The Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RIBike) is pleased to announce the hiring of the organization’s first staff person, Alex Krogh-Grabbe, in the role of Program Director. Since 2010, RIBike has advocated for bicycling in the Ocean State with only aRead More
The Newport community is coming together to improve safety on our busy roads – and it all starts with a WAVE. Newport Waves is a new campaign to make the city’s streets safer. The proposition is for all road users – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, skateboarders, and others – to acknowledge one another with a simple, intuitive, and friendly gesture. A “Newport Wave.”
Featuring a cast of characters known to many, the campaign is a who’s who of Newport notables walking, biking, and driving. Together, the favorite community police officer (Jimmy Winters), the city’s surfing icon (Sid Abbruzzi), the Boston Marathon bomb survivor (Heather Abbott), the state’s Senate President (Theresa Paiva Weed), and the rest of the cast, all elicit smiles, nods of approval, and a readiness to do the wave.
City Councilor Lynn Ceglie attended the community meetings that led to the production of the Newport Waves campaign. “Now I wave all the time,” she shared with her fellow councilors, “and I wait for a response. There’s no question I feel safer.”
“When I saw the video, I immediately showed it to my daughters,” Councilor Naomi Neville reported. “This campaign is amazing and I’m going to vote to support it.”
A positive and entertaining 90-second video is at the heart of the campaign, and can be viewed at newportwaves.org. The video will play widely on web sites, on social media, and on screens citywide. Thirty-six Newport Waves street banners over select city travel routes will greet visitors and residents starting in early July. Posters, postcards, and table tents will begin appearing as businesses join the campaign.
“This is a community project. We all own it,” explained Bari Freeman, executive director of Bike Newport, the organization spearheading the campaign. “We’ll all use the resources we have to reach more and more people. We’ll create a culture shift for safety – with a wave, and a smile.”
Evan Smith, president of Discover Newport, the City’s Tourism Board, told a recent crowd that safety is a key element in making a destination popular. “Waving is intuitive. It’s positive and it’s friendly. And if it can save someone from being hurt, this campaign is so worth it.”
“It’s all about teaching our kids how to be safe on our roads,” shared Colleen Jermain, Superintendent of Schools.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make our streets safer for everyone,” announced Newport Police Sgt. Jonathan Cortes, another leader of the Newport Waves campaign partnership.
Among those community businesses already on board with Newport Waves are the Jane Pickens Theater, which will show the video before movies throughout the summer; Newport’s Hyatt Regency, which will play the video in all of its 258 guest rooms; and RIPTA, which will run the campaign in 70 busses.
“Safety on the roads is important for our guests and our employees and so we’ll do all we can to help get this message out,” said (Hyatt employee TBD).
“It’s short and it’s fun,” summed up Jane Pickens owner, Kathy Staab.
There are many other early campaign partners, including the Newport Visitors Center, Newport County YMCA, and the Newport Daily News. Interested businesses and organizations should visit www.newportwaves.org for more information. “Raise your hand if you’re in!” is the battle cry for Newport Waves.
The campaign was sparked by a federal grant “Safer Streets for All”, managed in Rhode Island by RI-HEALTH. The video was produced pro bono by Worldways Social Media of Newport. The banners will be funded by a Senate Legislative Grant from Newport native and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed. The “We Wave!” concept was created by Butler Brothers of Austin, TX. For more information and to see the campaign: visit www.newportwaves.org.
Join Bike Newport and hundreds of cyclists as we ride Newport County’s scenic coastline while celebrating the life and passion of Dr. Elliot Kaminitz. The third annual Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride will be held on June 21, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. With a range of distances from 6, 10 and 25 miles, riders of all levels can participate. We are also engaging young cyclists with a Kids “Tour de Fort”, sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. This youth program and activity area will be hosted inside the walls of Fort Adams State Park, which will provide a fun and safe environment for kids and parents to participate.
All three ride options start and finish inside Fort Adams State Park. Following the ride, food and beverages will be available for participants. Riders are encouraged to choose the distance that suits their abilities.
“There in Spirit”: Can’t get to Newport, but want to participate? Join us in spirit! Sign up and take a ride with your family and friends wherever you are on Father’s Day morning. Send us a photo and/or tag the Father’s Day Ride! Don’t let the distance keep you from supporting Elliot’s legacy of more, better and safer cycling.
This year, for the first time, no one will miss the ride for financial reasons. There is a “fee waiver request” on the registration form as well as the opportunity for riders to sponsor other riders. Everyone who wants to ride will be able to ride. Our goal is to get more families and individuals of all ages and abilities to participate and to ensure that no one is denied the chance to ride.
Proceeds from this event support Bike Newport’s bicycle safety programs.
Volunteers still needed! Contact Liza.
Please say THANKS to our Father’s Day Ride sponsors and community partners:
IE-Cycle, Corrigan Financial, Worldways Social Marketing, Newport Daily News, KVH Industries, Newport County YMCA, and Representative Lauren Carson. And to our community partners Empire Tea & Coffee, A Market, Panera, Newport Yogis, Hooley, Mansion Rentals, Newport Bicycle and Ten Speed Spokes.
For more information about supporting the 2015 Father’s Day Ride:
Bike Newport: (401) 619-4900, email@example.com
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