South Coast Regional Bikeway Summit



South Coast Regional Bikeway Summit

We received an invitation to attend The South Coast Regional Bike Summit to be held on February 15th to discuss connecting South Coast communities through a Regional Bikeway.  In particular:

With oil prices rising and health concerns mounting a voice is growing in the South Coast—calling for healthy, safe, and sustainable alternative modes of transportation. Join us for a presentation of the South Coast Regional Bikeway vision. Learn what other communities have achieved; and what the South Coast is and can be doing to expand bikeways in the region.

The summit will be held at the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center Auditorium (ATMC), 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA from 1pm – 4pm.  This would be a good opportunity for us to learn what our neighbors in MA are up to and see how we can cooperate on advancing bicycle advocacy. We are looking for someone who could attend on behalf of RIBike, please contact us if you are interested.


  • Jan 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    At least one person has asked… there is no cost to attend this event.

  • Jan 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I can think of several reasons why Massachusetts is more proactive than Rhode Island when it comes to bicycling infrastructure.

    RI has 16% illiteracy. MA has only 10%. RI graduates 26% from college. MA graduates 37%. Rhode Islanders are just not as smart.

    MA had dedicated bikepaths (CCRT) and street lanes in major cities for decades before RI. Awareness of ROI is already a given.

    MA already has CA emission standards to combat air quality issues. RI pays fines instead of complying with EPA mandates, but it's not public knowledge.

    MA is green conscious. RI debate whether any such thing as global warming exists from fossil fuel use. Rhode Islanders, aware of widespread state corruption, are growing increasingly conservative fueled by talk show hosts who are merely spokesmen for the privileged who don't want any form of social justice.

    Despite greenness, MA opposed wind turbines on cape for "aesthetic" reasons. They snuck two turbines into Portsmouth, one into Warwick, and a nuclear power plant into Burrilleville before RI could organize any opposition. You cannot organize apathetic Rhode Islanders in any way.

    MA has revenue producing interstate highways. RI buy into the opinion (not fact) they can't do the same. MA has a much broader tax base. RI is bankrupt after decades of failed economic development by a privatized EDC, who are cronies of the former governor and siphon millions out of the treasury annually.

    Nothing you take away from a meeting with MA residents will be of any use in RI. Besides which, they don't have nearly as many inaccessibility issues RI'ers face, except in Boston vicinity, which resembles most of RI. About the only real issues in Fall River are crossing the Taunton River and paralleling Rt. 6 in general.

  • barry
    Feb 18, 2011 at 11:56 am

    One takeaway from this "summit" in MA is the regional summit idea, perhaps we need this for the Northwest Trail where the $12.5 million earmarked may be lost.

  • Feb 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    We plan to discuss the issue of the Northwest Trail at the meeting on Monday, hope you can join us.

  • MattM
    Feb 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I asked Alicia Lehrer of Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council if she had any comments on the Northwest trail development issues Barry posted about, but I haven't heard from her, nor seen a comment on the post from anyone at WRWC as to what their experience and knowledge of extension in johnston/smithfield.

    I'll try again to see if anyone over there has a comment (and perhaps can attend monday)