2013-08-01 / News

Bridges will be open to cyclists in September

On Sept. 15, cyclists can cross the Jamestown, Newport, Sakonnet River and Mount Hope bridges in a 26-mile charity ride.

The Pell and Verrazzano bridges are normally closed to bicycle traffic, and the new pedestrian path on the Sakonnet span will be ready just in time for the event. The ride is being sponsored by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

Hundreds of participants are expected to turn out for the scenic morning ride through seven coastal communities. Experienced riders will cross the Narragansett

Bay and Sakonnet River taking in some of the best views in the state.

The ride will begin at 7 a.m. in North Kingstown at the parkn ride. It will end just outside of Roger Williams University in Bristol. Cyclists can register at 4BridgesRide.com.

“This event will bring cyclists from across New England to the Ocean State,” said David Darlington, chairman of the bridge authority. “Bike enthusiasts will have a unique tour of Rhode Island waterways that has never been offered before.”

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