- Associated Press - Saturday, March 18, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is spending $10 million to create new bike paths and improve safety and connectivity across the state’s bikeway network.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says it’s the first wave of investments to be paid for using funding from the $35 million Green Economy Bond, which passed in November.

The 10 bikeway projects were chosen from around Rhode Island and will create over 10 new miles of path.

Raimondo says improving bikeways is a smart investment. She says amenities like these help attract people and businesses to the state. There are more than 60 miles of bike path in Rhode Island.

The projects include improvements to three segments of the Blackstone River Bikeway and the addition of bike route markings statewide in urban areas. Completion is expected within three years.

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