Greenways Alliance of Rhode Island - Rhode Island's Primary Bike Paths
Rhode Island's Primary Bike Paths
* = denotes part of the East Coast Greenway
Blackstone River Bikeway*
The Blackstone River Bikeway some day will be about 20 miles long, stretching from the Massachusetts border to Providence. This is being built in stages, with 11 miles of path open now. Other segments are in the design phase. Additionally, about 1.5 miles of Blackstone Boulevard were re-striped to include bicycle lanes.
East Bay Bike Path*
The East Bay Bike Path is considered a designated alternate trail to the East Coast Greenway. It is the first major bike path built in Rhode Island and remains the most popular. Eventually this path could provide connections to paths leading to Boston and Cape Cod. The only section planned for the area that is not complete is a 2-mile stretch in Warren leading to the Mass. border. The 14.5-mile path runs from India Point Park in Providence and passes through four communities - East Providence, Barrington, Warren and Bristol. A great boardwalk that bisects the path in Bristol was built in the past couple of years by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and is not to be missed. Note: Recent construction in the India Point Park area has resulted in new roads and a wide bridge over I-195, allowing easy access to the East Side. The path over the Washington Bridge is subject to closure pending a proposed construction project to rennovate the remains of the old Washington Bridge into a linear park and bikway.
South County Bike Path
The South County Bike Path, formally called the William C. O'Neil Bike Path, is like many bike paths in Rhode Island that make use of an inactive rail line. The original vision was to have a path run the entire length of the rail line, which was a spur from the main line at Kingston village to the Narragansett Pier area. Right now there is 5.5 miles of bikeway open, with plans for another mile into Narragansett. From there cyclists need to make use of on-road routes to reach the shoreline as development has encroached on the old rail corridor. Additionally, paths that would connect to the University of Rhode Island are being studied by the DOT.
Ten Mile River Greenway
This short, yet highly scenic path, connects Pawtucket and East Providence. The path is different than other bike paths in that it does not follow a former rail line. This left designers free to develop a path that rises and falls with the landscape. The result is an exhillarating ride through some very scenic forested areas. Another 1-mile section to the north is being designed by DOT. One thought is that the path could someday extend to the East Providence waterfront and connect to the East Bay Bike Path.
Washington Secondary Bike Path*
There are five distinct paths in this area, all that travel along the former Washington Secondary rail line. The first of these built was the Cranston Bike Path, a 5.5-mile path from the Brewery Parkade, near the Providence line, to West Natick Road on the Warwick line. In 2002, workers paved a 1.5-mile segment in Warwick and a 3-mile segment in West Warwick and a short distance into Coventry. This makes a 10-mile continuous path from the Coventry border to Providence. Work is planned for 2009 to connect 1.6 miles of existing gravel (mountain bikes and fatter tire hybrids only) to an existing 3-mile section called the Coventry Greenway, open since the late 1990s. Construction is proposed on two phases of the Trestle Trail, picking up where the Coventry Greenway ends in Central Coventry. Completion of the Coventry paving will make for a 15-mile path and completion of all work will result in a 25-mile path, which would be the state's longest.
Woonasquatucket River Greenway/Northwest Bike Trail
The Woonasquatucket River Greenway is a 5.4-mile network of bike routes and off-road paths from Providence Place Mall to Lyman Avenue in Johnston. It could eventually connect to the northwestern part of Rhode Island, but current plans for extending the path only to the Smithfield line. Off-road segment of about 3.5 miles (including all spurs) begins at Aleppo Street in Providence. Note: This path is located in a urban area, and the same precautions one might exercise walking or cycling in an urban neighborhood should be followed when using this path.
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