Providence Park(ing) Day Noontime Bike Ride!



Providence Park(ing) Day Noontime Bike Ride!

This Friday marks a very special event in our state capital – Park(ing) Day is an annual global event where artists, designers, activists, and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Transport PVD have helped to organize the inaugural Park(ing) Day in Providence, where 35 “parklets” will occupy parking spaces outside businesses throughout the city.

From the Downtown Providence Blog:

“On Friday, September 20th, you’ll get a chance to linger within temporary 170-square foot on-street enclaves. As part of PARK(ing) Day, an annual world-wide event that raises awareness about the need for pedestrian-friendly spaces within urban environments, 35 parking spots will be redesigned as small public parks. The rule for the day is: if you can park a car in it, you can have a park in it.”

We at Bike Newport are thrilled to be participating in the festivities by leading a mini-bike tour of the parklets in Providence’s West Side and Downcity neighborhoods. We will leave from Saint John’s Park at Atwells & Vinton Streets at 12 PM. The route will be relatively slow, and will take about one hour to complete. As always, helmets are required to be a part of the ride.

Here’s a map of the route:

Hope to see you there!

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Providence Park(ing) Day Noontime Bike Ride!


  • Sep 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I am a staunch supporter of bicyclists right to the roadway and the need for safer rides. I also bike to work when I can and use my bike over my car most times. In saying that I do not mean to ruffle feathers but I must say the requisite of "helmets must be worn to join the ride" offends my sense of personal freedom for adults. I choose when to wear and if to wear a helmet and I do believe it is still up to the individual whether to done head wear on city streets. Your proposed ride is on the streets of the city of Providence and therefore helmets are not required to ride. You may choose to deny unadorned riders sanction of your group..but not access to the streets and riding. There I got that off my chest!

    • Bill Lewis
      Sep 19, 2013 at 12:33 am

      Thank you Starla for pointing out that there is no law requiring helmets for anyone over the age of 16 years old and it is a state law. What are they going to do give me a stern look as I ride up the street? This type of action causes people who might ride a bike to think it is too dangerous and they don't. I find it offensive to my sensibilities and experience on a bicycle.

  • jack madden
    Sep 28, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I agree wholeheatedly that helmets should not be required for adults by law. I think its a great idea; and most of the time when I get on a bike, I am wearing one.
    That being said, its pretty common for a group ride to require a helmet. Often, people who put on rides like this are assuming a certain amount of responsibility for your safety. In this case, no one is telling you that you have to wear a helmet. It is simply that to join this ride the organizer would like you to wear one. Its one less thing they have to worry about.

    • Mark Dieterich
      Sep 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

      This reminds me… I was actually going to look this up in our insurance policy. It turns out that to register an event and have it ensured, one of the questions is specifically "will you require helmets" at the event. I'm not sure whether this affects the cost of the insurance, whether they believe it changes your chances of defense in court, or whether they are just gathering statistics. It's interesting that they ask the question though.

      In general I agree, helmets should be up the rider. However, I also believe that a person putting on the ride has the right to require them. If you don't want to wear a helmet, don't go on the ride. Easy enough.