Providence bike share program open houses this week

The first of four bike share program open house events was held downtown, organized by Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, the Providence Department of Planning and Development, and JUMP Bikes, will provide 400 publicly available electric-assist bicycles (e-bikes), conveniently located at more than 40 bike share hubs around the city. (See below for the dates and locations of the next three open houses.)

Dozens of people attended the first event, including a class from the Met High School. Attendees were invited to ask questions and to place stickers on a map to highlight areas they feel might benefit from a Jump Bike station. The bike share program is planned as an affordable and convenient transportation option for short, one-way trips throughout the City.

JUMP Bikes are pedal assist, meaning they have solar-powered electric motors that help propel them.

Possible bike share locations

Four bike share outreach events are planned as follows in Providence:

  • Monday, March 19, 6:30-8:00pm – West Side Open House, West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA), 1560 Westminster Street
  • Tuesday March 20, 6:30-8:00pm – East Side Open House, Brown RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street
  • Wednesday, March 21, 6:30-8:00pm – South Side Open House, SWAP Community Room, 500 Broad Street

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  1. While I commend the city government for advancing the bike agenda this way, I think there are concerns. The bike locations are initially restricted to being within 1.5 miles of RIPTA’s Downtown Corridor (which also has some issues, another post!) as funding is linked to that project. So it is important that this rollout succeed in order to be expanded to a more widely usable scale, for example including Rhode Island College and Providence College as colleges are a market for use. At least the University of Rhode Island (URI) – and the Community College of Rhode Island-Providence are included within the initial area.

    Central Providence has little bike infrastructure and if inexperienced bicyclists are to use this bike-share, efforts are needed to educate users on how to ride safely. Motorists too need to be made aware there may be inexperienced bicyclists on the roads and to be prudent. Bike lanes need to be better marked, expanded, and connected. City planners are aware of and planning for all this, and the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition intends to help too.

    One hope is that we build up a “critical mass” of bicyclists so coexisting on the roads becomes commonplace. I’ve noted on the East Bay Bike Path that motorists in the area are more polite and careful around bicyclists (maybe because many motorists there also bike or have someone in their family that does) than in North Providence where relatively few bike.

    We should also watch implementation of a “low income plan” whereby qualified individuals can get a lower rate than the planned $2 cost for 30 minutes (7 cents/minute afterward.) It would also be good for Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA) and the Bikeshare program to promote each others services, especially as I was told RIPTA’s bike racks will be able to carry these bikes (no additional cost.)

    Biking is a clean, healthy, low cost, and fun way to travel that leaves most of our energy dollars in the local economy. Let’s make this succeed!

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