RIOC Should Clear Promenade for Pedestrians

August 16, 2018

To the Editor:


​​Since RIOC’s new offices opened at 680 Main Street, the organization’s employees have begun parking in front of the Queens-facing entrance.


I understand how a convenient parking spot is a limited commodity on the Island, but these RIOC vehicles are obstructing the narrow promenade in front – used by pedestrians, bikers, joggers, scooters, strollers, etc.


 They are probably doing this to keep the access-roadway clear for Public Safety vehicles. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s an unacceptable excuse. RIOC employees work for Island residents, and we do not deserve to have our infrastructurally-challenged promenade further obstructed by these vehicles.

RIOC should instruct the staff to park short of the promenade. Better yet, they should extend the yellow poles immediately north of 680 Main Street to cover this de facto new parking lot (see image below). I do not trust RIOC employees to self-regulate. 



I’m also concerned about promenade obstruction in narrow locations by proliferation of fishermen. In narrow spots on the Queens side, they can take up the entire width with 3-4 fishing poles. The poles are hard to see – and easy to run into.


Maybe RIOC could restrict fisherman to a few areas along the promenade where it is wider, such as Lighthouse Park (already a popular spot for them). But the ferry dock and northeast corner of Cornell campus, it’s quite narrow, and they are a hazard to pedestrians, cyclists and more. Could RIOC paint “designated fishing areas” right onto the promenade – sort of like a parking spot? I’m sure the fisherman will hate this, but that doesn’t make it a bad idea.




Scott Piro

RIRA recording secretary – in a private capacity as a concerned Island resident and promenade jogger

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