Bike Lane on the Henderson



Bike Lane on the Henderson

bikelaneI came in via the Henderson Bridge this morning and noticed there are now bike lane signs.  Unfortunately, there is no sign of the actual bike lane!  I applaud RIDOT for their attention to bicycles, this bridge has plenty of room to add bicycle lanes.

While I’m certainly glad to see the signs, I’m once again concerned about the coordination of the various aspects of this project.  The signs are posted, but when is the actual striping going to happen?  If the signs are up, without any re-striping being done, drivers are just going to get used to ignoring the signs.  This negates any effect we could hope to achieve with the signage.

UPDATE: I received a response from RIDOT.  Apparently, the striping contract has been slightly delayed because of recent rain.  The current estimate is they will begin grinding out the old striping on Wednesday, Oct. 21st with striping to immediately to follow.  If all goes as planned, we should have bike lanes on the Henderson Bridge by Wednesday, Oct. 28th.


  • Oct 19, 2009 at 6:29 am

    the lane is there!! its on the side of the highway going in the east direction, it's actually a barrier-protected sidewalk and is hard to find because it begins late from the on-ramp to the bridge. trust me i rode it on saturday.


  • Oct 20, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Evan, are you referring to the sidewalk on the bridge? Those have been there for years. In the next week, there will be official bike lanes, on the roadway along side the two travel lanes for the cars.

  • Oct 20, 2009 at 7:31 am

    ahh, I see I didn't know that it's just that the last time i rode over Henderson said sidewalk was closed… can't wait for these bike lanes then

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  • Alan Barta
    Oct 23, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Bike Lane on the Hinder Son? Who is that? Lois Lane's sister?

    RIDOT stuck it to you good. Permanently stalled construction on the George Redman transit, incomprehensible limited use of H, and concurrent work on Division Street. They just don't want you cycling. MASSDOT is almost as insufferable. They closed County Street bridge in Attleboro while they work on Rt. 1. Just how are you supposed to get around?

    Perhaps it's time to enact laws that prohibit repair work on adjacent bridges until at least one is complete. Or maybe they supply temporary bridges.

  • Oct 26, 2009 at 8:16 am

    … or perhaps it's time to forge a stronger relationship with RIDOT and help them understand what cyclists need.

    Yes, they did us a huge disservice by doing work on both the Henderson and Washington Bridges at the same time. We've expressed our frustrations and we worked with them to minimize the impact during this phase. Why do you think they actually uncovered the sidewalks? Why do you think they swept the Henderson bridge whenever we asked them to? Why do you think they only shut down one side of the bridge to bicycles at a time? Because we worked WITH them.

    The work on the George Redman Linear Park is not permanently stalled. It's still going to happen. You might as how I know this, because I was invited to be at the table during the Value Engineering Study to make sure the project as proposed made sense. One of the reasons it's on hold right now, is RIDOT is going back to to determine whether they actually need to rip the whole thing down, closing it to bikes for 2+ years or whether the existing structure is safe. We've also asked them to figure out how they can accommodate bicycles during the construction project, assuming it goes forward without a complete rebuild. You might ask, why is the existing sidewalk open again? Because we asked them to do so until such time as they knew what the future held.

    Yes, RIDOT can do more to support bicycles, pedestrians, and public transit. For many years RIDOT engineers focused primarily on cars. Their beginning to realize there is more out there than just cars to plan for, but it will take time until all of their engineers think about all forms of transportation automatically. I for one think it's much more productive to work with them, than try and legislate their position or even interface with them only in an attack mode.

  • Alan Barta
    Oct 26, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I have a personal relationship with certain officials. They know I'm playing the devil's advocate, the bad cop in the bad-good scenario. Lighten up, Mark.

    On the other hand, if motorists were treated as we bicyclists are, they'd all be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.

    Here's another set of irresponsible actions: Closed entry ramp to 1-195 at Wickenden street, which forces a lot of traffic onto the Point St bridge, a crucial transit between East and West bay. Eliminated the shoulder at the end of Allens Ave, which supposed to be a major bike lane, which pinch cyclists off where traffic is the worst. It's incredibly aggravating, not at all necessary, and ILLEGAL! Who do we throw into jail?

  • Alan Barta
    Oct 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    BTW: They were already working on reopening those catwalks long before your polite interface because of heavy pressure at higher levels. Enabling their major crimes and misdemeanors just drags out infrastructure improvement indefinitely. So, in essence, you become part of the problem. Lawsuits and recalls of public officials work better. And legislation, which you clamor for when it comes to motorists texting, should also apply to municipal and state workers who repeatedly let us down. They didn't steam clean bridges for a decade, which is why they are all crumbling. No amount of spin doctoring is going to sweep that under a rug.

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I received an email from RIDOT. Apparently work is scheduled to commence on the Henderson to grind and repaint the lines tomorrow, Oct. 29th. We will see whether it actually happens this time 😉

  • Oct 30, 2009 at 4:53 am

    I received another update from RIDOT. Crews started grinding the road yesterday, but due to very long hours they have been putting in, have taken the day off today. They will return to the project on Monday.

  • Nov 2, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Work has been delayed again… The company doing the striping called RIDOT to report they were experiencing some equipment failures. Hopefully, things will get rolling again tomorrow.

  • Rachel
    Nov 9, 2009 at 9:13 am

    The new stripe is now there; unfortunately there is so much debris in the bike lane that I would strongly recommend sticking to the sidewalk for now. Halfway across I was so alarmed by all the junk that I was keeping to the extreme edge of the lane. Even so a thick inch long nail punctured my tire so severely I could hear it hit the rim! And they were brand new tires 🙁