Cycling fans roll out the bicycles Saturday for Bike Fest RI. The annual event is hosted this year at the Met School in Providence.
Organizers say it kicks off Rhode Island’s cycling season. That’s cycling season if you’re a casual biker. Hard core cyclists like Ed Raff ride through the winter. Raff is one of the organizers of Bike Fest RI. He said the event is geared toward getting everyone try biking just a little bit more.
Providence rolled out a new bike plan for the capital city.
Bike Providence is an extensive, proposed plan to create safer, more accessible bike routes throughout the city. Providence already has some bike lanes, and shared roads for cyclists; and so much of the new plan proposes connecting them to create a more cohesive system.
Providence is among the cities that will observe National Bike to Work Day Friday. A gathering at Burnside Park 8:00am Friday will include members of the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition and will also include Mayor Angel Taveras. The event is to show how biking is a healthy commute to work, said Matt Moritz the president of the Rhode Island Biking Coalition.