Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza cut the ribbon on the city’s first parking-protected bike lane after a short presentation that included real estate developer Arnold “Buff” Chase, Eric Weis, chair of the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and RI Future contributor Alex Ellis, executive-director of the RI Bicycle Coalition.
“This is big news for our community and evidence of Providence’s commitment to supporting alternative modes of transportation,” said Elorza, himself an avid bicyclist who bikes to City Hall from Silver Lake every day. “The recent improvement to Downtown, including the addition of our innovative parking protected bicycle lane, are bringing new energy into the heart of the city. These are the investments that we need to continue to make to ensure a safe and inviting city for residents, visitors and businesses.”
Vehicular space on Fountain Street has been narrowed from three to two spaces, a bus island has been installed for the safety of RIPTA passengers and a parking-protected bike lane has been striped to provide a safe route for bicyclists and to help them avoid car doors opening into traffic and causing injuries.
The ribbon cutting marked the completion of the Downtown Circulator project. This project aimed to improve traffic circulation and safety for all modes of transportation. The project embodies the concept of “complete streets” – that streets are for everyone and that an outstanding public realm is critical to a great urban environment and for economic growth.