Letter: Yes On 6 to Support Coastal Bike Route

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Faith LaBossiere. Faith LaBossiere is a member of the Bicycle Pathway Ad Hoc Committee .

Beaver River Rd 174 7472Charlestown’s Bicycle Pathway Ad Hoc Committee is excited to report the Multiuse Pathway in Ninigret Park is under construction and should be available by November for late season biking, walking, scooters, strollers, and cross-country skiing this winter. We look forward to a formal opening in May during Bike Month and invite all South County residents to come and enjoy the pathway.

June, August and October included the first Tri-Town Coastal Route bi-monthly meetings, engaging Westerly, Charlestown and South Kingstown in creation of a Coastal Linear Park Route. The meetings include town planners, town council presidents, state senators and representative, professional engineers/planners for bike pathways. Each community takes turns hosting the meetings.

The goal of the Coastal Route is to link the communities, provide non-vehicular access to beaches, businesses, historical features, restaurants and recreation. Throughout the country these linear parks have become tourist destinations extending the vacation/tourist calendar into the spring and fall.

A great opportunity to secure Paths To Progress, will be on the ballot Nov. 8. Rhode Islanders will be asked to support the $35 million Green Economy Bond. If approved, the Green Economy Bond would fund seven initiatives: historic state park development, $4 million; state land acquisition, $4 million; state bikeway development, $10 million; brownfield remediation and economic development, $5 million; stormwater pollution prevention, $3 million; local recreation grants, $5 million; and local open space grants, $4 million.

The Green Economy Bond has the capacity to improve the quality of life for all Rhode Islanders. The cyclists and walkers are excited to see the largest amount dedicated to bikeway development. This may be the opportunity when 30 years of talk become reality; a coastal route for all to enjoy linking the beaches, recreational and historical features.

Please vote yes on question 6 on Nov. 8.

Finally, if you like to bike and walk, please join this exciting effort. Charlestown meetings are the 3rd Wednesday 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 364-6400.

Faith LaBossiere