The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that the latest edition of the statewide bicycling map, Guide to Cycling in the Ocean State 2011-2012, is now available.
The new bike map highlights more than 50 miles of off-road bikeways across Rhode Island's network of eight major bike paths. The map includes RIDOT's newest bike paths such as the 2.5-mile Quonset Bike Path and the 1-mile Warren Bike Path, and new bike path segments on the Blackstone River Bikeway, the Coventry Greenway (part of the Washington Secondary Bike Path) and the William C. O'Neill (South County) Bike Path. Designated parking lots for each path are also indicated on the map.
For experienced on-road cyclists, the map highlights hundreds of miles of roads marked as suitable and most suitable for cycling. The map also provides valuable information about steep grades and the direction of the uphill and downhill segments along these roads.
"RIDOT takes great pride in supporting the bicycling community and we're hoping all cyclists will pick up a copy of the map to take with them on their next ride," RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said.
The map is printed on a synthetic paper that is waterproof and tear resistant, and can be unfolded and refolded hundreds of times without ripping. This recyclable map was printed with environmentally-friendly vegetable oil inks. All scrap material leftover from printing was reground and extruded into material to make park benches and decking.
Copies of the Guide to Cycling in the Ocean State 2011-2012 are available by completing an online request form at www.dot.ri.gov/bikeri/maprequests/bikemaprequest.asp or by contacting RIDOT's Customer Service either by e-mail (CustomerService@dot.ri.gov) or by phone (401-222-2450). In addition, the map can be viewed or downloaded through the RIDOT web site at: www.dot.ri.gov/bikeri.
Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007