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Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Rhode Island

From Providence’s stunning architecture and rich culture to the surrounding mill villages and tranquil views of Narragansett Bay, the East Coast Greenway through Rhode Island is as unique and diverse as the Ocean State. The nearly 50-mile route through the state enters in the north from Massachusetts on the Blackstone River Bikeway. Ten miles of this trail are paved, largely following the right-of-way of the historic Blackstone Canal. The remainder of the trail to Pawtucket is on road but scheduled for development. Heading south from Pawtucket, the Greenway follows a series of well-chosen roadways into Providence, eventually reaching India Point Park at the head of Narragansett Bay.

From there, travelers can take a side trip along the 14-mile East Bay Bike Path for beautiful views of the bay or continue along a series of short off-road paths and select roadways through downtown Providence to reach the Cranston city line. The Cranston Bikepath, Warwick Greenway, West Warwick Greenway, and Coventry Greenway — all sections of the Washington Secondary Rail-Trail — provide 19 miles of continuous off-road travel. The westernmost portion of the Washington Secondary Rail-Trail, the 10-mile Trestle Trail, offers 4.8 miles of paved trail from the western terminus of the Coventry Greenway to Log Bridge Road. The remaining 5 miles are scheduled for completion over the next several years and will bring ECG users to the Connecticut border.

Current projects

The Rhode Island Committee for the East Coast Greenway is a sub-committee of the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RIBike). RIBike and the Rhode Island Committee consist of volunteers who coordinate route selection and undertake our advocacy efforts to move the Greenway ahead in the state. Current goals and projects include:

  • Advocating for trail construction in Providence, Coventry, and Woonsocket
  • Improving on-road routing
  • Connecting downtown Providence with the Washington Secondary Trail (redevelopment of the 6-10 connector will play a major role).

 

How to get involved

  1. Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance. As a member, you’ll receive monthly news and features about the Greenway and its development.
  2. “Friend” us. For news about the Greenway, timely event notices, and other updates, follow the East Coast Greenway Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  3. Contact us. Let us know of your interest in volunteering. Contact:
  • Molly Henry, New England Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, 610.348.4931
  • Matt Moritz, chair, Rhode Island Committee, 781.864.1181

 

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Our partners and supporters in Rhode Island

The East Coast Greenway Alliance is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in the state of Rhode Island. Partners include but are not limited to:

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