycle sports venue, and rightly so. Its ambience and architecture are a delight… until your caught in a pothole while distracted by them.

    So, statewide, there are issues to deal with, but none as important as directing infrastructure funding to the impassable city at the center of it all.