Author : All posts by bschiller

26

Jul

Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban Finally Passes!

Have you ever been annoyed, or even terrified, by someone yakking on the phone while driving coming at you and not paying attention?  If so, there may be progress as the RI Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, a bill to READ MORE

15

Jul

The answer to the title question is, not much. Widely known, the State House of Representatives did not act on the proposal to toll large trucks even though the Governor, her new RIDOT Director and their labor allies made impassioned pleas READ MORE

02

Mar

Road safety legislative update

The nominal deadline for introducing bills in the RI Gerrtal Assembly has passed and here are some observations; Bills to up penalties when a motorist not taking “due care” kills or injures a bicyclist, pedestrian, or other “vulnerable road user READ MORE

09

Oct

Tom Byrnes is a father of the East Bay bike path!

Judy Byrnes sent to RI Bike a large packet of info about how the East Bay Bike Path got built including newspaper clippings, various letters sent, and legislation filed.  The latter is a copy of H7676 filed in March 1980 READ MORE

15

Jun

Highway safety bill still in play
Highway safety bill still in play

Rumor has it Fri June 20 will be the last day of the RI General Assembly. RIBike has endorsed a bill, S2092A that will eventually ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving (with a few exceptions.)   With distracted READ MORE

06

Dec

Should RIPTA increase bike capacity??
Should RIPTA increase bike capacity??

The question of expanding capacity on Ripta’s bike racks came up at a recent meeting between a group from the Ripta Riders Alliance and RIPTA planners.  Currently just about all the regular full size 40 ft buses have bike racks READ MORE

13

Jun

Providence Viaduct Stakeholders meeting 6/20
Providence Viaduct Stakeholders meeting 6/20

The RI bike community should know that at 9am on Thurs June 20 RIDOT is calling a stakeholder meeting for their project to replace the I-95 Viaduct where it goes over the rr tracks and roads behind Providence Place mall. READ MORE

03

Mar

vulnerable road user bill hearing Tues March 5
vulnerable road user bill hearing Tues March 5

So on Tuesday, March 5 at the “rise” – which means when the session that starts at 4pm ends – the House Judiciary Committee has a hearing on a slew of bills that relate to highway safety.  This will be in the House Lounge READ MORE

01

Mar

highway safety bills at RI Assembly
highway safety bills at RI Assembly

Bicyclists, understandably concerned about highway safety,  should be  aware that about 30 bills related to that subject have been filed at the General Assembly.   One is a reintroduction of our “vulnerable road user” bill, H5777, sponsored again by Representative Teresa Tanzi of Narragansett.  That bill ups the READ MORE

21

Oct

Hearings!
Hearings!

Public hearings coming on RI Long-term Transportation Plan!! RI is updating its 20 year Transportation Plan now to be called Transportation 2035.  The state has to do this to be eligible for Federal assistance if it amends the current 4-year READ MORE