2017-09-14 / News

Cyclists on bridges not expected to impact traffic

Although hundreds of bicyclists are expected to traverse the iconic bridges of Narragansett Bay Sunday, the riders are expected to have a minimal effect on traffic, a spokeswoman for the event said.

According to spokeswoman Lisa McCurdy, the 26-mile race begins at 7 a.m. from the Boston Neck Road park-and-ride and finishes at the Roger Williams University campus in Bristol. McCurdy works for Gray Matter Marketing, a Portsmouth firm co-sponsoring the 4 Bridges Ride with the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

“Since it’s early on Sunday, we don’t expect too much of an impact,” she said.

McCurdy said the right-hand lanes on the Verrazzano and Pell bridges will be coned off for riders, but the left lanes will remain open for vehicles. There is a bicycle lane on the Sakonnet River span and riders will be escorted across the Mount Hope Bridge with traffic following behind the bicycles, she said.

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