Prov. Mayor celebrates Bike to Work Day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and several members of his staff celebrated Bike to Work Day on Friday, by commuting to City Hall on two wheels instead of four.

The Mayor modeled the bike that he says will be used in the city’s new bike share program. The bike, made by SocialBicycles, has a solar panel on the back.

Taveras says the city is currently working with Alta Bicycles Share and hopes to launch a bike share program in Providence by next spring.

The Mayor also announced that new bike repair stations are being installed at Riverside Park, Roger Williams Park and Burnside Park.

Cyclovia 2014 will be coming to Providence next month, as well. There will be events all across the city including one on Sunday, June 29 on Broad St. between Thurbers Ave. and Prairie Ave. from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All bicyclists are encouraged to take the following safety measures when biking:

  • Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction that you are traveling
  • Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings
  • Look before you change lanes or signal a turn
  • Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns

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