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I invited a friend who is relatively new to bike riding to join me on the Blackstone River Bikeway in Rhode Island.
“How long is the path” he asked.
He rides quite a bit but never on roads and usually does 5-6 miles. After riding for about an hour, Larry mentioned that this seemed like more than ten miles. I looked at my GPS and said we had gone a bit over nine. “Yea, but we still have to go back”, he quipped.
When we got to the end of the bike way, (the halfway point), I offered to show him some cool sights in the city of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It’s a hilly city and we did two or three miles on the moderately busy streets.
“Why don’t you ride on the sidewalk in the city” he asked. I told him how in RI and MA the streets are designed to be a few feet wider to accommodate bicycles. It’s always been like that. Cars can pass bikes on most main streets comfortably without crossing the center line. Although there have been so many bike riders for so long that drivers give plenty of room without giving it a second thought.
The 10 mile (each way) bike path is such a scenic ride that Larry rode 22 miles today with no problem. Bike riding is easy when your distracted by the joys of riding.