Public Hearing on Canonchet Farm



Public Hearing on Canonchet Farm

South County Bike Path - Source: For those who value the South County Bike Path, there is an important public hearing coming up, on January 18th @ 8pm, to discuss the possible use of Canonchet Farm.  This land could play an integral role in one of the final sections of the bike path.

The Town Council is having a public hearing on Canonchet Farm on January 18, at 8:00 PM in the Council Chambers in the Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett.  This is the first (and may be the last) public hearing on the topic of a new master plan for Canonchet Farm, and it is very important that people attend to show their interest and comment on features of the plan.  There has been some insider trading between one Town Councilor, the Town Planner, and the Chairman of the Planning Board in developing the recommendations of the Planning Board.

If you are able to attend this meeting, we appreciate you let us know, so we can follow up on the meeting and let the entire bike community know what happened.


  • Critical Mass RI - V
    Jan 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    All this talk about bike paths, and not bike lanes.

    Biking isn't just recreation anymore.

  • Jan 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Do you know about an update on a bike lane project in the state? If so, let us know and we will post an update.

  • Labann
    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Agree with Victor, but in the case of South County in area of Narragansett town line, you do need a dedicated facility. The road net is particularly motor specific around Salt Pond Plaza. Rt-1 is not friendly either. A bikeway cutting directly across would help riders avoid roundabouts and tough intersections. And there's a school in there, so safe routes to schools.

  • Labann
    Mar 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    These plans still don't answer the question of how to get from intersection of RI 108 and MacArthur Blvd to Narragansett Elementary safely, not that personally I go this way anyway. I'd vote the on-street, shortest route (#3) and save money in the short term. The South Country Bike Trail should terminate at the Pier. A dedicated bikeway might be a future goal, but it should hook up with Star Dr to bypass beach traffic. Ultimately, a string of short segments could connect roads alongside Narrow River to Gilbert Stuart Rd, thus increasing conservation awareness of this nature preserve.

  • Jesse Hansen
    Mar 27, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Labann, the South County Bike Path will soon connect from intersection of RI 108 and MacArthur Blvd to Narragansett Elementary via the railroad right of way (and a little stint on MacArthur). This work is part the bike path expansion started last summer and scheduled to be completed by June 2011. The link below is a GPS trace of the route I made over the winter:

    The expanded S.C. Bike Path will dump users out at the intersection of Mumford Rd and Riverside Dr, next to Narragansett Elementary. It is from this point that the town of Narragansett needs to decide how to complete the route. The meeting on Monday, 3/28 will be final public discussion regarding a possible route through the town-owned Canonchet property.

  • Labann
    Mar 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Well, now, good news. Had advocated exactly that about 6 years ago. Beats climbing hills and dodging cars in rotaries. Could, then, from Mumford see some kind of bridge over stream (just a culvert) and direct route to Othmar St or Wanda St delivering cyclists safely to the Pier without using US-1. As far as Canochet farm, a fork route along Strathmore Rd to Museum would also avoid busiest part of US-1A. Northwards from Museum, some dedicated path to Starr Dr would get them at least as far as 1A bridge over the Narrows. Could see extending Bridge Point Dr to Middlebridge Rd forming a central cycling artery Northward for North Kingstown to address, along likelihood of that is slim.

    Residents along streets really have no say if town posts some BIKE ROUTE signs. But that's seldom how it works, since pols don't want to anger constituents. RI Cyclists are also a small/vocal minority, but, even though collectively 35,000, they aren't as powerful locally as a handful of townies.