The Great Streets Initiative is based on one guiding principal: that every street in Providence should be safe, clean, healthy, inclusive, and vibrant. Our streets are our largest public asset, covering over 13% of Providence’s total land area (over 1,500 acres), and play a central part in shaping our neighborhoods and impact that the way we live, work, play, and move around our city. From our city’s early days as one of New England’s bustling industrial hubs to today, these streets have helped people move goods, access services, and form community. Our streets are the threads that knit the fabric of our city together, and they can be so much more for all of us.
To kick off the PVD Great Streets Initiative, we hosted 12 community meetings throughout March. During these meetings, we gathered feedback from community members about what Great Streets means to them and particular areas where traffic calming, safety improvements for people walking and riding bicycles, trail connections, and streetscape improvements are needed. Community members were invited to attend any and all community meetings planned throughout the month of March. Stay tuned for an online interactive map to view feedback from these meetings and provide your own input, launching in mid-April!
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Draft Interactive Map
In Spring 2019, the City of Providence hosted 12 neighborhood meetings to gather input on the Providence Great Streets Initiative during which we collected over 275 comments from over 180 attendees about topics ranging from traffic calming to street lighting to bike lanes. Since then, we’ve translated those ideas into a draft interactive map for public comment. This draft map presents initial recommendations for proposed Great Streets Improvement Projects and the proposed Urban Trail Network. We need your help to refine these initial ideas and form the basis for the final Great Streets Master Plan!
What are Great Streets Improvement Projects? Great Streets Improvement Projects include streets or intersections where improvements are needed related to traffic calming, speed reduction, safety for people walking and riding bicycles, or streetscape enhancements like lighting, street trees, trash cans, recycling bins, bike racks, landscaping, benches are needed or desired. These projects may or may not overlap with the Urban Trail Network. The inclusion of these projects is based on community feedback gathered thus far, crash history, and other data.
What is the Urban Trail Network? The Urban Trail Network is a proposed network of paths that connect every Providence neighborhood to safe and comfortable places for people walking, running, riding bicycles, scootering, skateboarding, or using other non-automobile options. Urban trails are on or off-street paths that are safe, comfortable, and easily accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Where possible the Network will consist of off-road paths like extensions to the Blackstone Bike Path or East Bay Bike Path. On busy streets, urban trails will be fully separated and protected from vehicle traffic. On smaller neighborhood streets, we will use a combination of traffic calming and wayfinding signage to create neighborhood greenways which will connect residents to the larger Urban Trail Network.
Using the interactive map (available in both English and Spanish), you can view the draft recommendations, show your support for specific ideas, make additional comments, and view comments and suggestions from other community members. Click directly on segments shown on the map to view details about the draft recommendations and share your opinion or comments. See something missing or have other ideas? Use the “Draw Additional Ideas” tool on the left of the mapper to suggest additional intersections or routes that need improvement.
Great Streets Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
The Pavillion at Grace Church, 300 Westminster Street
During this public meeting we will present a draft of the Great Streets Master Plan and seek further public input on proposed infrastructure improvements and policy initiatives that will help make every Providence street a great street.
- Schedule of neighborhood meetings in March 2019
- Neighborhood meeting presentation in English and in Spanish
- More documents will be available here as they become available
Alex Ellis, Principal Planner
Stay tuned for additional information!
Whenever possible, the City brings the planning process to existing community gathering places. This includes attending standing community meetings, tabling at special events, and canvassing out in the neighborhood. If you are interested in having City staff or our Street Ambassadors conduct outreach at your event, please contact Alex Ellis at 401-680-8522 or