Blackstone River Bikeway The Rhode Island Section
Rhode Island Department of Transportation & Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management have made great progress with a 11.5 mile off-road segment already open to the public. The completed segment begins in Woonsocket, RI and heads south through the towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, RI.
In Ashton, RI, the Bikeway follows the route of the Blackstone Canal for three miles, mostly on top of the historic towpath. While at Ashton, visit the Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum, a newly opened museum and visitor center adjacent to the Bikeway that offers free tours. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management manages the Rhode Island segments which have already become a popular recreation destination.
Interim on-road routes stretch north to the Museum of Work and Culture, and south to Providence, RI. While in Pawtucket, RI visit the Slater Mill, the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center. From here, one can follow city streets into Providence to make a connection with the popular East Bay Bikepath that travels 14.5 miles along Narragansett Bay to the historic waterfront community of Bristol, RI.
Blackstone River Bikeway Patrol formed in Summer 2008. For information, go to: www.blackstonebikewaypatrol.org.
Did You Know?
Children as young as age six were hired to work in the textile mills of the Blackstone River Valley. These adolescent workers were employed by the Lonsdale Company, c. 1912. Photos such as this helped lead to the passage of child labor laws.