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Bristol Announces Additional Bike Project Workshops

  • Thames Street:    January 25, 2021, at 7 p.m.

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Webinar ID: 998 3975 3997

  • Ferry Road and Hope Street:  January 26, 2021 at 7 p.m.

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Webinar ID: 973 8589 3200

  • Wood Street, Walley Street, Franklin Street, and State Street: January 28, 2021 at 7 p.m.

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Webinar ID: 958 8516 8430

  • High Street,  Constitution Street, Church Street, Washington St.: February 3, 2021 at 7 p.m.

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Webinar ID: 950 1509 9979

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

BRISTOL, RI-The Town of Bristol is currently assessing ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections between the East Bay Bike Path, downtown Bristol, and the southern end of Town.  The linkage of these areas along with cultural and historic sites and neighborhoods by improved sidewalks and bike connections has been a Town goal for several decades.    

The Town was fortunate to receive a grant from the RIDEM Bikeways Program to fund the feasibility study that is now being undertaken.

The overall goals of the project are:

  • to improve overall safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles;  
  • to foster economic growth in downtown Bristol by making it more accessible to cyclists; and,
  • to create a more bicycle friendly downtown as a first step in an overall bicycle network throughout Town.

To achieve these goals, we are exploring enhancements and improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians that:

  • can be constructed in Phases as funding becomes available;
  • are designed to be financially feasible to construct and low cost to maintain;
  • create great rider/pedestrian experiences; and,
  • are highly visible/perceptible to users, potential users and surrounding areas through wayfinding signage, and pavement markings.

This planning project began in the Summer of 2020, and several public workshops and presentations to the Town Council were held in the Fall to present and receive feedback on several possible bicycle routes. Initially a goal of the project was to identify a single route that would connect the points from north to the south. However, many participants in the public sessions expressed an interest in improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities across the project area, instead of having a single designated “bike route”.

Taking that input to heart, the project team has reconfigured the project to propose improvements to several streets in downtown Bristol. Streets that already have adequate sidewalks would receive pavement markings for shared bicycle use, improved crosswalks/stop markings and wayfinding signage. All on-street parking would remain the same under the proposed plan. The west side of Ferry Road and a portion of Hope Street would receive a multi-use path to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists.

The project team has prepared draft plans, drawings and illustrations to show how these proposals would be implemented and they are available to review via a link from the Town of Bristol Website at www.bristolri.gov/ or on the project website at: sites.google.com/view/bristol-bicycle-connector/home .

Additionally, the Town is hosting a series of neighborhood meetings to present and discuss the bicycle project design in more detail with each of the various neighborhoods.

These meetings will be virtual teleconferences via Zoom in accordance with the COVID 19 requirements.  

We invite you to join the workshop for the night where your neighborhood is indicated.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

For questions, please contact Diane M. Williamson, Director of Community Development dwilliamson@bristolri.gov or 401-253-7000 ext. 126.

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