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The Future of Getting Around

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

David Byrne, author of "Bicycle Diaries"

Providence was recently  host to a lecture honoring the late Senator Claiborne Pell that focused on “Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around”. The symposium explored how bicycling can transform the urban experience, and featured several panelists, most notably David Byrne of the Talking Heads. While Byrne–who has recently been on tour promoting his new book Bicyle Diaries–was certainly the most prominent speaker of the night, it was Rhode Island’s own Barry Schiller who gave the most inspiring speeches regarding the future of bicycling in the state. He summed it up quite simply, giving us the top 10 ways we can help bicycling in Rhode Island. His suggestions are as follows:

Top Ten Ways to Help Bicycling in Rhode Island

10. Help combat dangerous driving by driving carefully, supporting laws and enforcement against drunk driving, distracted driving, red-light running etc

9. Teach your kids to ride a bike, and to ride safely, so we get the next generation of bicyclists

8. Help use our bike infrastructure to market RI as geo-tourism destination where auto use can be minimized

7. Ride transit when appropriate as biking and transit complement each other in providing an alternative to auto travel, especially with our bus bike racks. RIPTA service on key routes is much better than many non-users think it is, and soon we will have expanded commuter rail.

6.  Join, support,  or become active in one of many bike advocacy groups – such as the NBW, the RI Bike Coalition, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Recycle-a-Bike, US Open Cycling Foundation, or Friends of the various bikeways

5. Help ensure that roadway shoulders are properly swept,  have bike-safe grates, potholes are fixed, and institute and maintain appropriate bike lanes, traffic calming, various kinds of share-the-road signs and other “complete street” features

4. Help us complete our bike path network including the north and south end of the Blackstone, the South County, Washington Secondary, and Woonasquatucke paths, as well as possible projects in Tiverton, Aquidneck Island, Jamestown, the Pontiac branch, Hope Spur etc.

3.  Support an increased revenue stream for transportation as we will need that to fix our roads and bridges, maintain and improve transit, and have the bicycle infrastructure we want

2. Maintain an atmosphere of communication, collaboration and cooperation between the bicycle community and the various municipal and state agencies and other stakeholders

1. RIDE YOUR BIKE – and have doing so – as  we need this to help build a “critical mass” of riders and building a statewide bicycle culture

If You Build It, They Will Come

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Here is some good news from the Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Hopefully Rhode Island will take note and consider bikers and pedestrians in their future transportation planning. Check out the full story by NPR here.

Are You a Fan of the South County Bike Path?

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

The South County Bike Path is now on Facebook! Take a moment to become our fan…then get out on the path and enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

Phase 3 Underway

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

After much anticipation, progress on Phase 3 of the Bike Path, connecting Wakefield to Narragansett, is underway! The project was officially advertised on January 13th, with the Bid Opening scheduled for February 3rd. This should put the Phase 3 ground breaking sometime in early summer. Check back for updates!

Solstice Fire Sculpture a Success!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Thanks to all who made it out for this wonderful night of art, music and festivities. Here are some photos from the event:

Solstice Sculpture

Musical Entertainment

Finished Scultpture

Solstice Fire Sculpture

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

8th Annual South County Photo Contest

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Enter Today! Deadline August 12, 2009

8 Top Prizes totaling over $1,000

Photography should capture the essence of Charlestown, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Westerly, and West Greenwich – spring, summer, winter, fall – beaches, wildlife, events, weddings, recreation, etc.

For entry forms and contact rules visit: or
South County Tourism Council
4808 Tower Hill Road | Suite 101 | Wakefield

Presentations will be made during a press conference at the Courthouse Center for the Arts
Thursday | August 20, 2009 | 6-7:30 p.m. 1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $100
5 Runners-up: $50 each

Register Today!

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Come join us for a Cyle tour of South County! This year the 24th Annual Rhode Island Historic Preservation Conference is being held in South County and will feature a tour of South County’s William C. O’Neill bike path with Bob Votava and Rob Swanson. The tour starts at 2pm and lasts until 5:00, and is just one of the days events when you attend the one-day conference. Don’t forget to register today!

Visit the Rhode Island Historical Preservation site for information and registration.

Not Just For Bikes

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Check out these great Public Service Announcements created for us by Patti Cassidy of Jamestown:

Not Just For Bikes


South County Bike Path Has It All