East Bay Bike Path
The East Bay Bike Path is the first multi-town bike path built in Rhode Island. The bikeway travels 14.5 miles from India Point Park in Providence to Independence Park in Bristol. The path connects neighborhoods, schools and business districts and is a popular route for cyclists who commute to work in Providence by bike. Note: The bikeway on the Washington Bridge is closed through Summer 2014.
The path also connects eight parks including India Point Park in Providence, Bold Point and Squantum Woods in East Providence, Haines and Veterans Memorial Park in Barrington, Burr’s Hill Park in Warren, and Colt State Park and Independence Park in Bristol.
The path follows the former Providence and Bristol Railroad and is mostly flat, with the exception of a large hill as the path switches from an alignment alongside Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence to the former rail right-of-way. Read more about the former rail corridor and the path's history here.
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The bikeway was constructed in four phases from 1987 to 1992:
- Phase 1 - Riverside Square to Barrington County Road (4.17 miles)
- Phase 2 - County Road, Barrington, to Franklin Street, Warren (2.38 miles)
- Phase 3 - Franklin Street, Warren, to Independence Park, Bristol (3.87 miles)
- Phase 4 - Riverside Square to India Point Park, Providence (3.98 miles)
Path Features & Riding Experience
Cycling the entire path takes approximately 1 1/4 hours. Heading from north to south from Providence:
- From India Point Park, access to the path on the Washington Bridge, off Gano Street and behind the Wyndham Garden hotel, is closed through Summer 2014 for rehabilitation. RIDOT is working to rehabilitate this structure and transform it into a linear park.
- The path resumes in East Providence along First Street before going off-road alongside Veterans Memorial Parkway. A split-rail fence and grassy area separate the bikeway from the edge of the road.
- Riders will find two parking lots which can be used to begin your ride if not coming from elsewhere in East Providence..
- After the second parking lot, the path turns sharply to the right and down a steep hill to the former rail right-of-way. This is one of the most scenic sections of the bikeway, with the path running along a causeway with the Providence River at right and small coves on the left. Strong head winds are possible along this segment of the path.
- After passing by Squantum Woods Park, riders pass through a long tunnel under Bullocks Point Avenue before reaching Riverside Square in East Providence. This is the first stop on the path for water, food and restrooms.
- The path then passes through a heavily wooded corridor of the bikeway and Haines State Park, which has picnic facilities and access to the water. Along the way the path crosses Crescent View Avenue. Turning right off the bikeway will lead to Crescent Park and a historic 1895 Looff carousel.
- Upon entering Barrington, riders will spot new interpretive signs erected along the path that identify historical features along and near the path.
- Approaching County Road, the path passes close to a commercial corridor with many opportunities for getting a bite to eat, including a large grocery store.
- Next riders will cross two wooden decked bridges over the Barrington and Palmer Rivers with great views of coves and salt water marshes. The bike path bridges feature sidewalks on both sides that are very popular with anglers. They also make a good spot to pull over to enjoy the view.
- The path enters the Town of Warren after the second bridge and in a short distance riders pass Market Street and Child Street. Nearby are many fine shops and restaurants along Main Street.
- Further south, the path heads toward Bristol and passes through less densely populated areas, with the occasional sweeping view of Narragansett Bay. One of the best ways to get a good look at the bay is to park your bike and follow a boardwalk to the right that was built by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. A trail leads to the left to the organization's environmental center.
- The path continues south with more great views of the bay and coastal marshes before crossing the access road for Colt State Park. The park has its own bike path network and sprawling fields great for picnics, kite-flying and other leisurely activities.
- The path ends with a segment right at the water's edge before ending at Independence Park.
Directions to Parking Lots:
- Veterans Memorial Parkway, East Providence ( 2 parking lots):
From I-95 North and South: Take Route 195 East to Exit 4 (Riverside), continue on Veterans Parkway to the first bike path parking area approximately 1/4 mile on your right. Another parking area is located 1/4 mile south on your right.
From 195 West: Take Exit 6 South Broadway. Take a left turn at the bottom of the exit onto South Broadway, and then continue straight on South Broadway for approximately 2 miles to Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn right onto the Parkway, bike path parking areas will be approximately 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile intervals on your left.
- Riverside Square, Riverside: Follow the directions above to Veterans Memorial Parkway. Follow to the intersection with Pawtucket Avenue. Continue straight on Pawtucket Avenue, which becomes Bullocks Point Avenue. The bike path parking lot is next to Dari Bee, located in Riverside Square.
- Haines Memorial State Park, Barrington: Follow directions above to Bullocks Point Avenue. Turn left onto Crescent View Avenue. Turn right onto Metropolitan Park Drive and follow into Haines Park. The parking area and access to bike path is located approximately 1 mile on the right.
- County Road, Barrington: From I-95 North and South: Take Route 195 East to Exit 7 (Route 114) and continue on Route 114 into Barrington. The parking lot is on the left, after Rumstick Road and just before the Barrington Bridge.
- Railroad Street, Warren: Follow the directions above to Route 114. After crossing over the Barrington and Warren Bridges, turn left onto Route 103 (Child Street). Turn right into the parking lot behind the Warren town offices. Parking is along the bikeway, but note signage for municipal parking during business hours.
- Franklin Street, Warren: Follow directions above to Route 114 into Warren. Turn left onto Franklin Street. Look for a large commuter parking lot on the left.
- Independence Park, Bristol: Follow directions above to Route 114. In Bristol, bear left onto Thames Street. Independence Park is on the right.
The path connects the following eight Rhode Island parks:
- India Point Park, Providence
- Bold Point Park, East Providence
- Squantum Woods State Park, East Providence
- Haines Memorial State Park, East Providence
- Veterans Memorial Park, Barrington
- Burr’s Hill Park, Warren
- Colt State Park, Bristol
This path is managed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Parks and Recreation. Any maintenance questions should be directed to 401-222-2632.