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Bike Path Closures

Construction has closed a section of the Coventry Greenway.

Construction

Parking limited at Kingston Station

Parking at Kingston Station, a popular starting point for riders on the William C. O'Neill (South County) Bike Path, is limited due to ongoing construction work. Path users may wish to choose an alternative parking lot, especially on weekdays when the train station is busiest. Click here for path information.

Washington Bridge Bikeway Under Construction

Washington Bridge Linear Park rendering

RIDOT is working to turn the old Washington Bridge into a premiere bikeway and linear park. In order to accomplish this, the section of the East Bay Bike Path on this bridge has been closed and will remain closed for about two years. Click here for more information.

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Rhode Island Bike Laws

Safe Night Biking

Logo: Bike Newport

Bike Newport has launched a "Night Bright" initiative for safer cycling at night. The goal is to work with businesses to distribute night safety kits to employees, and is planning numerous events to support this effort.

Share the Road

RIDOT encourages motorists to learn more about sharing the road with cyclists. Download this great brochure.

Bike & Ride

Bring your bike on public transit to make it easier to ride to work, school or just to extend your ride and visit new places. Bike racks are on all RIPTA buses and bikes are allowed on MBTA commuter rail trains during off-peak hours. No biking allowed on the Jamestown Verrazzano and Newport Pell bridges. Use RIPTA Bus #64.

Bike Safely - Protect your bike and yourself

Wearing a bike helmet: Printable instructions for boys and girls from the Rhode Island Department of Health's Injury Prevention program.

Bike Rhode Island

Bike Rhode Island

Ten Mile River Greenway 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 60 miles of paved bike paths in Rhode Island and more than 25 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.

State Bike Map

Cover of 2011 RIDOT Bike Map 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.

The files below are saved as Adobe Acrobat files. Click here for the free reader if you don't have it installed on your computer.


Other Maps

  • Request a Rhode Island road map from Visit Rhode Island or download here in either an 8.5 x 11 size for easy printing or full size.
  • Explore the links below for maps specific to each bike path.

  • Rhode Island's Bike Paths

    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.


    Bike to Work


    Tips for Riding to Work
    • Ride at an easy pace to begin.
    • Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to work.
    • Make sure that your bike is reliable and in good working order before you ride.
    • Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you drive.
    • If it rains while at work, consider taking a bus or carpool to get home and ride home another day.
    • Obey traffic signs, ride on the right, signal turns, and stop at lights.
    • Wear bright clothing.
    • Wear a helmet every time you ride.
    • Consider adding a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity.
    • Make sure that you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building.

  • 2010 Census Data showing modes of transportation, including bicycle
  • Bike Commuter Tax Provision

    Benefits of Biking to Work
    • Improved Health & Fitness: With just three hours of riding each week, the risk of heart disease and stroke is cut in half.
    • Time: Biking to work can eliminate the hassle of trying to figure out how to fit in a trip to the gym for a work out. You'll already get your exercise for the day in riding to work, freeing up your schedule for other activities.
    • Cost: The average cost of maintaining a vehicle is about $3,000 per year as opposed to about $50 to $100 a year on a bike. The savings really mount up if you normally pay to park during work.
    • Clean Air: Motorized vehicles are a major source of air pollution. Riding a bike helps improve the environment.

    BikeRI Construction Notes


      Picture of cyclist on the South County Bike Path

      Overview

      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.

      Visit the bike paths open, under construction, or in design and planning web page.

       


      Washington Bridge Bikeway/East Bay Bike Path

      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.


      View Washington Bridge Bikeway Closure in a larger map

      Detail of Wash Bridge detour

      The new temporary detour for access to the East Side during the Washington Bridge Closure




      Coventry Greenway

      A segment of the Coventry Greenway closed in August 2012 and will remain closed through Spring 2014 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.

      Coventry Greenway closure area

      Trestle Trail - Coventry

      In Summer 2013, RIDOT began work on a 4.8-mile extension of the Washington Secondary Bike Path in western Coventry, known locally as the Trestle Trail. This former rail line will connect to existing bikeway segments in Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick and Cranston, and stretch 20 miles in each direction when done in late 2014.

      The $7.8 million project involves rehabilitation of four bridges, and will include an equestrian path, three new parking lots (including provisions for horse trailers), and a canoe portage.

      Coventry Greenway closure area



      Map of proposed improvements at Colt State Park in Bristol

      Colt State Park Bike Path Enhancements

      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.




       

      Planning for Future Improvements

      Studies completed for future bike path projects

      Renderings of the bike/pedestrian pathway that will be part of the new Sakonnet River Bridge.

    Safe Routes to School

    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.

    Sharing the road - bicycling safely

    Share the Road brochure developed by the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen and the Greenways Alliance of Rhode Island

    Bicycling Street Smarts: Riding Confidently, Legally and Safely

    League of American Bicyclists: Rules of the Road

    Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition

     

    Bike RI News

    2013

  • May 28, 2013 - Temporary Closure of Blackstone River Bikeway Near Boardwalk Thursday and Friday

    2012

  • July 5, 2012 - RIDOT to begin Washington Bridge linear park project

    2011

  • October 24, 2011 - Utility work to close East Bay Bike Path in East Providence
  • September 22, 2011 - RIDOT publishes new statewide bike map
  • August 29, 2011 - RIDOT to perform crack sealing on the East Bay Bike Path
  • July 29, 2011 - Governor Chafee, RIDOT, RIDEM to Welcome Nearly 800 Youngsters to Bike Safety Day
  • July 27, 2011 - Governor Chafee, RIDOT Open Next Segment of the William C. O'Neill Bike Path
  • July 25, 2011 - Governor Chafee, RIDOT to Open Next Segment of The William C. O'Neill Bike Path

    2010

  • October 14, 2010 – RIDOT Opens Next Segment of the Coventry Greenway
  • July 29, 2010 - William C. O'Neill Bike Path Starting Next Phase
  • June 10, 2010 - RIDOT, Town of Warren Open Warren Bike Path: New 1-Mile Path Connects Schools, Neighborhoods

    2009

  • July 31, 2009 - Segment of Coventry Greenway closed during construction
  • June 8, 2009 - RIDOT begins maintenance project for East Bay Bike Path
  • May 14, 2009 - "Team RIDOT" to Bike to Work Friday, May 15, 2009
  • May 11, 2009 - RIDOT joins forces with Narragansett Bay Wheelmen to update State bike map
  • May 4, 2009 - RIDOT opens next segment of Blackstone River Bikeway
  • April 30, 2009 - Washington Bridge bike path reopens to cyclists

    2008

  • October 15, 2008 - RIDOT opens India Point Park Pedestrian Bridge, new bridge is six times wider than the original bridge
  • May 15, 2008 - RIDOT to Join Bike To Work Day
  • April 28, 2008 - RIDOT opens new Blackstone River Bikeway segment


  • MailboxClick here to send questions or comments to Rhode Island's Bike Coordinator.

    Last updated February 21, 2014