Category Archives : News

19

Oct

Active transportation – what can you do to help?

The Newport Health Equity Zone’s (HEZ) goal is increased resident participation in walking and bicycling for transportation, exercise, and recreation in Newport, RI. Bike Newport partners with the HEZ to ensure they accomplish their goals. Beyond the physical and emotional health benefits of active transportation, any mode of transportation allows residents to access many health related services and reduces the feeling of isolation and stress. So, what can you do to help? For example, you could drive less, walk or bike more. Perhaps organize a walk or bike ride in your community, join a neighborhood association and promote biking and walking, volunteer with Bike Newport and don’t forget you can lobby elected officials  to create new/or apply to established funding sources. As a private business or a community organization there are many ways to help empower your employees, customers and clients to be more active and help create an equitable, healthy and vibrant Newport. We have leaflets and resources to help you spread the word and encourage those around you to use active transportation. For example you could install a bike rack outside your business to encourage employees and customers to ride more. (Find out how here) , take part in Bike To Work Day, have bike friendly facilities in your workplace, like showers and lockers. Perhaps you could offer incentives to employee to bike, walk or take the bus, or partner with schools to promote biking. There always something to do to encourage folks to help create an equitable, healthy and vibrant Newport. For more information, contact clare@bikenewportri.org or visit The Newport Health Equity Zone or follow them on Facebook. The post Active transportation – what can you do to help? appeared first on Bike Newport.

19

Oct

New bike racks in Newport!
New bike racks in Newport!

Have you seen the New Belgium bike racks around town? Thanks to Midtown Oyster Bar and Pour Judgement for being the sponsoring hosts of these awesome New Belgium Brewing bike racks. So what are you waiting for? Hop on it! Are you a business around Newport? Check out the business benefits Why Sponsor a Rack? Well-located bicycle racks help businesses and neighborhoods accommodate and attract the increasing numbers of bicyclists riding around town. An investment in a bike rack pays dividends with more visits, more purchases, higher visibility, a cleaner environment, and better access for more people. Cycling offers benefits that surpass driving on many levels—an economically and environmentally sound option that helps people to fulfill health and fitness goals. A cyclist must be able to find a place to park or store their bike efficiently, effectively, and securely. This concerns cyclists who bike to work or for leisure, including those who live in apartment complexes, college dormitories, or other residencies where the question of where to store a bike at home is uncertain. Check Out the Benefits of Biking for Businesses created by Share The Road and 9 Lives Design Does your business or neighborhood need a bike rack? Bike Newport can help you choose and purchase a variety of bike racks. We work with you to ensure that all racks meet City codes and the best practice standards set out by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals in order to optimize the security and capacity of each rack. Want to sponsor a rack? Get in touch. Email info@bikenewportri.org The post New bike racks in Newport! appeared first on Bike Newport.

16

Oct

FALL BACK and LIGHT UP! Bicyclists are reminded to be visible at night with local bike shops helping with 20% discounts on bike lights. As the clocks fall back, cyclists need to light up. Can you believe it, daylight saving’s time is just around the corner! It will get darker a lot earlier, but that’s NO reason to stop cycling and every reason to make sure you’re WELL-LIT! White lights on front, red lights on back, and plenty of reflectors and reflective clothing. Join us in chanting the mantra “See and be seen!” Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 4th. Area bike shops are joining the chorus by offering discounts and promotions on bike lights at a special “Fall Back and Light Up” sale during the weekend of November 2nd – 4th. Participating stores are: Newport Bicycle on Broadway, Pedal Power on West Main Road, and Ten Speed Spokes on Elm Street. For bike enthusiasts, riding at night can be fun, relaxing, and a delightful end to the day. For bike commuters, riding in the dark is a fact of life. Statistically, there are more crashes at night than during the day. This is due in part to the difficulty motorists have in seeing cyclists at night, and in part to cyclists not seeing unsafe road conditions in the dark. There are several ways to improve cyclist visibility and safety at night: Headlights: Handlebar mounted headlights can be USB rechargeable or run on batteries. There’s a range of brightness, and settings that are steady and flashing. Newport law requires a white lamp on the front of your bike that can be seen from 500 feet. Bike shops can help riders choose the best light based on how and where they ride. Front light on your helmet: Helmet headlamps send light whichever way the cyclist looks. Smart! Rear light: Law also requires a red light on the rear of a bicycle. Many cyclists use red blinking lights throughout the day to be more visible as cars approach from the rear. Rear lights can be mounted on fenders, seat posts, seat stays, racks, or saddlebags. Reflective Vest or Jacket: Reflective material increases visibility exponentially and can make cyclists much more obvious on the road at night. In fact, highly reflective material can be far brighter even than the bike lights. Be careful – brightly colored clothing is not the same as reflective. Bright clothing may be highly visible in the daylight, but no different from any other color at night. Be sure that nightwear is reflective. Please contact Bike Newport at 401-619-4900 for more information about the “Fall Back, Light Up” program. For more bike safety information and local ordinances, click here. The post Fall Back and Light up 2018 appeared first on Bike Newport.

15

Oct

Bari Freeman, Executive Director of Bike Newport RI, presenting at the rally in support of the Green Economy and Clean Water Bond. Video courtesy of upriseri.com ___________________________ On November 6th, not only will you be able to vote for your governor, senator, and various local officials next month, Rhode Islanders will also have a chance to vote on Question 3. There is a $47.3 million bond on November’s ballot that, if approved by voters, would support a state-wide investment in clean water, land cleanup, farmland, recreational facilities, BIKE TRAILS and BIKEWAYS, open spaces and public safety. This would include $5 million for bikeways to expand and improve the state’s bikeway network that runs through many communities. ‘Another $5 million would go toward building and maintaining our state’s parks and recreation facilities, while $5 million would expand and improve Rhode Island’s heavily used bicycle network. These are worthy causes, helping Rhode Islanders stay healthy and enjoy life.’ – The Providence Journal How can you help? Bike Newport supports the Green Economy and Clean Water Bond and encourages you to join us. Here are some actions you can take to help ensure this bond is passed: Do your research. Find out which candidates in your area support having a clean ocean, open green spaces, equity in recreational and transportation opportunities, and who wants a resilient community in the face of climate change. Spread the word to you friends and family and a wider audience via social media. Like our Facebook page and share our posts and blogs with your friends. VOTE YES ON 3 on November 6th. Add your name to our advocacy list. We’ll contact you when we need your support and voice. This might be writing letters, attending council meetings etc. Fill in this form and click the ‘advocacy’ box. The post On November 6th 2018, vote ‘Yes On 3’. Here’s why you should…. appeared first on Bike Newport.

12

Oct

Annual Tour de Fright 2018

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12

Oct

The survey results are in!

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. View post:  The survey results are in!

03

Oct

Riders Ready?…JOUST!

What a splatter fest! Join us at the Broadway Street Fair at our annual ‘Pie Jousting Contest‘ Saturday • Oct 6th • 12-6pm Face off against another pie wielding competitor on a bike. When the judge says “JOUST” ride past each other and try to throw your pie at the other competitor. There are only two rules; 1) No Contact (the pie must leave your hand before making impact) 2) No ducking or dodging ( you have to maintain a straight line & not lean away from an impending pie) We’ll have a booth close by where you can stock up on  t-shirts and water bottles, bike maps and news about the Big Blue Bike Barn. See you there! The post Riders Ready?…JOUST! appeared first on Bike Newport.

02

Oct

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. More here:  Why protected bike lanes are more valuable than parking spaces.

01

Oct

2018 RIBike Annual Member Meeting

Saturday, October 6, 5pm-7pm 186 Carpenter St, PVD It’s once again time to come together, celebrate what has been accomplished and meet kindred spirits working for better bicycling throughout Rhode Island. We’ll talk about the accomplishments made for the year READ MORE

26

Sep

The Bike Newport t-shirts are back!
The Bike Newport t-shirts are back!

It’s also not too early to be thinking about holidays, presents or treating yourself to a new tee and water bottle. Bike Newport is ready to splat our way into the Broadway Street Fair with our annual ‘Pie Jousting Contest‘ on Saturday, Oct 6th. Join us to help fundraise for our youth education programs and treat yourself to a t-shirts and water bottle. Where else in Newport can you duel with your buddy by riding bicycles and throwing whipped cream in each others’ faces, all in the name of education! Read about last year’s shenanigans and get ready for the duel of your life. T-shirts $20 each • Water bottles $10 The post The Bike Newport t-shirts are back! appeared first on Bike Newport.