Four big bridges open to cyclists for one September day


Cyclists will be able to cross the Jamestown, Newport, Sakonnet and Mount Hope Bridges in a 26-mile charity ride on Sunday, September 15.

The Pell and Jamestown Bridges are normally closed to bicycle traffic, and the new Sakonnet Bridge pedestrian path is near completion just in time for this new event sponsored by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. 

Hundreds of participants are expected to turn out and enjoy this scenic morning ride through seven coastal communities.

The ride will begin at 7 a.m. in North Kingstown at the Park and Ride and end just outside of Roger Williams University in Bristol.  All participants must abide by the rules of the road throughout the course.

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

Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Matt Gray at 401-318-2991 or via email All net proceeds will benefit local charities.

For more information and to register, visit Follow ride activity on Twitter at @4BridgesRide and on Facebook at


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