Status of the Bike Paths



Hopefully everyone in our biking community is “riding” out the storm okay.  We’ve had a couple of inquiries about the status of the various bike paths around the state and I we should open up the question to the entire audience.  How are they?  Any remaining issues?

I spent while last night clearing out debris from the Southern part of the East Bay Bike Path.  Unless there is some section I managed to miss in my journey, I think it’s now completely passable.  How about the other bike paths?


  • Anj
    Aug 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

    The kid rode Kingston to Wakefield on Monday and did not report any obstructions when I asked her how her ride went. I take that to mean it was all clear, although she is kind of a dreamy teen who might not notice a big fat tree on the path. 🙂

  • George Dys
    Aug 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    All of my commuting is done on roads. no bike paths rides. Wish I could help.

  • Labann
    Aug 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Amanda Blevins of the WRWC says that the Northwest Trail has been swept and is totally useable.

  • Aug 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    The Blackstone River Bikeway is clear. The trails in Lincoln Woods however are a ways from being 100% clear (speaking about the singletrack – not the paved loop in the park).

  • Sep 1, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Oh my god! The path is covered in snow? That storm was worse than I thought. 😉

    • Sep 1, 2011 at 4:48 am

      You use the artwork you have available 😉

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  • Labann
    Sep 1, 2011 at 9:05 am

    The WSBP (aka West Bay Bike Path) is useable from Parkade to West Natick Rd. (I-295 underpass). Suspect most of it is useable beyond, given number of riders pasing from opposite direction. There is one uprooted tree hanging branches just south of intersection with Park Avenue, Cranston, but you can easily go around. Otherwise, Cranston DPW and Recreation did a fantastic job to reopen path after significant tree damage, which knocked down many of the rail fences. You can see where heavy equipment was brought in to restore it to "normal".

    Took this opportunity to highlight in hot pink all the addressable pavement issues along that segment. You might want to pass that along to Cranston. I'd say 95% of them require just a little tar to seal against water damage and Winter frost heave. Some are a little more hazardous, like the sink hole along edge next to Burnham Overpass.

    Be advised that Burnham Avenue is closed due to construction, and West Natick Rd Westbound is closed due to fallen trees.

  • Jesse Hansen
    Sep 2, 2011 at 2:28 am

    The new segment of the South County (O'Neil) Bike Path is clear from Narragansett to Wakefield.

  • Martha Yates
    Sep 2, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Washington Secondary Bike path is clear from end to end (Coventry to Cranston). All the towns did a terrific job clearing their sections. There were loads of big trees down, but they obviously got heavy equipment in there and cut and cleared the path. There are power lines that run along a lot of the bike path, so that might make it higher on the priority list than expected. Enjoy!!

  • Labann
    Oct 15, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Here's some good news. Not only is the NW Bikeway open again, they've finally removed that horrible "speed bump" across the Lyman St end of it. No more panic stop when approaching.

    Cranston has done nothing at all to repair the root cracks I painted in hot pink after Hurricane Irene, but at least you can mostly steer around the worst ones this way.

  • msmoritz
    Oct 17, 2011 at 5:18 am

    It is indeed welcome to have seen that speed bump/water diverter had been removed back in July.

    But what do you mean by NW trail is open, when was it closed? Is the Narragansett Bay Commission 16-month sewer work and closure from Groden Center to Olneyville been cancelled?

    Given the pace that it took for EBBP roots and cracks to be addressed, we'll be lucky to see the root pops on Washington Secondary repaired in the next 2 years.

  • labann
    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

    You got that right, Matt. It was my understanding NW Trail was closed temporarily this Sept. Whether it'll be closed for sewer work subsequently remains to be seen.