Celebrate Bike to Work Day at two events on Friday, May 17. The Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition is hosting an event at Burnside Park from 7-10 a.m. and Bike Newport has events planned throughout the day in Washington Square.
Rhode Island has become a leader in providing bike paths, bike lanes and bike routes to its residents and visitors. Today there are more than 50 miles of paved bike paths in Rhode Island and more than 40 miles of paths under design.
Additionally, RIDOT has identified more than 120 miles of roadway as bike routes that are most suitable for cycling.
Some of Rhode Island’s longer bike paths – the Blackstone River Bikeway, the Washington Secondary and East Bay Bike Path – are part of an ambitious effort from the Rhode Island-based East Coast Greenway Alliance to create a contiguous bike path from Maine to Florida. Among the 15 states the East Coast Greenway would pass through, Rhode Island is a leader in getting its segments of bikeway built.
New bike maps are in!
The 2011-12 edition of the Guide to Cycling in the Ocean State is now available. You can get yours by downloading a copy here or by requesting a printed map. Copies can be ordered by calling RIDOT's Customer Service office at (401) 222-2450 or by clicking here to complete an online request form.
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(updated March 2013)
(updated March 2013)
In the past 20 years, RIDOT has built an impressive network of bike paths, offering more than 50 miles of off-road cycling in all regions of the state. Some segments carry the route of the East Coast Greenway, a proposed 3,000-mile bike path from Maine to Florida. Rhode Island is a leader among East Coast states in getting its segments of the East Coast Greenway built.
Click on the links below to learn more about each path and to download individual bike maps and parking information:
* = Local segments include the Coventry Greenway, the West Warwick Greenway, the Warwick Bike Path and the Cranston Bike Path.
RIDOT has constructed more than 50 miles of off-road bike paths throughout Rhode Island. Typically the Department has one or more bike path projects under construction each year and is constantly doing study and design work on new potential bike paths and bike path extensions. At right, cyclists enjoy the opening of a new segment of the William C. O'Neill (South County) Bike Path on July 27, 2011. See more! View a slideshow of images from the dedication.
Cyclists and pedestrians are asked not to use a bike path that is under construction as safety hazards may exist.
A segment of the East Bay Bike Path that passes over the Washington Bridge between Providence and East Providence was closed in July 2012 for construction needed to rebuild the structure and reopen it as a linear park for cyclists and pedestrians. It will remain closed for two years.
RIDOT, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen have partnered to establish a signed detour route from the East Bay Bike Path where it meets Warren Avenue to the Henderson Bridge. The detour makes use of the new extension of Waterfont Drive in East Providence, which was still under construction when the bikeway on the Washington Bridge was closed.
A segment of the Blackstone River Bikeway may be closed periodically in 2012 due to overhead bridge work on the Blackstone Viaduct, which carries I-295 over the Blackstone River and the bikeway.
The closures are necessary for the safety of path users during a rehabilitation project for the Interstate bridge.
A segment of the Coventry Greenway is scheduled to close on August 20, 2012 and will remain closed through 2013 for reconstruction of the existing bikeway from Station Street to the area of Town Farm Road. Many improvements will be made including a new riding surface and the inclusion of a parallel equestrian trail beginning at the Coventry Greenway parking lot just west of the intersection of Route 117 (Flat River Road) and Abbotts Crossing Road.
Additionally, RIDOT will be building a shade platform adjacent to the path in the village of Anthony, near the intersection of Pilgrim Avenue and Laurel Avenue. The Department also will be building a canoe/kayak launch upstream of the Laurel Avenue Bridge, also in the Anthony section of Coventry. Additionally, drainage repairs near Whitford Street and the West Warwick town line are included in the project.
Sections of the path may reopen sooner. Information will be posted here as it becomes available.
A portion of the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Bikeway in Providence is closed through Spring 2013 for a Narragansett Bay Commission sewer project. A signed detour has been established that follows Sheridan Street to Manton Avenue to an access road just west of Riverdale Street that will bring riders back to the path. Click here for the detour map or here for more information.
The replacement of the Pawtucket River Bridge will impact many city streets, including those commonly used by cyclists. Effective February 14, 2011, a portion of Taft Street and Pleasant Street under the I-95 overpass has been closed with detours established for each street.
The Iway project is moving into its final phases, which means the old I-195 will be torn down and city streets rebuilt. RIDOT is working with the City of Providence on proposals for city street restoration, which include strong bicycle and pedestrian components.
RIDOT and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council are working collaboratively to create an on-road signed bike route to connect the Blackstone River Bikeway to the East Bay Bike Path. This route is suitable for experienced cyclists and shares the roadway with vehicles.
RIDOT is working with the R.I. Department of Environmental Management to make several improvements to the bike path network at Colt State Park in Bristol.
The plans call for new bikeway segments to better connect with Route 114 (Hope Street) and the East Bay Bike Path. Some existing path segments will be resurfaced and period lighting will be installed along Asylum Road.
Click on the map at right to download a PDF file showing the proposed improvements.
Blackstone Bikeway Segment 3 video - Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket (near the Visitor's Center) to Heritage Park, Cumberland.
Renderings of the bike/pedestrian pathway that will be part of the new Sakonnet River Bridge.
Safe Routes to School is a RIDOT funded program designed to reach out to communities to develop programs and projects to promote walking to school. As a result of various state and local pilot programs over the last few years, federal legislation establishing Safe Routes to School programs in every state was passed. Eligible activities include:
Infrastructure projects that will substantially improve the ability of students to walk and bicycle to school. Examples include crosswalks, sidewalks and repairs, traffic calming, etc
Non-infrastructure related programs and activities to encourage walking and bicycling to school. Examples include: Traffic enforcement, "Walking School Buses", walking clubs, bike rodeos, etc.
Please visit Statewide Planning’s Safe Routes to School website for more information.
Click here to send questions or comments to Rhode Island's Bike Coordinator.
Last updated May 17, 2013