UPDATED: Petition on Re-Striping Eaton Street

A Follow-Up to Two Recent Community Meetings


Dear Neighbors,

Recently the City of Providence, without notice, community engagement or public input, re-striped the traffic travel lanes on Eaton Street. This unilateral action by the City’s administration created more dangerous and hazardous conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike.

I want to thank those of you who were available to attend the two meetings we’ve held at St. Pius V church to address neighborhood concerns about these unexpected and dangerous changes to Eaton Street. During these meetings, many of our neighbors expressed dismay at the changes that were made without their input and made clear what changes they feel would best improve overall safety on this very busy street — namely wider driving lanes for vehicles and a modest yet safe bike lane for cyclists. As your Councilperson, I believe it’s important you have a say in how your City works. To make sure that happens, please consider taking one (or both) of the following actions:


1. Call the Mayor’s office at 401-680-5000 and let them know your thoughts about this planned project.

2. Sign the petition that's been drafted to request the plan be changed to include wider driving lanes for vehicles and the addition of a modest, yet safe, bike lane for cyclists.


It is my hope that we can come to agreement with the Mayor on a plan for an Eaton Street that is safe and a place of pride for it's residents. To that end, a meeting has been tentatively scheduled for October 2, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the St. Pius V Church. Please plan to attend this meeting and share your concerns with the Planning Department about the current plan and the impacts the proposed changes will have on neighborhood residents.

I will keep you abreast of any developments and updates about the upcoming meeting.


Jo-Ann Ryan,