Today was an important day for a future Aquidneck Island Bike Path. Huge thanks to Rep Peter Martin and the volunteers of the Old Colony & Newport Railway (OCNRR) for taking us on a 4-hour “long ride” of the island’s rail corridor. An incredible group of knowledgeable and interested representatives from all three towns, considering the landscape, the challenges and all the studies conducted over the last decade. Can we get this project rolling? We certainly hope so. For our health, economy, environment and quality of life of residents and visitors alike.
Pictured l-r: Allison McNally (Bike Newport), Stephen Miller (formerly Rail Trail Conservancy), Chuck Flippo (OCNRR), Christina Erwin (Bike Newport / Newport Bicycle), Don Elbert (OCNRR Exec Dir), Eric Weis (Trail Program Coordinator, East Coast Greenway Alliance), Art Weber (Middletown Town Council President), Bart Grimes (Administrator, Newport Hospital), Dick Adams (AIPC Chair), Bari George (President, Bike Newport), Sam Jernigan (Bike Newport), Steve Heath (Vice President, Bike Newport), Gary Crosby (Portsmouth Town Planner), Evan Smith (Exec Dir Newport and Bristol Visitors Bureau), Rep Peter Martin (RI House of Representatives) Not pictured, photographer Tom Shevlin (Editor, Newport This Week) and Chris Tompsett (Bike Newport)