Category Archives : News

14

Aug

RI Waves Coming Soon!

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

Traffic Safety 101 course – Please join us.

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

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

New signs on Broadway – “Walk Your Bike”

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.

03

Aug

The Wheely Fun Family Adventures hit Newport
The Wheely Fun Family Adventures hit Newport

What do you do when a very cool family – biking from Nova Scotia to NYC – gets in touch about getting across the bridges? Host them of course!! Check out their blog post about a couple of days in Newport. Thanks to Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and the RI Bridge Bike Shuttle for making it possible for them to continue on their journey. Safe travels Glenn, Kristen and Zoë! The post The Wheely Fun Family Adventures hit Newport appeared first on Bike Newport.

31

Jul

Progress at the Big Blue Bike Barn
Progress at the Big Blue Bike Barn

It’s groundbreaking for the Big Blue Bike Barn! That’s rock star Jeffrey Gambrell of Gambrell’s Landscape llc. Thanks to Jeff and to Sunbelt Rentals for getting the first phase off to a great start. Stay tuned for more, this is just the beginning. We’re so excited for what’s to come. This is a big community effort. Thanks to Rhode Island FoundationPowered by Prince Van Beuren Charitable Foundation Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority City of Newport RI Aquidneck Community Table Aquidneck Land Trust Newport Health Equity ZoneNewport County YMCA Gambrell’s Landscape llc. Sunbelt RentalsReynolds DeWalt Standard Modern Company Newport Solar Preservation Society of Newport County and everyone else making this DREAM a REALITY – the kids are waiting!! The post Progress at the Big Blue Bike Barn appeared first on Bike Newport.

30

Jul

Yup – that’s bikes as far as the eye can see… It’s a thing of beauty. HUGE shoutout and thanks to the diehard Bike Newport volunteers who are signing roads, and meeting, greeting, and parking 1800 people on bikes every day here at Fort Adams. Neither sun nor heat nor sweat nor grease stops these great folks from getting it done – with a smile! It’s a sight to see. And it’s shattering records. 50% more than our Friday record of 1200 and 20% more than our Saturday record of 1500. HERE’s how we roll – for more Folkfest snaps and videos visit @bikenewportri on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information on how you can bike to Fort Adams for summer events, click here. Another big shoutout to the Newport Police Department who are getting lots of kudos for their good cheer managing all these bikes amidst the traditionalists – aka motorists 🙂 Thanks to Sgt Cortes and the NPD! Ride safe. Ride happy. Always ride to the Folk and Jazz Festivals! The post Hey Hey From Newport Folk Festival appeared first on Bike Newport.

25

Jul

We are heartbroken that a young cyclist on the East Bay Bike Path was struck and killed by a motorist yesterday.   Tragically, drivers have killed two other children in this area previously: A 12 year-old in 1998 at the READ MORE

12

Jul

From Childhood Memories to New Adventures.

Antoinette Sutherland’s bike-love story warmed our hearts this week and reminded us of why we do what we do. After learning to ride a bike as a child, Antoinette Sutherland hasn’t ridden since and is a little out of practice zipping around on two wheels. She joined us in the bike garage this week to get her bike road ready and wants to learn to ride again. Dani Cano Restrepo, one of our garage educators, spent the evening with her wrenching, cleaning and healing her trusty steed ready for new adventures. We’ll be gathering a small group of people who want join Antoinette in learning to ride a bike again. Know anyone who might want to join us? Email Clare The post From Childhood Memories to New Adventures. appeared first on Bike Newport.