To The Editor,
We’re writing collectively as consultant neighborhood leaders to specific our assist of street security efforts in Newport within the type of improved markings for bicyclists on the roads most frequented by individuals driving bicycles and prioritized by the RI Division of Statewide Planning and by the town’s native advocacy group, Bike Newport.
We’re very grateful to Councilors Lynn Ceglie and Jamie Bova for sponsoring a decision to enhance street security in Newport – on the Metropolis Council docket for June ninth. We ask that the language of this decision be additional improved to ask our Metropolis planners for a plan and timeline that can reference particular precedence roads in a well timed approach. As now written, there are not any particular deliverables acknowledged within the decision, and we really feel such an enchancment is required to make sure outcomes.
Candidate roads are recognized within the Bikeway Community part of the 2020 Statewide Bicycle Mobility Plan (web page 69) and have been helpfully prioritized by Bike Newport in maps shared with the neighborhood and the Metropolis Council.
Newport can dramatically enhance street security now with low-cost paint markings, properly upfront of the longer-term infrastructure enhancements we anticipate as outcomes from the upcoming Newport Transportation Grasp Plan – which remains to be years away.
Collectively, we characterize the wants of scholars, employees, guests, vacationers, and residents of all ages and talents – individuals who trip bicycles for transportation and recreation, and many individuals who don’t trip however wish to. We additionally characterize individuals driving automobiles who shall be extra conscious of the presence of bicycles and who will profit from indications about on sharing the roads with individuals biking and strolling.
Cities and cities across the area and the world are responding to the pandemic, local weather disaster, carbon discount wants, growing older in place, and needs to be extra bodily lively by creating secure areas for individuals to bike. Now we have seen a rise in individuals biking in Newport for the reason that begin of the pandemic. As we comply with the nationwide and worldwide pattern, these numbers will proceed to rise. Encouragement of biking in Newport contributes to lessening site visitors congestion throughout our busy vacationer season. Each guests and residents are more and more visiting Newport to go driving. Biking is an thrilling and wholesome strategy to discover Newport and a major approach of getting round for many individuals. Let’s do our half to make sure that it’s as secure as attainable.
Bike lanes are an affordable and easy-to-implement answer which might be a confirmed technique to stop site visitors crashes, accidents, and fatalities. Extending bicycling routes by extremely trafficked areas of Newport simply is smart.
We hope the Metropolis Council will assist this necessary step to boost consciousness, enhance security, and stop tragedies – for all street customers.
Colleen Burns Jermain, Newport Superintendent of Faculties
Bari Freeman, Govt Director, Bike Newport
Kathleen Gannon, Chair, Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition
Rebekah Gomez, Govt Director, Conexión Latina Newport
Matt Netto, Legislative Director, AARP Rhode Island
Steven Sabo, Chair, Newport Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Fee
Mary Alice Smith, Coordinator, Newport For All Ages