Bike Path Survey Feed
The following comments were submitted by respondees who also agreed to be listed as a supporter of this survey.
From respondees who choose a combined bike path / pedestrian walkway.
"You have my admiration. I would like to see a walkway around Ocean Drive - a line painted to separate non-motorized traffic - but haven't the time to pursue it, as you have. Thank you. [I am a walker.]" Constance Metcalf
Newport
"The American Disability [Act] requires that pedestrian walkway must be accessible to w.c. user[s]." DJ Hammadou
Newport
"I think the Bike Path is an excellent idea." Jimmy Winters
Newport
"I do not fully under the implications of removing both sides of the tracks. If this track is used for the dinner train, then I vote for removing only the West track." Andrew Lloyd
Newport
"Sounds like an excellent opportunity for our community! Laura Perry
Newport
"Not safe riding for pleasure on streets, w/children especially. Need bike path so we can 'site see' rather than making sure no on hits us". Kathleen Viveiros
Middletown
"It's important not to sacrifice sacrifice any jobs in favor of a bike path! James Smith
Newport
"To remove all of the tracks and take away the operating train would degrade the island's history." Kristine Smith
Newport
"We need to have more bike paths and pedestrian walkways! They will enhance our quality oflife, hence they are economically a smart investment." Alberto Coll
Newport
"I think a multi-use is possible for trains and bikes.". Evan Smith
Jamestown
"Keep both - everyone will be happy.". Heather Ryan
Newport
"I think a Bike/Walkway would be best + would help clean up the track area". Ian McIntyre
Newport
"Bike path is a good idea - though retaining the train is important". Eric Bronner
Newport
"Wonderful Idea. We should have a bike path here years ago." Phil Dey
Newport
"Good Idea! Keep up the good work!." Brian Sullivan
Newport
"I love exercise and the bike path is a very valuable asset." Joe Ford
Newport
"I think this service is much needed. It should go all the way to Portsmouth." John Newton
Newport
"The train has historical importance and value. Bike paths are fantasic community builders and provide revenue for the city. Just look at Bristol's bike path." Adam Donaldson
Jamestown
"A bike path is great entertainment for families. Also Great exercise.". Susan DeSantis
Middletown
"I am pro-mass transit (rail) for bringing visitors to Newport / Aquidneck Island. I "love" the East Bay bike path. - I am pro any bike path project". Brian Leatherman
Newport
"Separate walkway is necessary". Jessee Burhnect
"This is a gret idea! I feel it will attract more people to the train and make the area more attractive". M. Sabins
Newport
"The west track is a waste of space, when ony one track is needed. Having a fence run through the two sections will also create a safer area to walk, run, or ride a bike". Sara E. Aguiar
Newport
"I think it would be a great thing to make a bike path. It is very dangerous for bicyclists on the West Main Rd. in Middletown. I would love to see that happen. Tiffiny Palmer
Middletown
"Plant edible species of trees, bushes, etc. Edward J. Paradise
Newport
"I like the idea of the east track for Dinner Train. I like the ambiance of trains". Gino Martinelli
Middletown
"I'm an avid bicyclist and feel strongly about a bike path in Newport". Rebecca Grinnel
Portsmouth
"I am a strong advocate of bike paths wherever possible in Newport and on Aquidneck Island. The terrain and weather are very supportive of biking and we could certainly use alternate forms of transportation, given the traffic density. It is also a tourist attraction. So I would like to see a bike path but also retain the ability to run a train into Newport. Fixed rail is a great way to deal with traffic, and it would be an enhancement to traffic and business travel to have a train that would go to Boston and Providence". Janne Sahady
Newport
"The path would allow people to safely explore some of the more picturesque and obscure areas of the island. People bring money. More accessibility would lend itself to simpler and more cost effective development and maintainance". L. McCoy
Foxboro, MA
"I think this is the best scenario...a way to bike or walk to the rotary from the Point or downtown and preserve our historic railway...". Leslie Henry
Newport
"Please Keep Farewell Street for two way traffic.". Christopher R. Scott
Newport
From respondees who would remove both rails and make it a bike path / pedestrian walkway.
"Build parking North (Melville Marina) and extend bike path all the way to Newport - Connect to Bristol - East Bay Path. Releive parking in Newport." Michael Corcoran
Newport
"The "bike path" in existense is an insult. I've even called Jack Reed about it." Evelyn Diaz Parkos Ferretti
Middletown
"Newport is so beautiful, it would be nice to have a safe place to walk, rollerblade, or ride a bike." Jennifer Romagnolo
Newport
"Newport is a small city. We do not need more cars!". We do need more planning for smooth flow of traffic, and alternative transport. - Keep Newport Clean!" Melanie Preston
Newport
"Fantastic Idea & long overdue.". Joseph Gleason
From respondees who checked first option, i.e., Do nothing, leave the tracks exactly as they are.
"My concern is the loss of any railroad tracks maay be the 1st step towards creating another vehicular roadway. Tax $ should be spent repairing existing roadways." Tim Friend
Newport
"Bike paths bring families - children. A short divider does nothing. You are leaving yourself open for a dangerous situation. Kids can be killed and so can adults. It's too close together, not safe. Find another place for your bike path. Do the Ocean Driv. - go in the direction of the Bird Sanctuary." Maureen Desmarais
Newport
From respondees who would like to see a South Bound Road and one rail track.
"I prefer at least one rail track to stay in place to the RR station in Newport. The train from days gone by is attractive in the context of historic Newport. It would lose a lot of its attractiveness if the station were moved to the Play House area.

A bike path / pedestrian walkway would sound attractive IF there were a destination in the Adm.Kalbfus area, but there is none. Not many people will want to walk or bike to the shopping center.

My daughter pushes me to get back into biking. Would I use that bike path? Probably not much: The reason is that I would definitely prefer to walk or bike on Washington Street that is much prettier than the trackside.

Remove the tracks and build a road into Newport? It is desirable to utilize the dead end road from the bridge ramp to the cemetery with a tie-in to America’s Cup Avenue as part of the redesign of the ramps, rotary, and Connell Highway. This redesign is necessary in any case, and building the road would certainly help clean up the traffic mess in that area. I don’t know if sacrificing one track would yield enough width to build a one-lane way into Newport nor do I know if there is any part of the cemetery that can be used for the road without a public outcry.

I suppose that a one-lane off-ramp extension into America’s Cup Ave. would improve the traffic since the avenue continues with one lane Southbound anyway. It might even be preferable to a two-lane road that would cause congestion at the merge onto the avenue. The one-lane access would have the additional advantage that it would not entice additional traffic into town for which there is no parking.

In conclusion, I would like to see

  • the train station remain in its present location, possibly reduced to one rail track;
  • a one-lane bridge ramp extension lead into America’s Cup Avenue (in lieu of the second track)
  • reduced traffic on Washington Street with biking enhancements though not necessarily a real bike path."
Gunther Hausen
Middletown
From respondees who checked first and fourth options.
"Last thing we need is more vehicles downtown! Make the overweight tourists leave their cars and walk or bike to town". Chris Heaton
Newport
From respondees who checked first and last options.
"either of the two above". Mary Nalor
Newport
From respondees who checked fourth and last options.
"Utilize our [Newport's] natural resources - increase our land's value".
"I would love to cycle on a path and not a main street to Newport."
Valerie Norbury
Portsmouth
From respondees who did not choose any of the options.
"Trolley System as defined by the Foundation for Newport". Jim Osborn
Newport
"Put a bike path alongside the tracks. Leave them as we'll need them to move people / commuters + tourists." John W. Nelson III
Newport
Please accept this as an open forum. If you have any additional ideas, please email them to me. I will be happy to add them to this list.