Tale of 2 bike lanes: Providence moves ahead with contested South Water St. project, puts the brakes on Mount Pleasant Ave.

THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE recently began construction on a two-way bike lane along South Water Street, yet has put a similar bike lane on Mount Pleasant Avenue on hold amid residential concerns. Pictured is a rendering of South Water Street traffic once the project is complete. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE
PROVIDENCE – Providence has pumped the brakes on a contested two-way bike lane along Mount Pleasant Avenue. But similar concerns have not stopped the city from moving ahead with a bike lane along South Water Street. After holding an extra public meeting in August to respond to local business owners’ concerns, the city recently began…

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  1. These bike lanes are the WORST idea! If you want to ride a bike then get a helmut, a bike with a mirror, a horn and reflectors and then stay off the highways! That’s it. No bike lanes needed.
    I live in Seattle and they have created a TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE out here with all these bike-lanes, in a city where it rains 270 days a year!
    I love Providence and can’t wait until I move back there, but don’t ruin it with bike lanes that wind up not being used, have cyclists ignore them and STILL ride on sidewalks and on unmarked roads when it suits them and impacts traffic.

    If you want to reduce cyclist deaths? Mandate those things I mentioned in my first sentence and then enforce it.