Providence adding dedicated bus, bike lanes to enhance safety


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence Planning Department announced Wednesday that a number of traffic changes are coming to the downtown area in an effort to increase safety and efficiency.

A new web page launched Tuesday outlines the upgrades, which include green bike lanes, red bus lanes and shared bus/right turn lanes. It says the goal is to “help all road users (including cars, bikes, buses, and pedestrians) to coexist safely on our streets.”

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is working to create a bus-only lane that would stretch from Kennedy Plaza to the hospitals to help speed up bus service in the city.

In addition to the bus and bicycle lanes, the city says it plans to install dedicated traffic signals for buses and bicyclists that will work in conjunction with normal traffic signals. Officials hope the signals will help reduce crashes.

Safety enhancements will also be made to intersections in Fox Point and the city’s south side, according to Elorza’s office.

While the bus-only lanes are currently in the works, the city said the other improvements are still in the design phase and they are seeking input from residents.

It’s unclear at this time how much the improvements will cost the city.

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