Pleasant Valley Parkway, tucked behind Chalkstone Avenue, is one of the nicest things about Providence. Designed by Olmsted and Associates, it’s quiet and tree-filled and lined with some of the nicest houses in town. (And by nicest I mean most aesthetically pleasing, not just that they’re big. Although some of them are pretty spacious.)
There’s just one problem: The parkway is two-way. Which means that traffic runs in both directions on both sides of the road. It’s really counterintuitive and poorly marked out, so locals drive up and down both sides of the road and everybody else creeps confusedly down the middle.
There have been some accidents along the road lately, and residents are pushing the city to turn the road into a one-way with a running/bike lane, sort of like what happened on Blackstone Boulevard recently. It makes sense, since Pleasant Valley has a lot of runners and there’s only occasional sidewalks. And while there aren’t so many bikers as there on on, say, Broadway, they do exist.
Anyway. There’s a meeting on Monday with Councilman Solomon and some people from the neighborhood. Capitol Ridge (700 Smith St) at 7pm. I thought I’d pass the info along since today is National Bike To Work Day and, since I’m working out of my apartment, I don’t really have any other way of participating.