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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.

Washington Bridge Bikeway & Linear Park

Rendering of the new Washington Bridge linear park
This rendering shows how the new Washington Bridge Linear Park will look when completed in 2014. Click on the map to enlarge.

RIDOT is beginning a project to transform the old bikeway across the Washington Bridge between Providence and East Providence into a first-class bikeway and linear park. Due to construction, RIDOT must close the existing bikeway on Monday, July 9, 2012.

The bridge, which carries a portion of the East Bay Bike Path, will be closed for approximately two years.

Recreational bike riders heading south on the East Bay Bike Path are encouraged to start their rides at one of the path's many parking areas.

Like the reconstruction of the India Point Park Pedestrian Bridge as part of the Iway project in 2008, this project will replace a sub-standard bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.

Through a $21.2 million contract, RIDOT will rebuild the remaining section of the original Washington Bridge that carries the existing, narrow bikeway and a section of the original highway bridge. In the same footprint will be a much wider bikeway and linear park. It will feature a separate bikeway and walking path, scenic overlooks, park benches, flag poles, decorative lighting and landscaped planters.

The project also calls for restoration of the historic, multi-arch granite façade of the Washington Bridge and two operator’s houses from which an original drawbridge was controlled at this location.

When opened, the new linear park will be named the George Redman Linear Park after the late East Providence resident who was instrumental in making the East Bay Bike Path a reality 25 years ago, and who advocated for bike path development across the state.

Alternate routes for cycling commuters

RIPTA bike rack
A cyclist loads his bike on one of RIPTA's bike racks.

During the closure, experienced cyclists who often commute to work by bike may use the Henderson Bridge to cross the Seekonk River. 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 in 2012.

Cyclists also may make use of RIPTA’s Rack ‘n Ride service, which is available on all regular buses. For no additional charge beyond the normal fare, cyclists can load their bikes on racks mounted on the front of all RIPTA buses. RIPTA’s 33, 34 and 60 bus routes utilize I-195 and the Washington Bridge while Buses 32, 35 and 78 provide service over the Henderson Bridge.