Friday, December 7, 2012
Carl Knoch, of the Rail Trail Conservancy led a public forum on the Shoreline Bikeway at CCRI Thursday night.
Dozens of Aquidneck Island residents and community representatives filled the CCRI auditorium, along with members of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission and Bike Newport, to participate in a forum Thursday with Carl Knoch, of the Rails to Trails Conservancy. The forum was the second in a series of events to educate and pique the interest of Aquidneck Islanders for the project. The Shoreline Bikeway is a proposed 10-mile recreational trail that would run alongside the existing Old Colony railway throughout Aquidneck Island. Newport is at a tipping point in the process, Knoch said, referring to the support given to the project by the AIPC, Bike Newport and a growing number of local residents. “We are further along than you think,” said…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
There will be a public forum on the proposed creation of an island-wide multi-use bike trail at the CCRI Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) and Bike Newport will host a public forum on the proposed creation of an island-wide multi-use bike trail at the CCRI Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. The presentation and discussion will be led by Carl Knoch, Manager of Trail Development for Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, the national voice for rail trails based in Washington, DC. Knoch is an expert on the creation and economic impact of multi-use rail trails across the country. The forum will focus on Rail With Trail, a potential recreational path alongside the rail currently used by the Old Colony Railway and the Newport Dinner Train. This forum is second in a series that engages the community in consideration of the proposed …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The DOT installed new bike lanes on Memorial Boulevard last week. Residents have expressed mixed feelings about the project.
Last week, as part of several projects across the island, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) installed new bike lanes on Memorial Boulevard in Newport. Some local residents said they were surprised that the project removed a lane of traffic on the westbound side of the road, starting at Aquidneck Avenue until Rhode Island Avenue. "The idea of the change was to make things safer for cyclists, but I fear the change may make it more dangerous for cars and bikes, " said resident Darcy Roland. "This will be especially true in the summer months." The project was influenced by local advocacy group, Bike Newport, after a car hit and killed Middletown resident Elliot Kaminitz last June. Although the intention is to make the …