How 'Walkable' is Portsmouth? AARP To Study Town's Streets, Sidewalks

AARP Rhode Island is seeking volunteers and survey responders for a Walkability Workshop and Survey to be held on Monday, Aug. 1.

Just how easy is it to walk around Portsmouth? That's something AARP Rhode Island is hoping to find out.

AARP is seeking volunteers and survey responders for a Walkability Workshop to be held in Portsmouth on Monday, Aug. 1.

At least four teams of volunteers will walk along East Main Road, starting around , to study how easy it is to walk around the "town center."

The workshop will begin on Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. with breakfast and registration at Atria Aquidneck Place, 125 Quaker Hill Lane.

From 9:30 to 11 a.m., AARP will give presentations on AARP's strategy, including information about a town center status, bicycling initiatives on Aquidneck Island and a review of the walkability survey process. 

At 11 a.m., AARP volunteers will “hit the streets” with survey teams.  At noon, the teams will return for lunch and debriefing of what they observed.

Volunteers are needed for this study! To volunteer or for more information, call AARP at (401) 248-2655 or e-mail dcasey@aarp.org.

Island Porkrunner July 18, 2011 at 01:31 PM
The other area I have trouble with is Boyd's Lane coming up from the farm stands towards Mt Hope Bridge. There is very little room to share the road if any, and obviously this is a busy road. At night it is suicidal to go down this road. It's unlit and a steep hill. I made the mistake of riding my bike down it from the bus stop one night. If you don't have a headlight/ tail lights on your bike you're pretty much not going to survive because the cars will just run you right over. This is an impassable road at night with no sidewalks whatsoever.
TAMORI July 18, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Yeah, the streets/roads that do have sidewalks are generally unsafe. To begin with, the town should require mailboxes be mounted parallel with the street/road. That takes us much less room…with the door facing the oncoming traffic so the postal worker can access it. As IP mentioned…the sidewalks along East Main/Chase Rd are ankle twisters. Asphalt doesn’t make a good long-term sidewalk. And, there are numerous abandoned signposts and mailbox posts. They ought to be removed. Then of course there are the streets and roadways that don’t have sidewalk…or sidewalks that just come to an abrupt end unexpectedly. East Main half way up Quaker Hill; Sprague Street; West Main near the Turnpike/Bristol Ferry intersection. Nothing along Middle Road. Is Portsmouth a walkable town? Not really.
TAMORI July 18, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Oh…but let’s wait until the sewers are all installed before doing anything about the sidewalks. It won’t be cost-effective to tear up brand new sidewalks to put the sewers in. (sarcasm)
faithful reader July 18, 2011 at 02:50 PM
I've been amazed that there haven't been kids killed on Sprague street, no sidewalks and teens who walk abreast forcing cars to swerve around them.
John Pearl July 19, 2011 at 04:23 PM
What's to study... there is no "town center" except as a plan on paper. If the plan ever gets built there will be walkable sidewalks from the top of quaker hill down to clements, and we can build on that to go down east main to park ave. But right now, there's nothing to study.


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