PROVIDENCE – Ten new bikeway projects around Rhode Island will create over 10 miles of path and improve safety and connectivity across the state's bikeway network, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced March 13. The projects, totaling $10 million, will be funded by the $35 million Green Economy Bond passed last November.
"Improving our already impressive system of bikeways is a smart investment that will benefit our economy, communities and families. … Our goal is to get these projects underway and completed quickly, so we can continue to support our families, entice additional investment and create jobs," Raimondo said in a statement.
According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, outdoor recreation generates $2.4 billion annually in consumer spending and supports 24,000 jobs in Rhode Island. There are more than 60 miles of bike path in Rhode Island, supporting the use of nearly 2 million people each year. •