Pedal power helps riders at Four Bridges Ride

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Pea-soup fog did little to deter the 950 cyclists that pedaled over four of Rhode Island’s bridges on Sunday during the 5th annual Four Bridges Ride.

The ride, sponsored by the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority Foundation, benefited Save the Bay. Gray Matter Marketing produced the event.

Riders began the journey at 7 a.m. from North Kingstown. The route then crossed the Jamestown Verazanno Bridge, taking riders across Connanicut Island to the Pell Bridge and into Newport.

After following the ride route up the west side of Aquidneck Island through Middletown, riders then turned east into Portsmouth to cross the Sakonett Bridge to a turnaround point. 

They then returned to the Sakonett Bridge a second time before heading to the Mt. Hope Bridge, where police escorts brought the riders across the final of the four bridges to finish at Roger Williams University in Bristol. 

“Participating in the ride was fantastic,” said rider Maryann Donnelly, a rider from Warwick. “I can’t believe how safe the course was.”

For more information, visit A date for the 2018 ride will be announced soon. 

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