26 Oct Newport Bike Class: How to Ride in Traffic / Nov 8-12 Alternative Transportation, Bristol County, Commuting, Events, Newport County 26 Oct, 2011 bgeorge How to Ride in Traffic: 3-part class, Cost $45 Space Limited / REGISTRATION REQUIRED Please RSVP ASAP to email@example.com Taught by LAB certified instructors Wed 11/9 6-8pm at Newport Public Library Program Room Thurs 11/10 6-8pm at Newport Public Library Stride Room Sat 11/12 10am-3pm Location TBA Course Description: Traffic 101: Gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. Registration and Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 324-9690 « East Bay Bike Path Construction Newport Halloween Bike Ride, Sat 10/29 » 2 Comments Labann Oct 27, 2011 at 3:52 am Congrats to Bari George and her Bike Newport bunch for half page Tom Meade article in Providence Journal, October 27th, 2011. I hope Bike Newport realizes that so-called "bad bike behaviors" are directly proportional to poor city and road planning which caters exclusively to motorists and lacks proper pedicycling infrastructure. Teaching needs to be directed first and foremost to city officials, then motorists, and lastly bicyclists, who are constantly trained to fear cycling through marginalization and neglect. Bari Oct 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm Hi Labann. Thanks for your post. I didn't succeed in finding the article you referenced. I'm wondering if it was an excerpt of Tom's article about Bike Newport that appeared in September… In other news, the ingrained favoring of cars over bicycles is a core frustration. The good news is, the productive collaborative collaborative relationship we're developing with the city will hopefully correct that imbalance. It will take time … but we hope to see some tangible progress before the next summer season. As we work to improve both understanding and practice of sharing the road, we're addressing both motorists and cyclists. The influx of tourists in Newport is a special challenge. We've all been terrified by the free-for-all of folks hopping up and down off crowded sidewalks and zipping in and out of traffic while traveling the wrong way on narrow one way streets. At the same time, the frustration of drivers is often completely misdirected and uninformed. Just this week I was yelled at as I rode on Kay Street. "Hey! Get on the sidewalk!" (!!) We've really got our work cut out for us (!!) Bike Newport is working with the city, the police department and the resident population during the off-season to confirm the rules for sharing the road with all users of the road – motorists and cyclists alike – ie: same roads, same rules, same responsibilities. All users of the narrow and congested roads or our beautiful and historic city are best served by SHARING. I hope you've noticed the bicycle awareness signs that are going up around town. Thanks to NBW for the grant that makes the signs possible. 24 signs isn't yet enough, but like all else at the moment, it's a first step! And it's an important message to motorists – bicycles have as much right to be here as cars. Share the road. One step at at time – we're going to get there.