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Bike Path Closures

Construction has closed a section of the Coventry Greenway.

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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.

Rhode Island General Law on Bicycle Lanes

§ 31-1-23 Types of roads – (a) "Bicycle lane" means a portion of highway right-of-way designated by the state and identified by official traffic control devices (pavement markings) for the exclusive use of bicyclists. The operation and parking of motor vehicles is prohibited within the lane identified for exclusive use by bicyclists, except when making a turn, entering or leaving the roadway or a parking lane, or when required in the course of official duty.

(b) "Bicycle route" means a shared right-of-way along a highway, designated by the state and identified by official traffic control devices (signs) for use by bicyclists.

(c) "Bicycle trail or path" means a bikeway physically separated from motorized vehicular traffic by an open space or barrier and either within the highway right-of-way or within an independent right-of-way. Bicycle trails or paths may also be used by pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, joggers and other nonmotorized users.

(d) "Laned roadway" means a roadway which is divided into two (2) or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic.

(e) "Limited access highway" means every highway, street, or roadway to or from which owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons have no legal right of access except at those points and in that manner determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over it.

(f) "Local highway" means every street or highway other than a state highway, private road, or driveway.

(g) "Private road or driveway" means every way or place in private ownership that is used for vehicular travel only by the owner and by those others having express or implied permission from the owner.

(h) "Roadway" means that portion of a highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, excluding the sidewalk, berm, or shoulder even when used by persons riding bicycles. In the event a highway includes two (2) or more separate roadways, "roadway" refers to the roadway separately and not the roadways collectively.

(i) "Sidewalk" means that portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines intended for the use of pedestrians.

(j) "State highway" means every street or highway constructed and/or maintained by the director of public works and the division of roads and bridges.

(k) "Street or highway" means the entire width between boundary lines of every way when any part of it is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular traffic.

(l) "Through highway" means every highway or portion of a highway having entrances from intersecting highways at which vehicular traffic is required by law to stop before entering or crossing, and where stop signs are erected under the provisions of chapters 1 – 27 of this title.

§ 31-15-17 Crossing bicycle lane – (a) A person may not operate a motor vehicle upon a bicycle lane except when making a turn, entering or leaving the roadway or a parking lane, or when required in the course of official duty. An implement of husbandry may momentarily cross into a bicycle lane to permit other vehicles to overtake and pass the implement of husbandry.

(b) Violations of this section are subject of fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4.

§ 31-17-9 Yielding to riders on bicycle lane– (a) The driver of a vehicle about to cross or to turn left or right across a bicycle lane shall yield the right-of-way to any person operating a bicycle or motorized wheelchair upon the bicycle lane.

(b) Any driver of a vehicle convicted of violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to the fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4.

§ 31-18-20 Wheelchairs – Rights and duties – (a) Every person operating a wheelchair upon a sidewalk or roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to a pedestrian.

(b) Every person riding a motorized wheelchair on a bicycle lane, trail or path shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a bicycle operating on a bicycle lane trail or path except: (1) when those rights or duties, by their very nature, can have no application; or (2) as otherwise specifically provided under chapters 1 – 27 of this title.

§ 31-21-4 Places where parking or stopping prohibited – (a) No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places:

(1) On a sidewalk;

(2) In front of a public or private driveway;

(3) Within an intersection;

(4) Within eight feet (8') of a fire hydrant;

(5) On a crosswalk;

(6) Within twenty feet (20') of a crosswalk at an intersection;

(7) Within thirty feet (30') upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway;

(8) Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb, or within thirty feet (30') of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the traffic authority indicates a different length by signs or markings;

(9) Within fifty feet (50') of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;

(10) Within twenty feet (20') of the driveway entrance to any fire station, and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five feet (75') of the entrance (when properly sign-posted);

(11) Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing, or parking would obstruct traffic;

(12) On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;

(13) Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;

(14) At any place where official signs prohibit stopping;

(15) At any curb cut or ramp for persons with disabilities; or

(16) On any bicycle lane, trail or path.

(17) Upon any crosshatched access aisle adjacent to disability parking spaces.

(b) The following vehicles are exempt from the prohibitions contained in subsection (a):

(1) School buses or worker transport buses that are loading or unloading children or workers, provided that the school bus or worker transport bus operates its flashing bus safety lights;

(2) Subject to the provisions of § 31-21-6, vehicles that are momentarily stopped, standing, or parked to admit or discharge passengers;

(3) Vehicles that are momentarily stopped, standing, or parked for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading property;

(4) Vehicles that are owned or operated by the state or a city or town when the vehicle must stop, stand, or park to perform maintenance or repair work on an area where stopping, standing or parking is prohibited under the provisions of subsection (a);

(5) Vehicles that are disabled in such a manner and to such extent that the vehicle operator cannot avoid stopping or temporarily leaving the disabled vehicle in an area where stopping, standing or parking is prohibited under the provisions of subsection (a);

(6) Vehicles that are momentarily stopped to allow oncoming traffic to pass before making a right or left-hand turn, or in preparation for or while negotiating an exit from the road.

(c) Violations of this section are subject to fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4.

§ 31-21-14 Opening vehicle doors – No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, available to moving traffic, unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic, including pedestrians and bicycles on sidewalks, shoulders, or bicycle lanes. No person shall leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic, including pedestrians and bicycles on sidewalks, shoulders or bicycle lanes, for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be fined as provided in § 31-41.1-4.

§ 31-27-19 Operating a motor vehicle on a bicycle lane, trail or path – (a) Except as provided in § 31-15-17, no person shall operate any motor vehicle on a bicycle lane, trail or path, as defined in § 31-1-23(a).

(b) Any person who operates a motor vehicle upon any bicycle lane, trail or path shall be punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars ($100).

(c) The division of motor vehicles, upon receiving a record of the conviction of any person upon a charge of operating a motor vehicle on a bicycle lane, trail or path, shall suspend the person's operator's license for a period of six (6) months.

(d) Emergency vehicle and employees of federal, state, and local government shall be exempt from the provisions when acting in the scope of their official duties.