Month: May 2019

This Weekend’s Rides


Providence CM

*******Changes to Critical Mass Ride*******

I’m not available to lead our group from Ft. Hill for this ride.  Your all on your own

FRIDAY

Friday, May 31 7-10 PM

Burnside Park, Providence R.I.

593 Eddy St. Providence.

Some of us will meet at Fort Hill in East Providence for a 6:30 departure to Burnside.

For directions to Fort Hill bike path access search for directions to intersection of Mercer Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence through Google Maps or GPS. (1 Mercer St.) Parking is overlooking the river on the West side of the highway.

nighttime in Providence

This is a very casual ride around the streets of Providence, RI. We expect a large turnout with the good weather that is predicted.  There are usually two or three gathering rest stops for snacks, water and conversation.  The ride ends at a local watering hole where you can eat and drink. Or you can go home.   I will be leading the ride back to Fort Hill around 11 PM ish.

Group Ride in Tiverton, RI

We are all very fortunate to have so many bike options most days and every weekend. The casual seniors, the hammerheads and everything in between. That’s were I fit. The in between rides. Some days on bike paths some days on roads. Some are in large groups but most are in the fifteen and under number of riders.

Then there is Providence R.I.
The last Friday of every month, Providence Critical Mass does their night ride. At the weather improves, the numbers grow. A few times a year, the mayor of Providence calls for a group night ride. That always eclipses the critical mass rides in numbers by a lot. Friday the 31st is the Critical Mass ride that goes wheels up at 7 PM. Expect, 40-60 riders.

The following Thursday at 7 PM we ride with Mayor Elorza. Weather permitting we will be in triple figures riding the main and not so main street of Providence R.I., escorted by bike cops and a very large black SUV with bodyguards that can be very intimidating if someone messes with the people on bikes.

Today was a casual ride through the rural roads of Tiverton and Little Compton, R.I.

Tiverton R.I. Memorial Day Ride from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Memorial Day Ride

Bike Fall River Memorial Day Ride!! 

Monday – May 27, 2019

Meetup: 8:45am –  Ride will start 9:00am

Where:  Parking lot of Tiverton High School – 100 North Brayton Road – off of Route 177 (Bulgamarsh Road)

Ride is for experienced riders, it will be all on back roads of Tiverton and other parts. The scenery on this ride is beautiful.

Ride will be lead by our good friend, John N of Tiverton.  The ride will be all on road. Helmets highly recommended. Make sure you bring a drink and snack.  Approximately 25+ miles. (This ride, like all rides, depends on the weather – rain cancels ride)

This Week’s Bike News

Bike Ride -Saturday Morning

 

When:   Saturday May 25.
Time:    Meetup 8:15 AM Ride Starts 8:30 am
Where: Warren RI – Parking lot after Del’s Lemonade
Set your GPS to 65 Child St, Warren, RI

30 mile ride – mostly on Bristol Bike path


Providence Night Ride

Providence CM

Friday, May 31   7-10 PM

Burnside Park, Providence R.I.

593 Eddy St. Providence.

Some of us will meet at Fort Hill in East Providence for a 6:30 departure to Burnside.

For directions to Fort Hill bike path access search for directions to intersection of Mercer Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence through Google Maps or GPS. (1 Mercer St.) Parking is overlooking the river on the West side of the highway.


Full Moon Prom bike ride
Prom theme full moon ride.

We are going to try again for our monthly full moon rides, partnering with the Co-Op Creative Center at 137 Union St. in New Bedford, Ma.  The rides may or may not have a theme.  Stay tuned and join or friend whatever web site you view this post. (There are many).

CLICK HERE to see what this could become.  It’s how we rolled in St. Louis back in the day.  May’s theme was Aprilween.  ****pay no attention to the club name.  We’ll clean it up. (If you all want to ).

Full Flower Moon, Ride Tonight

full flower moon

It’s short notice, but it looks like good weather for tonight’s full moon.  So short of RAIN, snow, hurricane or gale force winds it should be a go.
Full Flower Moon,
Full Corn Planting Moon,
Full Milk Moon,
Hare Moon.

There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Saturday 5/18/20

Date: Saturday 5/18/19.

Location:  EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.
Time:
Arrive: 6:45PM
Departure: 7:00PM promptly
Sunset: 8:00PM
Distance is flexible.

Rain cancels the ride.

We will ride toward Providence till we decide to turn around.

Turn around point will probably be India Point Park unless we decide to turn around sooner (or later).
That’s around 22 or 23 miles round trip.

Bikes should have adequate lighting.

If you have a second headlight as a backup that might come in handy if the first one goes out.
Bring water, snacks, cameras and anything else you might want or need.

All bike path. Helmets optional.

 

Take note that it is cooler after sunset and dress accordingly.

Washington Secondary Bikeway. May 2019

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Someone important came up with the idea of planting bushes in front of an information sign.

We met in Cranston R.I. for an early 8:30 AM start for our 40 mile bike on the Washington Secondary Bikeway.  The Washington Secondary Bike Path is the state’s longest bike path at 19 miles from Cranston Street in Cranston to Log Bridge Road, just past Route 102, in western Coventry. It is named for the abandoned rail corridor once served by the Providence, Hartford, & Fishkill Railroad.

It was a day of flat tires.  The first was within 10 minutes of beginning the ride. The second and third were on the return 20 mile leg.  There was and ample supply  of amateur wrenches to quickly get things back to normal.  Not much unlike working with the Keystone Cops.

The were lots of wonderful sights to see along the Pawtuxet Corridor of the railway.  We rode past some of the textile mills that got their power from the fast moving Pawtuxet River.

Washington Secondary Bikeway. May 2019 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Wednesday Morning Bike Ride

washington secondary

We are riding the Washington Secondary Bike Path from Cranston RI to the Connecticut border.  Join us for this casual 11-13 MPH ride.

Wednesday, May 15

Meet at the Stop and Shop lot across from Lowes at 8:15 for an 8:30 start.

Directions

Brewery Parkade, Cranston:

From I-95 to Route 10. Heading north, take the Cranston Street/Niantic Avenue exit. Take a left at bottom of the exit onto Niantic Avenue. Turn left onto Cranston Street, then turn left onto Garfield Avenue and turn into the Brewery Parkade development. There is a parking area at the Stop and Shop market.

Heading south on Route 10, take the Cranston Street exit. Take a left onto Garfield Ave. and continue to the Stop and Shop plaza.


 

Secondary Bike Path is the state’s longest bike path at 19 miles from Cranston Street in Cranston to Log Bridge Road, just past Route 102, in western Coventry. It is named for the abandoned rail corridor once served by the Providence, Hartford, & Fishkill Railroad. Get Map »

The path is often referred to locally by the segment names given as the path was built, and these include, from west to east: Trestle Trail, Coventry Greenway, West Warwick Greenway, Warwick Bike Path, and Cranston Bike Path.

The GPS route of the trail is HERE

South Coast Bikeway Group Ride

In keeping with national bike month, the South Coast Bikeway group organized a ride with various distance options.  The most popular was the Fort to Fort ride along the SouthCoast of Massachusetts.

This took us from Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, into New Bedford and continuing around the peninsula to Fort Rodman and Fort Taber.  The wind, as usual, set up some resistance, but it was futile. Everyone was enjoying the ride and ignoring the wind.

South Coast Bikeway Fort to Fort 2019 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.