Bond funds "The First Mile" Bike Path.
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(Very) Exciting News!

On Monday, Governor Gina Raimondo announced the bikeway projects that will be funded by the state’s Green Economy Bond – including “The First Mile” in Newport.

The 1.7 mile rail-with-trail path will run from the Rail Depot adjacent to the Visitors Center at the south end to the vicinity of CCRI Newport at the north end. It will be the realization of a decades-old dream for a shared use path in the rail corridor, and the first protected bikeway on Aquidneck Island.

The First Mile will provide safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists between Newport’s downtown and the residences, schools, parks, and businesses of the north end. The path has the potential to reduce traffic congestion, relieve parking stresses, add to the Newport outdoor experience, and improve road safety for high numbers of residents and visitors alike.
This project has advanced and will proceed thanks to the partnership of numerous stakeholder groups including Bike Newport, Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, the City of Newport, Seaview Railroad, Statewide Planning, the RI Department of Transportation, RI Department of Environmental Management, numerous conservation and open space agencies, and resident advocacy groups such as Newport Health Equity Zones.
Other bond-funded bikeway projects will connect and extend segments of the Blackstone River Bikeway and the South County Bikeway, make the Jamestown Bridge bicycle accessible, establish new bikeways in Westerly and on Newport, and improve on-road connections in Olneyville and other urgent locations.
We’ll be celebrating all of this fantastic news at Bike Newport Night tomorrow – come join us!

Photo: RIDOT’s Bike Path Coordinator, Mark Felag, rides the corridor in December with Bike Newport’s Director, Bari Freeman

Ride happy, ride often. Bundle up and ride!
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