Nature & Outdoors

The Pontiac Secondary Bike Path and Its Place in the Solar System

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by Josh Wood Tuesday January 26, 2010

Map Showing the Pontiac Secondary Rail Spur
The proposed Pontiac Secondary Bike Path would arc from Cranston to Warwick along an abandoned Providence and Worcester freight rail bed. Currently the trail is shrouded in Japanese Knotweed and tall grass, but it has the potential to connect to the planned South Elmwood Bike Path in Eastern Cranston, and could link to the future transit oriented development district centered around a commuter rail station in the Wellington industrial area.

Bike Paths of central Rhode IslandThe Pontiac Spur Bike Path would also make a key connection to the Washington Secondary Bike Path. This is the trail that includes the Cranston Bike Path, and runs all the way to Coventry (or all the way to Connecticut if you’re a mountain biker). Eventually that same path will deliver you to Florida, as more pieces of the East Coast Greenway, the bicyclists’ Appalachian Trial, are built.

Lately it seems the Pontiac Secondary Bike Path has been upstaged by Cranston’s financial matters of consequence and the mesmerizing pink glow of any number of flamingo lawn ornaments, but it would be great to see this project finally get into – gear.

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Tuesday August 28, 2012

The Night Skies in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park offers an island of darkness perfect for viewing the revolving dome of the night sky. Photographers and astronomers are drawn to the park where the Milky Way is so bright it casts shadows.

It’s amazing how much we miss under the orange glow of the street lights.


Friday September 24, 2010

Open Space Up For Grabs

Hey, Floating Deer Head here. I just wanted to let you know that there’s an opportunity for Cranston to protect 50 acres of farmlands and forest on Natick Avenue. The proposal is up for review at this Monday’s city council meeting at 7pm in City Hall. Details on the click.


Friday August 27, 2010

The Season of Bugs

So if you live anywhere near a tree, a garden or a patch of grass, you probably hear what reminds you of a soundtrack to a jungle movie outside your window. They're bugs, and they're great. They really get rolling in the humid August weather and then crescendo towards the end of the month. You possibly also hear your neighbors. They're not in this guide. Re-posted from last year. more

Sunday June 6, 2010

Rough Weather Later Today

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the weather could get all Wizard of Oz this afternoon. If you’re lounging in the kiddie pool or making divots on the links – respect the thunder and head to shelter. Along with the threat of wind and hail, Rhode Island is also... more

Thursday June 3, 2010

This Weekend: Kill Plants

Most nature walks demand a reverence for plants. A special nature walk this Saturday encourages you to smash them. More from Steve Stycos: Unusual Hike A little known pond full of spadderdock, Cranston’s finest graffiti, signs of the flood and a chance to smash invasive species will all be part of a... more