Cyclists wanting a clear ride on state bike paths during the winter will have to wait until the snow melts.
The Chief of Rhode Island State Parks, Robert Paquette, says the state does not clear bike paths during the winter. “You know, people use them more for cross country skiing in the winter so we don’t plow them, liability reasons. We don’t use salt because a lot of them go to water areas. And so there are many different reasons why we don’t plow our bike paths.”
Paquette adds the parks department will make sure the paths are clear in time for spring riding.
In Cranston, city officials are reminding residents they are required to shovel their sidewalks. Residents have 24 hours from when the snow stops to clear the sidewalks outside their homes.
Mayor Allan Fung says the city has not cited anyone for violating the citywide ordinance. “But we will cite if we have to and have the authority under the ordinance for those willful type violations. You know, completely ignoring the warnings from the officers or anything, you know, ridiculous.”