Barrington 300 Hosts "On and Off the Bike Path" Bike Tour
On Saturday, July 22, about 30 people partipated in the Barrington 300 "On & Off the Bike Path" Bike Tour. The tour took cyclists from Police Cove Park, up the East Bay Bike Path to Haines Park, and back. The event focused on the area's history, highlighted in a series of signs installed along the Bike Path in Barrington. Sydney Montstream Quas, who directed the signage project, led the discussion on the bike tour.
|Upcoming Event: Picnic, Pow-wow and Plumage in the Park - Saturday, August 12, from noon to 4 pm at Haines Park|
Did you know that there are now nine interpretative historical signs on the Barrington section of the East Bay Bike Path? Dubbed “A Museum without Walls,” these mounted panels along the former Providence, Warren & Bristol Railroad identify hidden treasures in our own backyard. Historical facts were prepared by a team of the Barrington Preservation Society.
Historical panels are found along the Bike Path in Barrington at:
- Haines Park, one of Rhode Island’s first state parks;
- Bay Spring, Barrington’s industrial center;
- Little Echo Lake;
- Brickyard Pond;
- Barrington Center;
- New Meadow Neck; and,
- Police Cove, the site of the former Rhode Island Suburban Railroad power station and the Barrington Police Station.
There also is a historical panel at the Civic Center Historic District (Town Hall/Library), a few blocks from the Bike Path.
Closures do not impact use of the bike path for cyclists
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the findings of a recent analysis of the two wooden-decked bridges on the East Bay Bike Path, which span the Barrington and Palmer rivers. The report found that because of deterioration to the supports for the sidewalks on either side of both bridges, RIDOT must close the sidewalks on both bridges effective immediately.
The closures do not affect the use of the bridges for cyclists for the 14.5-mile bike path which runs from Providence to Bristol.
RIDOT will place barrels and signage indicating that the sidewalks on the bridge are closed. Just as on other sections of the bike path, pedestrians and cyclists must share the path. Additionally, the vehicular bridges adjacent to both bike path bridges have sidewalks on both sides for pedestrian use.
Following the sidewalk closures, RIDOT will further analyze the bridges to determine the feasibility of making repairs and to determine an expected timetable for the duration of the closures.
The bridges were last rehabilitated as part of the second contract to build the East Bay Bike Path, a segment from County Road in Barrington to Franklin Street in Warren, in 1990.
Bay Spring Zoning Project Underway
Go to the Bay Spring Zoning Study website for all the latest information on the project.
The Town of Barrington is exploring options for amending zoning along the Bay Spring Avenue corridor. The Barrington Comprehensive Plan calls for action: "Further study is needed regarding . . . the potential to allow for a mix of small-scale, neighborhood-oriented uses and different types of housing in Bay Spring." The Town would like the corridor's zoning to better reflect the neighborhood's vision for the future, including both things that should stay the same and things that may change.
The first phase of this project will gather your thoughts on the entire corridor, but will emphasize what sorts of uses should be allowed in the neighborhood business (NB) zoning district. The second phase will look at the corridor more broadly, and make recommendations for more flexible zoning to achieve the mix of uses desired by the Town and residents while reducing the number of non-conforming uses and lots. In short, the Town wants to make it easier for the things we all want to see in the corridor actually happen.
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