Archives : Aug-2018

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Aug

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Continue at source:  New fall plan for the RI Bridge Bike Shuttle!

30

Aug

We’re happy to announce that Bike Newport received $10,000 from Rhode Island Foundation to ensure green infrastructure at the upcoming Big Blue Bike Barn. The work will include adding solar, collecting rainwater and fabricating furniture from locally sourced wood. Read more… The post The Big Blue Bike Barn Gets a Green Boost appeared first on Bike Newport.

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Aug

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Originally posted here:  The Big Blue Bike Barn gets major boost

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Aug

Though we cannot endorse candidates, we can inform members and allies what the candidates say about biking and transportation.  To that end, RIBike prepared a list of questions to that has been sent to all campaigns for Governor, responses toRead More

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Aug

Newport Craft and Bike Newport presents Gears & Beers. Join us for this event at the brewery Tuesday, August 28th from 6-8pm. Enjoy a fresh brew (or cocktail) while everyone shares skills and talks bikes. In this session we’ll cover the basics of how to fix a flat tire. Bring your bike if you’d like to learn to service your own wheel, tire and tube, or just come and we’ll have some spares that you can practice on. Please email information@newportcraft.com to make a reservation. Spots are limited. Donation Ticket Price at door is $10 (Cards or Cash.) All proceeds go to Bike Newport. Can’t make it? Make a donation today: http://bikenewportri.org/give/ The post Gears and Beers appeared first on Bike Newport.

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Aug

Newport Waves is Going Statewide The people of Newport, RI, use an everyday friendly gesture to address a very serious problem. It’s called the Newport Wave and it’s designed to save lives and now it’s going statewide. The Newport Wave was introduced in 2015 after three pedestrians lost their lives on the city’s streets in the course of just a few months. Two of the deaths were in crosswalks, and one of the victims was in a wheelchair. Concerned citizens and agencies gathered to figure out what to do to make the city’s streets safer. They learned that people in crashes most often report not seeing the other person, or that the other person didn’t see them. How then could the city encourage all road users – people driving, biking and walking – to communicate with one another on the roads? One effort was a public awareness campaign – featuring the Newport Wave. The proposition is that the wordless but intentional wave between people communicates an agreement – “Do you see me?” and “Yes, I see you,” so “Okay, good to go.” The smile that often comes with the wave is an added bonus! The Newport campaign featured friendly faces and familiar places – from state reps and senators, to the Superintendent of Schools, to kids waving from bikes and strollers, and adults waving from cars and scooters to remind people to “Stop. Look. Wave.” The Spanish-version declares “Pare. Mira. Saluda.” RI Waves will be a similar campaign including many familiar faces! Get ready for Rhode Island Waves. Gabrielle Abbate is Chief of RIDOT’s Highway Safety Division, where looking out for vulnerable road users is paramount. “As we continue to focus on a goal of zero fatalities statewide, we are identifying best opportunities to improve road user behaviors – so we’re the taking the Newport Wave to the next level.” Bike Newport is the coordinator of Newport Waves. Executive Director, Bari Freeman, also sits on the Newport Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and the state’s Transportation Advisory Committee. She explains, “The ‘Rhode Island Waves’ campaign reinforces an intuitive gesture. It asks people to wave with intention. Folks don’t step out if they don’t get the return message. It’s working in Newport and we’re very pleased that RIDOT and NHTSA are ready to take it statewide now.” The statewide version will include multiple video versions, print and outdoor components, and also educational tools for schools and community organizations.  The campaigns are supported by production partners Jai Communications Group and Reynolds deWalt. Newport Waves and Rhode Island Waves are based on “Wave”, a campaign produced by Butler Brothers for the city of Austin, Texas. Please take a few minutes to complete the Safer Streets Survey to help make our streets safer for all road users! Stop, Look and Wave at every crossing. When you get a reply wave – “OK, you’re good to go!” The post RI Waves Coming Soon! appeared first on Bike Newport.

13

Aug

The national organization Bike to the Beach raises funds for Autism Awareness and has partnered with Bike Newport for the past six years. It’s that time of year again where we set up a Bike Newport team to ride the metric century from Woonsocket and raise funds for Autism Speaks. The Bike Newport team leads the ride from Woonsocket to Newport every year – a ride that begs the question: “Where else but RI can you ride the whole state in a morning??” Riders can still sign up. Don’t delay! If we get a nice group together, we’ll have a group bus up to the Woonsocket start and end at Newport. So join the ride! Here’s the registration link. Let’s do this! The post Where else but RI can you ride the whole state in a morning? appeared first on Bike Newport.

09

Aug

The Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RI Bike) is organizing a Complete Smart Cycling Class via Bike Newport and would love for you to join us. The Complete Smart Cycling Class is a very helpful overview about riding with traffic for everyone – and pre-requisite for Instructor Training. Everyone who attends this class will be better informed about road sharing and basic bicycle to be safer on the roads. We need more people to have this information and to share it with others, in particular by volunteering and helping out with Bike Newport rides and education programs. It will be a one day course on August 26th (possible different date) and it’s free! RI Bike is providing the instructor and all materials. A few details: The Complete Smart Cycling Class is a fast-paced, class that provides cyclists with the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail and how to teach children to ride cautiously and conspicuously while on their own. We will cover the basics of bike maintenance, rules of the road, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. This class is a prerequisite for becoming a certified League Cycling Instructor from the League of American Bicyclists. It’s broken down into: 1) A classroom session at one time ~ approx 4 hours 2) An on-road session which includes: A ride where the students take turns leading the group and are expected to stop, start, turn right and left, place them selves in the appropriate place in the lanes, etc Parking lot drills: the prescribed 8 avoidance and emergency exercises ~3-4 hours depending on class size. The written test and review with final questions, awarding of certificate takes about 1 hour. If you use the on-line test then this takes about 30 minutes. If you’re interested in this course, please email clare@bikenewportri.org with your interest. The post Complete Smart Cycling Class – Please join us. appeared first on Bike Newport.

09

Aug

Bike Newport is organizing a TS101 course and would love for you to join us. It will be a one day course on August 26th (possible different date) and it’s free! TS101 is a very helpful overview about riding with traffic for everyone – and pre-requisite for Instructor Training. Everyone who attends this class will be better informed about road sharing and basic bicycle to be safer on the roads. We need more people to have this information and to share it with others, in particular by volunteering and helping out with Bike Newport rides and education programs. A few details: TS101 This Traffic Skills 101 Cycling Education Course is a fast-paced, class that provides cyclists with the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail and how to teach children to ride cautiously and conspicuously while on their own. We will cover the basics of bike maintenance, rules of the road, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. This class is a prerequisite for becoming a certified League Cycling Instructor from the League of American Bicyclists. It’s broken down into: 1) A classroom session at one time ~ approx 4 hours 2) An on-road session which includes: A ride where the students take turns leading the group and are expected to stop, start, turn right and left, place them selves in the appropriate place in the lanes, etc Parking lot drills: the prescribed 8 avoidance and emergency exercises ~3-4 hours depending on class size. The written test and review with final questions, awarding of certificate takes about 1 hour. If you use the on-line test then this takes about 30 minutes. If you’re interested in this course, please email clare@bikenewportri.org with your interest. The post Traffic Safety 101 course – Please join us. appeared first on Bike Newport.

09

Aug

Residents of West Broadway Apartments (the Paramount) are happy to see new signs posted by neighbor Bike Newport, reminding people not to ride bicycles on sidewalks. “Be courteous. Walk your bike. Yield to pedestrians.” The signs also cite the city ordinance 10.72.100 which addresses bicycle operation laws. Look for the signs in the Paramount courtyard and along Broadway. The signs are constructed of flexible aluminum and adhesive. Thanks to the generosity of sign maker Reynolds de Walt, additional signs are available for use around the city. The cost of $50/sign will support bicycle education programs. Contact Bike Newport at info@bikenewportri.org or (401) 619-4900 to request a sign. The post New signs on Broadway – “Walk Your Bike” appeared first on Bike Newport.