Bike Path

South County Bike Path Update #17

January 15, 2018

The Rhode Island Department of Administration is developing a state-wide Bike Mobility Plan, which is part of a long-range transportation plan (“Rhode Island Moving Forward”).  The web site for this project is http://www.planri.com/

As part of this effort, the planners are seeking public input regarding the bike facilities throughout the state.  The Rhode Island Moving Forward Planning Group will hold a second South County workshop in Peace Dale on Tuesday, January 23 at the South Kingstown Guild Hall from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

Below is the Facebook page which contains information about the event.

South Kingstown: https://www.facebook.com/events/561340487546790/

Text of the RI Moving Forward 2040 Announcement:

Greetings and Happy New Year!

The Rhode Island Moving Forward project team was hard at work crunching numbers, reaching out to stakeholders, and mapping our ever-important transportation resources right through the end of 2017. With a new year it is time to put on our thinking caps and begin carving out a new vision for transportation in Rhode Island. As we prepare the Long-range Transportation Plan and Bicycle Mobility Plan – we need your help!

Please join us this January for a Vision Workshop near you. These workshops will be “open house” style, drop in to see us any time 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at any of the three locations. The purpose of this workshop is to leave behind the problems of today to brainstorm and discuss what our transportation network should look like for the future. These plans will direct and inform transportation investment in coming years.  Hope to see you at a workshop near you!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM – Neighborhood Guild, South Kingstown, RI
https://www.facebook.com/events/561340487546790/

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM – West End Community Center, Providence, RI
https://www.facebook.com/events/1943987505861760/

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM – Edward King House, Newport, RI

https://www.facebook.com/events/304069246770146/

Rosemary and David Smith

South County Bike Path Update #16

November 15, 2017

The Rhode Island Department of Administration is developing a state-wide Bike Mobility Plan, which is part of a long-range transportation plan (“Rhode Island Moving Forward”) for the state.  The web site for this project is:  http://www.planri.com/

As part of the planning effort, the planners are seeking public input regarding the bike facilities throughout the state.  Here is a link to an online survey prepared by the Department of Administration:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RIBikeMobilityPlan

Please take a few minutes to fill in this important survey.  Public input on this survey closes November 30, 2017.

The Rhode Island Moving Forward Planning Group held a workshop in Narragansett on September 25, 2017 at the Narragansett Town Hall.  The second workshop will be held at the Neighborhood Guild in Peace Dale on January 23, 2018 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.  We will send out another reminder.

Happy Thanksgiving to All,

Rosemary and David Smith

South County Bike Path Update #15

September 14, 2017

Click the flyer for a larger image.

The RI Department of Administration – Division of Statewide Planning is charged with developing an inclusive long-range transportation plan for the state within the next year.  Its team has met with municipal planners in the last two weeks. Now it is time for the public to participate in the process.

There is a workshop on September 25 at the Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.   You can stop in anytime during these two hours to participate in a series of activities where you will have a chance to give your suggestions on a variety of transportation topics including bicycle and pedestrian mobility.  We look forward to seeing you there.

South County Bike Path Update #14

August 8, 2017

The Narragansett Town Council held a Public Hearing on Monday, August 7 to solicit and review projects for submittal to the State of Rhode Island for inclusion in the 2018-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), including completion of the William C. O’Neill/South County Bike Path.  Mike DeLuca, Director of Community Development, made a presentation on the town staff’s proposal to modify the current TIP-funded project of the completion of the William C. O’Neill South County Bike Path in which the town will manage design and construction of the remaining portions of the bike path.  The alignment and funding amounts remain the same.  These modifications include:

  • The TIP Funding would be for construction of the bike path from the northeast corner of the playing field at Narragansett Elementary School through Canonchet Farm to Narragansett Beach which is about 1 mile.  This section of the plan is now designated as 4B (see map below) to distinguish it from the Town Council’s recently approved Department of Environmental Management/Green Economy Bond funded section of the Bike Path from Mumford Road behind the berm at Narragansett Elementary School to the Community Center, which is now designated as 4A.
  • The second change in this TIP plan is that the RI Department of Transportation would turn over the planning, design and construction of the final phase of the bike path to the Town of Narragansett.  Design would include route selection through Canonchet Farm, necessary environmental permits and engineering.   The construction would include right of way clearing, site preparation, paving including any special construction methods (such as elevated segments), and appurtenances.  The Town of Narragansett would use the $8.3 million that the RI Department of Transportation has already allocated for this project.  No town funds would be used for this project.
  • The third change is that the Town of Narragansett would accelerate the completion of the final phase of the bike path from the State’s proposed seven-year plan to the Town of Narragansett’s three to four year-plan. The projected start of this plan is 2018.

The Narragansett Town Council agreed with the staff’s recommendation and voted 5-0 to change the wording and keep the Completion of the William C. O’Neill Bike Path Phase 4B as a High Priority in the FFY 2018-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

So, this is exceptionally good news for the supporters of the O’Neill/South County Bike Path as the Narragansett Town Council’s approval of the revised TIP plan is a win, win, win: local control, earlier completion and no diminishment of funding.

Rosemary and David Smith


South County Bike Path Update #13

July 20, 2017

More Progress with the Green Economy Bond and the Narragansett Town Council

In the last update we discussed the award of the $750,000 Green Economy Bond Grant to the Town of Narragansett to design and construct a portion of the final segment of the South County Bike Path (aka Phase 4A).

With the start of the new fiscal year (July 1, 20 17) the town has moved forward on this project.  At the Monday, July 17 Town Council Regular Meeting, the Council formally accepted the Green Economy Bond grant of $750,000 and authorized Town Manager Jim Manni to sign an agreement with the RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM).

A second agenda item awarded to the lowest bidder, DiPrete Engineering, a contract for Professional Engineering, Land Surveying, Permitting and Design Services for Phase 4A of the Bike Path.

Just to repeat the description of this segment of the South County Bike Path:

The funded project, dubbed Phase 4A, includes three components:

  • Provide a safe crossing at Mumford Road where the South County Bike Path currently ends at Mumford Road in Narragansett.
  • Construct the first 1,375 feet of the proposed off-road route through Canonchet Farm to the Narragansett Town Beach. This portion begins at Mumford Road and travels on town property behind the Narragansett Elementary School schoolyard and the adjacent athletic field to a point where the remainder of the Phase 4 route turns northeast to travel on the grade of the SeaView Railroad and through Canonchet Farm.
  • Construct a 375-foot bike path along the east side of the athletic field to the Narragansett Community Center parking lot.

With the loop around the school property, bicyclists and walkers will have a safe entrance to the bike path, enjoy the convenience of public parking spaces and avoid the dangerous vehicular traffic in front of the Narragansett Elementary School. In the meantime, funding for the balance of Phase 4 remains in the 2017-2025 R.I. Transportation Improvement Program. For maps of the bike path and other resources, visit http://southcountybikepath.org/

Thank you for your support of the completion of the South County Bike Path.

Rosemary and David Smith


South County Bike Path Update #12

March 22, 2017

Completion of the South County Bike Path Gets Boost with Green Economy Bond Grant

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Governor Gina Raimondo announced the award of a $750,000 grant to the Town of Narragansett to build a portion of the final segment (Phase 4) of the William C. O’Neill South County Bike Path. A week later, Narragansett took the first step in the process when the Town Council members voted 5 to 0 to instruct town staff to draft a request for proposal for design services. The grant is part of the $10 million allocated for bikeway completion and connections in the Green Economy Bond approved by Rhode Island voters in November 2016. Nine other projects will also receive Green Economy Bond funding, including a bike path connection between the University of Rhode Island and the South County Bike Path. The funding, which is administered by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, will be available in July.

The funded project, dubbed Phase 4A, includes three components:

  • Provide a safe crossing at Mumford Road where the South County Bike Path currently ends at Mumford Road in Narragansett.
  • Construct the first 1,375 feet of the proposed off-road route through Canonchet Farm to the Narragansett Town Beach. This portion begins at Mumford Road and travels on town property behind the Narragansett Elementary School schoolyard and the adjacent athletic field to a point where the remainder of the Phase 4 route turns northeast to travel on the grade of the SeaView Railroad and through Canonchet Farm.
  • Construct a 375-foot bike path along the east side of the athletic field to the Narragansett Community Center parking lot.

With the loop around the school property, bicyclists and walkers will have a safe entrance to the bike path, enjoy the convenience of public parking spaces and avoid the dangerous vehicular traffic in front of the Narragansett Elementary School. In the meantime, funding for the balance of Phase 4 remains in the 2017-2025 R.I. Transportation Improvement Program. For maps of the bike path and other resources, visit http://southcountybikepath.org/


Update #11 SC Bike Path Receives RI DEM Green Economy Bond Funding

March 13, 2017

RIDEM Press Release details first wave of investments under the Green Economy Bond, including:

South County Bikeway – Segment 4A (Narragansett)
Bond Funding: $750,000 | Project Estimate: $750,000
Includes .26 miles of path from Mumford Road to the Narragansett Community Center.


South County Bike Path Update #10

March 3, 2017

In our last update on December 14, we described a proposal for the Town of Narragansett to construct the first 25% of the Final Phase of the South County Bike Path using funds from the 2016 Green Economy Bond. This South County Bike Path “Phase 4A” connects the terminus of the path on Mumford Road, travels alongside Riverside Drive on town property (1) behind the Narragansett Elementary School playground berm for 1,375 feet to the northeast corner of the playing field (2) where it would later connect to the proposed bike path routes through Canonchet Farm.  In addition, we would connect that corner to the Narragansett Community Center Parking Lot for a distance of 375 feet (3).  This loop would provide a safe entrance to the bike path, parking, and bypass vehicular and pedestrian traffic in front of Narragansett Elementary School.

The Green Economy Bond provides $10 million to be distributed by the RI Department of Environmental Management across the state for bike path connections and completions.  As we have said in our previous update, the preliminary indications were that South County Bike Path Phase 4A has been favorably received by the Town of Narragansett staff and officials at RI DEM.

Since the last update, we have made a presentation to the Narragansett Town Council on January 17, met with the Narragansett Elementary School community and the Narragansett Health and Wellness Committee, and we have also walked the “Phase 4A” Path with Narragansett Community Development Director Mike DeLuca and Mark Felig, the point person for Bike Paths at the RI DOT.

We have also met with other bike path advocates as a group called Paths to Progress to evaluate other proposed uses of the bike path section of the bond and to recommend projects to be considered for the RI DEM Green Economy Bond funding.

On Tuesday, February 28, RI DEM Director Janet Coit met with Paths to Progress and representatives from Gov. Raimondo’s office, and staff from the Departments of Administration, Transportation, and Environmental Management.  The purpose was to review a final list of ten projects to be funded by the 2016 Green Economy Bond, including the South County Bike Path Phase 4A.

Funding in the form of grants to the towns will be available July 1, 2017.  In the meantime, the RI DEM will be in discussion with local municipalities concerning the grants.  We expect a formal announcement from Governor Raimondo early in the spring.

We are so encouraged by these developments and thank you for your support.


South County Bike Path Update #9

December 14, 2016

Friends of the Bike Path:

As you know voters approved the Green Economy Bond on Election Day, November 8, which includes $10 million for bike path connections and completions.  Since the Narragansett voters approved the bond by a 2 to 1 margin and the Narragansett Town Council passed a unanimous resolution in support of the bond, we feel that we should be receiving some funding from this bond.

We have been working with a group called Paths to Progress, which was a major proponent of the bond and specifically the bike path component, to recommend bike path related projects to RI Department of Environmental Management and to RI Department of Transportation as they look for ways to spend the bond money.

The criteria have been projects that complete a path and/or interconnect paths that can be accomplished in the next two years are high on the list. Thus, we feel that the completion of the South County Bike Path qualifies on the first count.

We have proposed that the Town of Narragansett receive a grant from the RI Department of Environmental Management to complete a section of the Bike Path which we call Phase 4A starting at the terminus of the current path at Mumford Road, traveling behind the Narragansett Elementary School grounds, and adding a leg to the parking lot at the Narragansett Community Center.  This would allow safe access to the current path by keeping traffic off of Mumford Road in front the Narragansett Elementary School and would connect to the remainder of Phase 4 through Canonchet Farm.  Segmentation of the project qualifies for the Path to Progress criterion for completion within two years.

Preliminary indications are that the plan has been favorably received by RI DEM.  We have also met with the Town Council President, Narragansett Town Manager, Town Engineer, Director of Parks and Recreation, the Superintendent and Director of Operations for the Narragansett Schools to explain the concept and seek their support.  Response has been favorable.  We will continue to meet with other interested groups.

A map of the proposed South County Bike Path Phase 4A is attached to this update.

We are scheduled to make an update on the South County Bike Path to the Narragansett Town Council on Tuesday, January 17.