Today it was a pleasure to bicycle on a bright spring morning from my home in Providence’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood into downtown Providence, where I joined bicycle commuters from every corner of our City in a grand celebration of Bike to Work Day.
Bike to Work Day has become a great tradition in my administration. Members of my staff join me and bicycle enthusiasts from across Providence each year for the celebration in Burnside Park.
At this morning's Bike to Work Day celebration I announced another initiative aimed at promoting healthy living, environmental stewardship and fun in Providence: an expanded summer series of Cyclovía events.
Cyclovía is an international phenomenon that began in Bogotá, Colombia and has spread to cities across the globe, including New York City, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami.
Cyclovía Providence is an opportunity for residents from across Providence to join together, exercise, have fun and enjoy all that our City has to offer. Roadways will be temporarily closed in mid-morning to vehicle traffic in favor of bicyclists, pedestrians, outdoor exercise classes and community activities.
Providence held its first Cyclovía last fall on Broad Street. This summer’s Cyclovías will be expanded to locations across our City:
• Sunday, June 30 – Broad Street in Elmwood, between Thurbers Avenue and Prairie Avenue
• Sunday, July 28 – Valley Street in Olneyville, between San Souci Drive and Atwells Avenue
• Saturday, September 14 – Hope Street on the East Side, between Lippitt Park and Rochambeau Avenue
I look forward to seeing you out in our neighborhoods this summer.
With deep appreciation,