Blackstone River Greenway and Bikeway Access

The Blackstone River Greenway was conceived of as including a 48-mile long bikeway connecting Worcester, MA, to Providence, RI. Running the length of the National Heritage Corridor, the bikeway would follow along the Blackstone River and/or Canal wherever possible. It has been a legacy project for the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, which has been championing it for many years as one of its top priorities. Like all major Corridor projects, this is a partnership projects, with major partners including state transportation and environmental agencies, which have assumed lead responsibility for planning, design, construction and management. BHC’s contributions include technical planning assistance, especially in the early stages, assistance in securing federal and state matching funding, and public outreach and coordination with local communities.

Map of Bikeway

Continued Growth

Besides connecting 14 cities and towns in the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, the Greenway also links the Blackstone River and the historic Blackstone Canal to form the Riverway, a corridor within the Corridor that will ultimately offer unique opportunities for residents and visitors alike to experience history, enjoy nature and engage in a variety of recreational activities. The Blackstone River Greenway will also connect to the already completed East Bay Bike Path, allowing users to continue to Bristol (an ultimately) Newport, RI.

Bike Safety

The League of American Bicyclists 5 Rules of the Road are the core of the Smart Cycling program and will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding.

  1. Follow the Law: You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey all traffic signals and stop signs.
  2. Be Predictable: Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
  3. Be Conspicuous: Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Make eye contact with others.
  4. Think Ahead: Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles.
  5. Ride Ready: Check your tires, brakes, chain, and quick release levers. Always wear a helmet.