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Pawtucket Opens First Section Of Waterfront Bike Path

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Officials cut the ribbon Friday on a brand new section of bike path along the Blackstone River. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison reports...

Officials cut the ribbon Friday on a brand new section of bike path along the Blackstone River. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison reports the project also restored a portion of the river wall that was damaged in the 2010 flood.

You’ve heard the song that goes "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Well, this is just the opposite.

What used to be blacktop behind Pawtucket City Hall is now a grassy, river-front park with the city’s first section of off-road bike path. Mayor Donald Grebian hopes to connect it with bikeways from Woonsocket all the way to Bristol.

"You talk about the transportation aspects of it and the tie in to the young and the energetic," Grebian said, then gestured toward his midsection.

"And you can tell that some of us don’t like as much exercise as others, but I have to start getting out here and doing a little walk."

That walk would last just a few hundred feet right now, but Pawtucket already has plans for extensions that would lengthen the path toward Providence and Central Falls. Funding has been secured for one of the planned extensions.  

The bike path grew out of a federally funded project to restore a river wall that crumbled in the floods of 2010.

Pawtucket Opens First Section Of Waterfront Bike Path
Pawtucket Opens First Section Of Waterfront Bike Path