Archives : Dec-2015

03

Dec

Welcome to Cycle Tracks, RIBike’s bi-weekly email newsletter. While our tummies still remember the Thanksgiving cornucopia and we’re yearning for a fire to gather round with family for the holidays, now is a busy time for bikes in Rhode Island.Read More

02

Dec

Yesterday at the ECRI roundtable with RIDOT Deputy Director Pete Garino, we got a lot of clarifying responses about bike & transit projects and the forthcoming 10-year Transportation Improvement Plan: The “Blackstone River Bikeway Segment 1A” would connect the southernRead More

26

Nov

1. Citizen transportation activism in Rhode Island is as strong as it’s ever been. Our coalition is growing each day, and our voice for safer, more comfortable, and more accessible bicycling is getting stronger every week. Join the party! 2.Read More

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Nov

2015 has been a banner year!

Bike Newport continues to gain traction on the roads, in the community, and around the region. Our “By the Numbers” card details exciting progress: more bike education, more bike infrastructure, and more bike riders. That’s the Bike Newport story – MORE and BETTER bicycling.

No matter why you ride, or even if you don’t ride, you’ll love the community we’re working to create. A bike-friendly Newport will also be a kid-, pedestrian-, elder-, business-, and environment-friendly Newport. Newport will be a better community for motorists, as well. We’re working to educate all road users about safety – better bicyclists, better pedestrians, and better motorists.

Our efforts are all based on a three-part promise of more and better infrastructure, education, and ridership:

On the road to this bike-friendly vision, we’re working toward more bike lanes, more bike parking, better bike routes, better bike education, better road sharing, and, yes, dedicated bike paths on Aquidneck Island – starting with the First Mile. We will hold our course until we have connected the North End with the center of town, and we have afforded our residents and visitors a healthful and enjoyable way to arrive in Newport walking and biking. That First Mile of bike path will be one more step on the path to a bikeable and walkable island – for transportation and for recreation. We can do this – with your help. We can hold our course and continue to strengthen our partnerships, deepen our traction, and advance our progress.

Please support us today. Because dreaming bike-friendly is easy. But funding bike-friendly is hard.

Every contribution helps! Donations are tax-deductible.
Contributions over $50 will receive a free Bike Newport 2016 membership.

Join us, visit us, be part of the action.

Take a class, rescue a bike, come for a community ride, share your road knowledge, mark the maps, teach a kid to ride or to keep her tires inflated, help park some of the 3,369 bikes at the Folk Festival! Stop by our HQ at 437 Broadway any time and say hello. Grab a Newport Bike Map and a Commuter Guide while you’re here. Visit our Bike Garages and get a tour of the inventory, learn a little about wheel truing from an expert, or how to fix a flat from a recent basic bike maintenance graduate. Bear witness to the crowd of kids circling Miantonomi Park on Bike Library bikes.

We need your help to make it all happen! To keep us in the saddle and at the tables where decisions are made. We need your help to keep the doors open to our Bike Library, the tools busy at our Bike Garages, the routes shared in our Bike Map, the spotlight on local and statewide Bike Plans, and funding for safer on-road biking as well as multi-use paths.

If you have ideas, questions, feedback, please reach out to us. Our email is info@bikenewportri.org. Our phone number is (401) 619-4900.

Explore this website – it’s chock full of great information, maps, and resources.

THANK YOU! For your support, and for being part of Bike Newport.

Bike Newport Board:

Dawn Euer, Chair; Allison McNally, Vice Chair; Don Jagoe, Treasurer; Laura Murphy, Secretary; Sarah Atkins, Renee Kaminitz, Peter Harty, James Ryan, Chip Young

Bike Newport Staff:

Bari Freeman, Executive Director; Mark Chesterton, Director of Education; Liza Burkin, Program Manager

The post Dreaming Bike-Friendly is Easy. Building Bike-Friendly is Hard. appeared first on Bike Newport.

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Nov

PROVIDENCE – On Tuesday evening, volunteers with the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition handed out more than 50 bike lights as part of the Coalition’s Light Up the Night program. At two locations around Providence, volunteers watched for bicyclists passing byRead More

16

Nov

Welcome to Cycle Tracks, RIBike’s bi-weekly email newsletter. It may be getting colder outside, but things are heating up for bike in Rhode Island! Here’s what’s going on: Bike the Night has been going great! We’ve had nearly 50 people both times.Read More

02

Nov

Federal transportation bill On Wednesday & Thursday of this week, the U.S. House of Representatives are going to vote on the transportation bill, including up to three votes to cut eligibility for biking projects! Our congressional delegation has always been wonderful onRead More

27

Oct

Photo: Gus LeSaffre on Sakonnet Bridge Bike Lane  / by David Hansen, Newport Daily News 

On Friday, 10/23/15, RIDOT released the much-anticipated Ten Year Plan –a body of recommendations for statewide transportation priorities. The Ten Year Plan makes recommendations for the TIP.

The Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) is the list of transportation projects that the state intends to implement. It is overseen by Rhode Island’s federally-mandated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) – the State Planning Council.

Here’s what we can so far expect from both documents:

The RIDOT Ten Year Plan

RIDOT’s Ten Year Plan makes recommendations for priority projects and budgets. The Plan provides scenarios both with and without Rhode Works, the proposed funding plan that introduces truck tolls, specifically to increase funds for bridge repairs.
The Ten Year Plan is asset management focused, and dedicates early funds to urgent bridge repairs in response to the severely compromised condition of the state’s bridges.
With the limited exception of bridges that include both bikes and cars, the Ten Year Plan addresses bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in two general line items –

$129.7M is budgeted for Transportation Alternatives that include bike, pedestrian, Safe Routes to School, recreational trails, and retrofit sidewalks to meet ADA requirements.
$5M is recommended for incentives to choose transportation alternatives such as transit passes, vanpools, bike opportunities, and employer incentives.

The TIP (Transportation Improvement Plan)

The current TIP for years 2013-2016, expires in September 2016.
The next TIP will serve years 2017-2025, with proposed annual reviews and updates.
The invitation to submit applications for the next TIP will be released soon.
Applicants will be alerted as to which projects from the prior TIP have been resubmitted by RIDOT and which projects will need to be resubmitted by an applicant.
As no bike projects are specifically detailed in RIDOT’s Ten Year Plan and therefore are not resubmitted by RIDOT, all bike projects from the previous TIP will have to be resubmitted by the applicants, even if they were identified as high priority.
Applicants will receive guidance in public workshops and from staff at the Statewide Planning Program.
Each applicant organization and/or community will RANK priorities for their municipal area, including RIDOT’s recommended projects, along with the new and resubmitted projects included in their application.
There will be a public process to review all projects submitted.

Bari Freeman, Bike Newport’s Executive Director, is a member of the state’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), a key advisory group participating in the development of the TIP. She has requested that the RESUBMIT process be spelled out very specifically in all correspondence and in the Application Guide so all stakeholders are fully aware that bicycle infrastructure projects from the previous TIP must be resubmitted.

Again, the Ten Year Plan can be viewed, downloaded, and searched HERE.

The post The Ten Year Plan and the Next TIP appeared first on Bike Newport.

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Oct

On Friday, RIDOT released its plan for what the Raimondo administration thinks are the priorities for where transportation investment should go in Rhode Island over the next ten years. The Coalition has been following these developments closely, and continues toRead More

15

Oct

Come one, come all! The Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition is holding its 2015 Annual Meeting this coming Monday, October 19th, from 6-8pm at 10 Davol Square in Providence, Social Enterprise Greenhouse. We will hear about all the new things happeningRead More