East Bay Bike Path Update



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I had to run an errand in Riverside yesterday so I decided to use the bike path. Previous attempts to use the path have been difficult because of the snow cover we have had this winter. The recent warmer temperatures have had a clearing effect; and even though the above picture shows one of the occasional stretches of ice and snow, the rain we had in the last twenty four hours have probably cleared the lingering cover. Overall it felt great to get out there along the Bay.

I love winter for riding and exploring. The world seems a little more desolate and wild. With the trees bare of leaves, secret places reveal themselves to you and are more accessible. On my way to Riverside I pulled off the path to get a look at one of those places. A path led me out to a rocky outcrop on the waters edge. There was a tanker unloading on the Providence side and I watched as the tugboats did their work on the massive ocean going ship. I pulled out my phone and took a panorama of the entire scene. I would post the pictures but when I was stopped by the East Providence Police and Homeland Security, I volunteered to delete them. Apparently, I seemed pretty suspicious to the Coast Guard security boats positioned around the tanker. I didn’t get a half mile from the scene before they were all over me. Impressive. They were both Professional and Polite and sent me on my way after running my ID.

So a notice to all bike path users: the path is clear for now; but if you happen to see an oil tanker on the bay and you want to get a closer look, the smaller boats with the big blue lights motoring towards you probably aren’t trolling for stripers.


  • Bruce Masterson
    Jan 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Willi takes pics of the boats off loading all the time. You must have looked extra suspicious.

    I like the EBBP in the winter a lot. I grew up in Warren and ride there to have a look around and visit the cemetery where my mother is buried. The path is a great place to be alone with your thoughts when it is quiet.

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 3:32 am

    I've had the same experience with the authorities, although I must really look suspicious because two of the guys who showed up to say hello had full swat gear and machine guns 😉 They were actually in the process of bringing a ship into dock and I was enjoying watching the tugs, perhaps this is why they had full weaponry. It is nice to have the path back… wouldn't it be something if we could convince DEM to let it be plowed?

  • Bruce Masterson
    Jan 19, 2010 at 6:01 am

    These must be the guys I saw a few weeks ago in new black SUVs. They had EP police patches but were in black gear. I wonder if it is stimulus money.

    I thought they were answering a call of some sort. I live in EP and had not heard of any EBBP patrols or new vehicles being approved.

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 6:17 am

    For some bizarre reason, they feel the need for extra protection when docking a ship. As if it's under any more danger of attack during a docking procedure than when sitting there for five days straight!