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Woonsocket: Ride to Support Bike Lanes


Woonsocket, Providence's gorgeous but underrated smaller brother to the north, will be taking major action for bicycling access soon. You can be part of a historic bike ride to bring Rhode Island into the 21st Century.

Riverzedge will be sponsoring a bike ride through Blackstone, MA and Woonsocket advocating for bike lanes.  Woonsocket is already home to a beautiful part of the East Coast Greenway, which will eventually connect completely off-road from Worcester, MA to Newport via Providence.  Woonsocket city government has promised bike lanes within the city itself for five years, but has not followed up on the promise.  The Riverzedge bike ride will trace the route expected bike lanes would follow, if they were to be implemented.  Riders will be encouraged to stay single-file in the part of the road that would be for bike access, in order to demonstrate how smoothly such a system could work.

Put this ride on your calendar!  July 20, 2013!  Bring the whole family!


Update:  This article has been modified in order to clarify its meaning.


  1. Just to clarify, is this ride on unmarked, regular roads to support the installation of bike lanes, or will bike lanes have been painted by then? The flyer and the post seem kind of contradictory. Regardless, I look forward to the event and hope there is a big showing. I feel that of all places, increased ease of bike travel really could be a tool for change in this city.

  2. My understanding of it, as it was explained to me by Riverzedge, is that there are no bike lanes, but that there are (rather old, inactive) plans for bike lanes. The bike ride will happen on the parts of the road that would be bike lanes, should the plan actually be carried through.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  3. I see what you mean about the wording of that being awkward. I'll correct that in the text of the article tomorrow.

  4. Oddly enough, between yesterday and today bike lane road markings have appeared on Davidson street and Hamlet ave! They could go further, my ride ends about halfway down Hamlet ave. I would point out though that it is not a "bike lane", that is to say a lined off lane where bikes are intended to be between traffic and the parking area, but rather a bunch of seemingly randomly placed bikes and arrows painted on the road. It seems to be more of just an "awareness" thing, which is still loads better than before. In some spots they are more to the side, and in others dead bang in the middle of the street. As such, you would still need to have some confidence riding with traffic, taking the lane to get around parked cars, etc.

  5. Send some pictures of them.

    Yeah, I feel as though sharrows can be fine if they're on calm streets that are 20 mph or less, but the problem seems to be that they're put down without any thought to traffic calming. Copenhagen is doing a shared street where bikes have most of the space on the road, but trucks are allowed in for deliveries, but there it's clearly understood that trucks have to proceed at the pace of bikes.

    Providence is planning on putting sharrows on Waterman and Angell Streets, and I can't think of a sillier exercise, because it's not going to address the other problems.