Bike the Night in Providence RI

The city of Providence kicked off summer with the annual PVD Fest,  with Bike The Night With The Mayor.  Over 200 participated in the ride with many taking advantage of complimentary e-bike provided by Jump Bikes, that offered a code for four hours of bike share.
The night ended with the participants, along with most of the city, shining and blinking their lights toward the Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  The children responded by r blinking lights from their rooms.

Bike the Night with the Mayor of Providence June 2019 from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Thursday Night and Saturday Morning Rides

June Bike The night

Join Mayor Jorge Elorza and the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RIBike) for a very special PVDFest edition of #BiketheNight!

This year, we’re riding with RIBike and JUMP to the Hot Club for Providence’s first-ever Citywide Good Night Lights celebration. No bike? No problem! JUMP will have 100 bikes ready to ride for FREE outside of Burnside Park at 6pm. All JUMP riders get a FREE helmet.

Bright and festive gear is encouraged!

Riders should arrive at Burnside no later than 6:30. We’ll leave by 7PM.


Bike the Night began in October of 2015. These rides have brought community members together to explore different neighborhoods of Providence by bike, encouraging healthy living and a greater connection to the City of Providence.

If your riding with us. Set your GPS to 1 Mercer St. East Providence RI.  We leave the Ft Hill parking lot at 6 PM for the 3 mile ride to Burnside.  The ride ends very close Ft. Hill.


Bike Fall River will hold a bike ride to Westport Point!!

When:  Saturday – June 8, 2019

Time:   Meetup will be at 8:15am – ride starts at 8:30

Starting Point:   We will meet at the parking lot located at Britland Park – for GPS use the address of 115 Wordell street. The parking lot at Britland Park is at the end of Wordell Street.

The ride will use the Alfred J. Lima trail but most of the ride will be on-road – *** This ride is for experienced cyclists who are familiar riding on the roads with vehicular traffic. 

Helmets should be worn. Make sure to bring a drink and snack – The ride is approximately 28 miles long – after leaving Westport Point the riders can stop at Partners Village in Westport for pastry, coffee etc. 

This ride is weather permitting 

Providence to Woonsocket RI on the Blackstone Bikeway

Blackston River Bikeway

It’s was a chilly 55 degrees when the four of us began our ride at Ft. Hill in East Providence. Over the Washington Bridge into India Point park brought us to the beginning of our “on road” section of the ride. We had nine miles of city riding through Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Lincoln RI to get to the Blackstone River bikeway.

I painstakingly mapped the route on my PC using the Ride With GPS program so I could transfer the turn by turn file to my Garmin device. The reasoning was because I did this ride a few years ago and we got lost a few times. Since then, however, the state of RI has erected route signs that gave us beautiful directions making this a carefree ride. Fret not however because at the end of the ride, two of us decided to stop for lunch in Providence. We chose a cafe, brought up Google maps for directions, and rode around two giant circles for fifteen minutes. Totally lost. We abandoned eating out for lunch, rode back to the car and drove home to eat. I made the best burger in the history of making burgers and home and saved the country billions of dollars by being frugal.

Is there a video you may ask? Absolutely. Enjoy

Blackston River Providence to Woonsocket RI from John Sullivan on Vimeo.


New Bedford, MA

Rode into the Seaport of New Bedford, MA. Along the waterfront and into Fort Rodman and Fort Phoenix. Also rode the elevated bikeway on East Beach in the city.

I donned my Bike Mass cycling cap, hopped on the Scott, SUB (speedy urban bike) for a not so speedy ride around the peninsula of the city across the bridge.

This Week’s Rides

We have a couple of humdingers scheduled this week.

Tuesday June 4th.

Providence to Woonsocket, R.I.

This is a 37 mile round trip relatively flat ride.  21 miles on the Blackstone Bike Path. and 16 miles on a combination of path and city streets.

Meet at Fort Hill Parking lot for an 8:30 AM start. 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.

CLICK HERE for the GPS route. You can download the route to your device from the link.

Thursday Night Ride with the Mayor of Providence

We will leave Ft. Hill at 6 PM for the three mile ride to Burnside Park.

See above to directions to Fort Hill

Set your GPS to 40 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI . for directions to Burnside Park.

Shakedown Ride For The Summer Tour


Tuned up the touring bike and went for a shakedown ride. #3 son and I will be riding the Erie Canal (Buffalo to Albany) in a little over a month. He is training a lot more than I, racing in the Driveway Series on Thursday nights.

My neighbor started a bike club in her grade school where she teaches. Today there were in excess of 20 kids riding to school