WEST GREENWICH, R.I. — Within the Big River Management Area, the use of motorized vehicles is restricted, according to the area’s policies. But last month, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) allowed Rhody Rovers MC to host an enduro motorcycle race at the largest publicly owned land parcel in the state.
DEM issues these permits for restricted activities “on a limited basis and with conditions,” according to Michael Healey, the agency’s chief public affairs officer. Special-use permits are free unless the event requires a police detail. Rhody Rovers did not need a detail for its June 19 race,