East Bay Bike Path
The East Bay Bike Path is the first multi-town bike path we built in Rhode Island. It travels 14.5 miles from India Point Park in Providence to Independence Park in Bristol, passing many state and local parks and recreation areas. Connecting neighborhoods, schools and business districts, the path is popular with commuting cyclists heading into Providence. Get Map »
The bikeway was constructed in four phases from 1987 to 1992.
- Phase 1: Completed 1987 - Riverside Square to Barrington County Road (4.17 miles)
- Phase 2: Completed 1989 - County Road, Barrington, to Franklin Street, Warren (2.38 miles)
- Phase 3: Completed 1990 - Franklin Street, Warren, to Independence Park, Bristol (3.87 miles)
- Phase 4: Completed 1992 - Riverside Square to India Point Park, Providence (3.98 miles)
Path Features & Riding Experience
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. Learn more about the path's history.
- From India Point Park, you begin your ride on the Washington Bridge, off Gano Street and behind the Wyndham Garden hotel. The bridge is accessible via a new switchback path that begins in the park and loops around the hotel. There also is a ramp system and staircase adjacent to the hotel parking lot. This part of the bike path
- The path enters East Providence along First Street before going off-road alongside Veterans Memorial Parkway. A split-rail fence and grassy area separate you from the roadway with a fairly steep incline.
- In a short distance, you'll pass two parking lots which are popular starting points for riding the path.
- After the second lot, get ready for a steep downhill toward the waterfront and 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 take you to Crescent Park and a historic 1895 Looff carousel. The city has recently added a bike lane to make is easier to reach the park.
- Upon entering Barrington, you'll pass a number of interpretive signs along the path that identify nearby historical features. A good excuse to take a break!
- Approaching County Road, you'll pass close to a commercial corridor with many opportunities for getting a bite to eat, including a large grocery store.
- Next up are two large wooden-decked bridges that cross over the Barrington and Palmer Rivers. They offer great views of coves and salt water marshes, and they are popular fishing spots.
- You'll enter Warren after the second bridge, and in a short distance cross over Market Street and Child Street. Nearby are many fine shops and restaurants along Main Street.
- Continuing south, the path takes you toward Bristol and passes through less densely populated areas, with the occasional sweeping view of Narragansett Bay. Take a break and stroll along a long boardwalk built by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, which leads to the water's edge. On the other side, a path leads up to the organization's environmental center.
- You'll soon cross the access road for Colt State Park, which has its own bike path network and sprawling fields that are great for picnics, kite-flying and other leisurely activities.
- Your ride ends at the water's edge again at Independence Park. Follow any of the side streets away from the water to explore historic Hope Street, home to the oldest Fourth of July Parade in the country.
Spot graffiti, trash, or other maintenance problems? Contact the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, Division of Parks and Recreation at (401) 667-6200.
Directions to public parking along the bike path.