City of Newport Achieves National Bike Friendly Community Status!

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City of Newport Achieves National Bike Friendly Community Status!

City of Newport Achieves National Bike Friendly Community Status!

Yesterday, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards and Newport has been named a Bronze BFC – the first BFC in the state of Rhode Island! Read the League’s front page story about Newport here.

“Newport is playing a critical role in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know Newport’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”

The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while benchmarking their progress toward improved bicycle-friendliness. There are now 291 BFCs in 48 states across America. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Newport’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in promotion, education, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

Newport is also the historic home of the bicycling movement. If you take a stroll through Touro Park off Bellevue Avenue, you’ll see this monument (pictured below), carved with the League’s winged wheel logo. Erected in 1980, it commemorates the founders of the League of American Wheelmen (now Bicyclists), who began their commitment to better and safer cycling in our own “City by the Sea.”

We are so proud to be returning to our two-wheeled roots! Look out for a full celebratory event and ride in November.

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3 thoughts on - City of Newport Achieves National Bike Friendly Community Status!

  • Mark Dieterich
    Oct 17, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Way to go Newport!

  • Resident Evil
    Nov 12, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Unless Newport has begun to provide bike lanes or something resembling bike infrastructure, I'd say they don't deserve it. Only Providence and Warwick are more bike inimicable in Rhode Island. And people have died there recently because of it.

  • Mark Dieterich
    Nov 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

    The designation is not just about bike lanes and infrastructure, it also has to do with support from the local government, involvement with the schools, interaction with the local businesses, etc. This is the first step of many. My understanding is that there are a few different levels (bronze, silver, gold, platinum perhaps?) and I'm sure Newport has a long way to go before reaching the higher echelons. That doesn't mean they don't deserve some credit though. It took some cycles from the local government to apply for the status, what other city in RI can you point to that's even done this? It's a designation that must be renewed each year and time will tell whether the city is serious about maintaining and improving their status. I for one hope this is only a first step and that we continue to see improvements for cyclists!