Warren Bike Path Dedication

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Warren Bike Path Dedication

The latest RI bike path addition is scheduled to be dedicated tomorrow.

David S. Frerichs
Town Council President
Town of Warren, Rhode Island

and

Michael P. Lewis
Director
Rhode Island Department of Transportation

Cordially invite you to attend

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the

Warren Bike Path

Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.

Event to take place adjacent to the path at Warren Recreation Park, next to Hugh Cole School, 50 Asylum Road, Warren, R.I.

It would be great if we could get some cyclists at the dedication.

9 thoughts on - Warren Bike Path Dedication

  • Barry
    Jun 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Can anyone familiar with the Warren area suggest a good bike route between the East Bay path and the site of the dedication? RIDOT gave driving directions, but no advice on biking there.

  • Jun 9, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Ride down the EBBP to the crossing with Rt. 103 (Child Street, there is a Dell's on the corner). Head east on Rt. 103, the middle school is on your right down 1.5 miles or so. Rt. 103 is okay for biking, especially once you get past the second intersection with Rt. 136.

  • Jun 11, 2010 at 5:53 am

    A handful of people from the cycling community made the trek out to the new bike path dedication. I snapped a photo on my phone and updated the original post to show the ribbon cutting in action.

    While this current bike path is only 1.5 miles, there is MAJOR potential if we (the state) can find some way to get a bridge installed again over the Kickemuit river. This would enable a connection between the East Bay Bike Path and two schools; an elementary school and middle school.

  • Barry
    Jun 12, 2010 at 6:16 am

    ( agree with Mark, there is much potential in connecting this new segment to the East Bay path. The "bridge" in question is not the usual big deal, there s no boating underneath, and the old railroad abutments seem really built to last. Warren town government seems interested, and a staffer from Senator Reed's office was at the event and was interested, perhaps he can help get some funding in the next transportation bill.

    But the state has its regular transporttion program that has a "bike/pedstrian program" that can include funding thru the "enhacement" and "cmaq" (congestion mitigation air quaity) programs. But there is a lot of competition for these funds (e.g. finishing the Blackstone, ped bridge in Prov, Warwick bike plan etc etc) so again we need to help prioritize

  • Labann
    Jun 14, 2010 at 5:35 am

    There's a Warwick Bike Plan? Ha! After speaking with Scott Avedesian, I thought their plan was to EXCLUDE bicycling at all costs.

    Being the flattest municipality in Rhode Island, you'd think they'd locate their schools in places students could bike to. No, only Pilgrim, and even that is a little dicey. Tollgate doesn't even have sidewalks.

    Sidewalks weren't put in according to law. They claim it was to "preserve the rural heritage". No. It was because builders and city were too cheap. In most of the city you have to bike or walk in streets without shoulders. About the only compliant road in Warwick is West Shore Road from Hoxie to Oakland Beach and a small section of Post Road below Apponaug. There's no continuous route through Warwick from any angle that meets federal or state law.

    Minor modifications could accomplish an on-street North-South route from WSBP at East Avenue to East Greenwich. A tie-in from Governor Francis to West Shore Rd is planned. But a short bridge would connect City Park to Oakland Beach. That would put Long Ave in play to avoid offensive West Shore in Buttonwoods. But something must be done in the upcoming reconstruction of Apponaug to permit bike access not only to Post Rd South but 115 and 177 West.

  • Paul Klinkman
    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

    If it were my decision, I'd run an east-west route from the current Warwick path along or beside the top of the aqueduct starting at Cranston Street and Ambrose Street, heading down to the Pawtuxet River, crossing over route 95 at the railroad bridge two blocks north of the Pawtuxet, then following the Pawtuxet again (yes, it floods out at least once every 10 years) until it turns north to Roger Williams Park. The goal is to use natural, kid-safe corridors through Warwick.

    In Providence, a kid-safe bikeway with few street crossings could be constructed on the bay side of Allens Avenue, running over the Point Street Bridge to the East Bay bike path. This would just about link the two paths.

  • Barry
    Jun 17, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Good suggestions Paul. Please try to bring it up at any Mayoral campaign stops in Providence or Warwick as appropriate (such as the "Uncaucus" events in Providence) as I haven't heard mayoral candidates address transportation issues not just bicycling – in their campaigns so afr (though Tavares and Lombardi did attend Bike to Work Day)

  • Labann
    Jun 21, 2010 at 6:09 am

    There are numerous ideas afloat to make Providence and Warwick more bikeable.

    Obviously, making some on-street routes that connect Blackstone, East Bay, Northwest and Washington Secondary is not only easily doable but sensible. Discussed a possible connection with Pawtucket's planners using a stripe on curbstones along an on-street route on East Bay side of Seekonk River, but this would ignore Providence altogether. From Blackstone Boulevard to Pawtucket via Alfred Stone is the most frequent choice, but it's the long way to EBBP over Henderson Bridge.

    The hard spots are downtown, West End to Olneyville (stripe Broadway, done!) and certain intersections, such as around Raymond Street. I see a combination of bike lanes and one-way designations as the cure. Already talk of doing that to opposite banks of Pleasant Valley Parkway up to Lasalle, then side streets to Mt. Pleasant and RIC.

    Olneyville misses only a few small accommodations in the area of Donnigan Park to make Kinsely/Promenade bike lanes connect nicely to Northwest Trail. But I seldom use NWT below Manton Ave, since it's so dangerous (junkies, etc.) and there's no exit from NWT to Glenbridge. I revert to side street to get up to Buttonhole Golf (where the condition of short bike lane is atrocious), then take Glenbridge to Hartford and Pettys Ave.

    Promenade lanes, however, don't connect to anything at the PP Mall. They could have ducked under and went along Waterplace Park to (former) Memorial Square and RISD. But there's no sensible plan to scale College Hill. There's a train underpass from North Main to Gano, but that would be unpleasant. India Park is the best workaround. Northbound, Canal and South Main work to Randall Square.

    Development along Connelly's Wharf is a given, but I doubt bicycling will be considered. There's already lanes on Allen's Ave (as if!) and Narragansett Parkway gets you to Warwick line.

    Warwick is especially challenging, but some small projects could work. I see a double bridge on levees at the end of Wellington Avenue at the Cranston/Warwick Line. The levees would control flooding. Bike path atop would connect Cranston Neighborhood Route to Norwood Section AND Jefferson Blvd, which could then serve as the parallel to Post Road that's missing. Jefferson would have to be restriped with bike lanes or sharrows, but the level of traffic on it, although generally too fast, is light even at rush hour from my observations of commuting on it. Post Road below the Greenwood Bridge, which also supports light traffic, could connect bikes to Apponaug.

    A route from the WSBP (which bends West after East Ave) to Tollgate could be made using Commonwealth Ave. This would require cyclist to use existing on-demand cross at Bernies. Slight modifications of sidewalks is all that would take. Commonwealth takes you to 117, where you could cross at South entrance to Tollgate Complex to Hardig Rd. You objective would be the bridge at Cowesett Rd. Sleepy Hollow is an easy ride to Major Potter, off of which is Shadow Brook Drive, which already features a foot path to Heritage Drive and Division St in East Greenwich. I advocated this for years as part of a continuous bike route to Wickford.

    I you can make flatish, unbroken routes as these with little hassle from motoring that also happen to intersect parks and schools, cyclists will use them. Often the only problem are lack of bike-ped bridges, short sections of paved paths at cul de sacs, and signs to point the way.

  • Jul 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

    When will the dedication of the 2.5 miles of WSBP in Coventry occur?

    I rode it today, as did a number of people. It only lacks minor landscaping and striping. The finish coat of asphalt is down.

    Returning on back roads, I want to thank Town of Scituate for the fine job repaving Matteson Rd. It's still a narrow lane, but the pavement is perfect…. not that cheap chip seal garbage.