Cycle Tracks – 9-28-15

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The official dedication & ribbon-cutting for the George Redman Linear Park was held last Monday, September 21, with many dignitaries present as well as several dozen people on bikes. Rarely to we get so many important Rhode Islanders talking about how great bicycling is, and we want to make that less rare. Read more here.

Bike to Beer! It’s happening tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 29 at The Salon right in the heart of downtown Providence. 5-8pm. See you there.

#BicyclistsOfRI is happening. Do you know the humungously popular “Humans of New York” series? Yeah, we’re doing that. Except for people on bikes. In Rhode Island. If you want to participate, sign up here. You’ll be seeing the series hit the internet in the next few weeks.

The next BikeTalk, RIBike’s monthly speaker series, is October 7th. It will feature Steve Miller of the Boston area’s Liveable Streets Alliance. We ran into him at the New England Bike Walk Summit this past Thursday, and he’s excited to be there. We’re looking forward to seeing you there too! Next Wednesday, 10/7, 6:00pm, at AS220.

The KMC CycloCross Festival at Roger Williams Park in Providence is this weekend! This is one of two world-class sporting events that happens in all of Rhode Island, so it’s not to be missed! RIBike is coordinating volunteers for the event, so if you want to help out (and get discounted admission to the event as well as free swag) sign up here.

Are you a recreational rider who’s ready to ditch the car for everyday commuting and errands? Do you ride on trails or bike paths on the weekends but need some support in making the transition to riding with traffic? Are you just getting back on a bike for the first time in years? Join Bike Newport on October 17th, 1-5pm for a comprehensive workshop on biking for transportation.  The afternoon will begin in the classroom, progress to practicing bike maneuvering skills in a car-free parking lot, and culminate in a 3-mile city ride in small, intimate groups led by instructors. MUST HAVES: a bike, helmet, and basic riding skills. Sign up HERE – space is limited! Bike Newport members receive 15% off all classes.

If you visited Newport this summer, you may have noticed the waving street banners lining Memorial Blvd and other major thoroughfares asking all road users to – you guessed it – WAVE! The Newport community is coming together to improve safety on their busy roads, so WATCH and SHARE the video to get residents and visitors involved and like the Facebook page to see how the message is spreading. Own a local business? Own this campaign too. Say I see you. WAVE. #dothewave #rollnice #strollnice.

Gran Fondo New England is a great event that takes place this Sunday, a fun ride that starts from the Cyclocross Festival in Roger Williams Park and takes you all over the state (and even into CT and MA for the longer routes). Find out more here, and sign up to volunteer here!

Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence is who they’re talking about when they say “avid bike commuter”. Now he’s start a slow ride in partnership with RIBike so more people will have an opportunity to take a leisurely ride through the city! The first event will be held next Thursday, October 8th, at 6:30pm. It’s called Bike the Night, and it’s going to be awesome!

Not only does this weekend bring the KMC Cyclocross Festival and Gran Fondo New England to Providence, but on Friday night, you can attend the New England Builders’ Ball, the premiere hand-built bike show in the northeast. It’s only $5, and there’s beer. We’re sure that’s enough incentive to get you there, but if it’s not, you should know that the event benefits the excellent East Coast Greenway Alliance. See you there.