City’s disjointed bike lanes need more study, community buy-in

FITTING IN: Liza Burkin, organizer for the Providence Streets Coalition, uses new bike lanes on the Clifford Street bridge in Providence. The new lanes are part of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s hotly debated Great Streets Initiative to connect the city’s neighborhoods through bike lanes.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
FITTING IN: Liza Burkin, organizer for the Providence Streets Coalition, uses new bike lanes on the Clifford Street bridge in Providence. The new lanes are part of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s hotly debated Great Streets Initiative to connect the city’s neighborhoods through bike lanes. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
If you build it, will they come? While the answer was yes in the charming case of the Iowa ballfield made famous in the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams,” the outcome is decidedly uncertain for Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s 78-mile Great Streets ­Initiative. Unveiled in 2019, the plan has a laudable goal of connecting…

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