Archives : Dec-2015



Christmas came on wheels this year for Newporter Niko Merritt and her children, Jayden, Ian, and Gianna.  When they arrived at Bike Newport HQ on Tuesday the 23rd, there were four brand new bikes waiting – and helmets and locks – thanks to the generosity of the Newport Run and Chug Club and partygoers at their annual holiday party, and with the help of Newport Bicycle.

Every year, the Run and Chug hosts a party where they celebrate the season and raise money for a special gift in the community. This year, they decided to surprise a deserving family with a set of new bikes. 

Jeff Heimiller, the president of the group called Bike Newport to ask if we knew a family that would enjoy a set of bikes, and we said “Oh boy, do we.”

Niko is a dedicated and thoughtful member of the community. When she’s not busy with her kids or working at Baby Steps at the Florence Gray Center, she’s giving her time to other women and families in the community. She also serves as a resident consultant to the Education and Economic Opportunity committees of the Newport HEZ project – standing for Health Equity Zones – run by Newport’s Women’s Resource Center.

Since last year, Niko has planned to earn bikes for her family at Bike Newport’s Bike Garage, but her busy schedule made it difficult. When Jeff asked for a suggestion, it was obvious. We’re happy to see this gift go to Niko and her kids; and we’re grateful to Jeff and the Run and Chug Club for their generosity and delightful community spirit.

Huge thanks to the Run and Chug Club – who also generously contributed to Bike Newport, so we can continue to collect, restore, and distribute bikes throughout the community.

From Niko and the Bike Newport family to you and yours –  wishes for bike happiness in the new year!

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Meet Mary Ellen Lynch – our new Program Director.

Mary Ellen became a bike commuter when she lived in Boston and discovered that the trip from home in Somerville to work in Kenmore Square was much more enjoyable on her bike than by car or train. It wasn’t far from that daily ride to her first four-day AIDS Ride from New York to Boston. Newport is tame by comparison!

During her ten years plus working in the non-profit sector, Mary Ellen has focused much of her time working with immigrants and refugees in Providence. While serving as Director of Community Outreach at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, she developed a partnership with Recycle-A-Bike to connect newly arrived refugees with bicycles – providing them with with transportation to work and a fine way to explore their new city. Mary Ellen also served as Director of Welcoming Rhode Island, an initiative to bridge the divide between foreign-born newcomers and native-born Rhode Islanders to foster a more inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.

Most recently Mary Ellen worked with Year Up Providence helping to close the opportunity divide by assisting urban young adults with gaining access to higher education and employment. She continues to lead the “YUnited Women’s Network”, empowering lady alums of the Year Up program to inspire leadership and support community engagement. In addition to community organizing, Mary Ellen is an educator and has served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching International Relations at Quinebaug Valley Community College.

Mary Ellen has extensive experience cultivating relationships with a wide-ranging group of individuals, organizations, and corporations and looks forward to contributing to the growth of Bike Newport’s community partnerships. A Newport resident, and long-time Bike Newport supporter, she’s excited to play a leading role in building this bike friendly community.

Please join us in welcoming Mary Ellen to Bike Newport!

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Lucky Brooklyn!! Mr. Mark is packing up and heading to the Coolest Borough. Our loss, Brooklyn’s gain.

As we wish Mark, Megan, Lucy and Tiki well, we are committed to finding the exceptional educator who will keep Mark’s dream alive and take what he has built to the next level.

From our Bike Garages to the schools and neighborhoods, Bike Newport is busy educating and encouraging, spreading bikes, bike love, bike skills, and bike know-how.

The right candidate to jump in the saddle will be a dedicated educator who is personable, passionate, well-organized, detail-oriented, community loving, and a bike enthusiast supreme! Click HERE for details. Application deadline is January 4th.

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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



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



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



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 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

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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



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



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