Category Archives : Advocacy



Smile with Amazon this season

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Get Wrapped Up With Bike Newport

Come and shop ’til you drop and chat bikes with us at Patagonia on Thames. Bike Newport staff and volunteers will be wrapping your holiday gift purchases and 10% of all sales for those days are donated to support educational programs. So come on over and get into the festive season with us. See you there! Patagonia On Thames 450 Thames St, Newport RI Saturday December 16th 11-4.30pm Sunday December 17th 12-4pm The post Get Wrapped Up With Bike Newport appeared first on Bike Newport.



The ABC Bike Safety Check and Bike Maintenance

Before you head out on a ride do this really useful “ABC Quick Check ” to ensure a safe ride. “A” = Air. Check the sidewall of the tire and inflate tires to the rated pressure as indicated on the sidewall. Use a pressure gauge to ensure proper tire pressure. Check if there’s any damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace tire if they’re worn. “B” = Brakes. Have a look at your brakes, check the brakes and cables to make sure they aren’t worn down. See if you can reach the brake levers comfortably, then squeeze them for cable tightness and push forwards: if the wheel turns you will need to get your brakes fixed before you go out riding. “C” = Chain : Always check that the chain is clean and lubricated. A rusty chain drags, changes gear poorly and may even snap. While you’re down there, spin your pedals and check that the cranks don’t wiggle from side to side and that there are no grinding noises from the bottom bracket. Finally, make sure your derailleur – the device that moves the chain between gears – is straight and clears your spokes comfortably. Quick: Check your quick release skewers on your wheels. Make sure they are tight enough to keep your wheels on. Check: Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly. Inspect the bike for broken parts or loose parts; tighten, replace or fix them. If you ride on the roads a lot or do some off-roading then your bike will need more attention than a fair weather rider who ventures out once a month or so. Whatever  your bike needs, we’re here to help. The following links give some great advice will help keep your bike good working condition – and help you know when it’s time to bring it to Bike Newport to learn more about caring for your bike. It’s good to have a  few of your own tools to tweak and care for your bike such as a wrench, allen keys, de-greaser, bike pump etc, but if you don’t have them, bring your bike over to Bike Newport where you can use our tools and learn all you need to know. Bike Newport’s Open Garage hours: M, W, Th 4.30-7pm and Saturday 1-4pm Here are some other great links to caring for your bike: 101 Bike Maintenance Bicycle Maintenance Checklist A Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly Bike Maintenance Checklist Photo: The post The ABC Bike Safety Check and Bike Maintenance appeared first on Bike Newport.



Tips for riding through the winter

Less daylight and cold weather doesn’t have to mean less time on the bike. 1) Embrace the weather It’s coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it so let’s get out there and enjoy it. Experience those frosty views with a cold breeze on your face, raindrops on the end of your nose and the warm buzz of warming up afterwards. 2) Weather proofing You don’t need fancy biking gear to ride all year round. Layering is key. A warm base layer, mid-layers and a waterproof/wind resistant jacket will do it. Rain pants work well, a hat under your helmet, warm socks and gloves and you’re good to go. 3) Speed and conditions Winter roads often mean wet roads. Slick, greasy, dirty roads mean less traction. Slow down sooner and be even more aware of the road ahead. If you don’t have fenders yet, they could be your best friend in wintery conditions. Block out that salt, sand and dirt from the roads and protect your bike from the elements. 4) Get lit Having lights with you at all times also relieves the worry that you will get caught in the dark during shorter days. 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. Many cyclists use a flashing front light during the daytime for increased visibility. Bike shops can help you choose the best light based on how and where you ride. Light up your helmet: A front helmet light sends light whichever way you look. Smart! Rear light: 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. 5) Check your bike Don’t forget the simple ABC Bike Check. Read more on how to check your air, brakes, cranks and chain. Give your bike a regular look over, and try and wash off the accumulated grime regularly. Check for wear on rims and brake blocks, as wet weather can be particularly harsh on these areas. And don’t forget to come to Bike Newport’s Open Bike Garage nights and learn how to take care of your bike, get advice and make any winter tweaks to your bike you need. See you there! Mon, Wed & Thurs 4.30 – 7pm and Saturday 1-4pm – 62 Broadway, Newport. 02840 The post Tips for riding through the winter appeared first on Bike Newport.



Woonsocket’s Blackstone River Bikeway Segment 8C Breaks Ground

by Molly Henry, New England Coordinator of the East Coast Greenway Alliance On November 7th, local and state officials and active transportation advocates gathered in Woonsocket to celebrate the ground breaking for the Blackstone River Bikeway (BRB) segment 8C. The READ MORE



Get Ready for “Rhode Island Waves”

Newport Waves is Going Statewide Please watch the Newport Waves video and share your ideas for Rhode Island Waves at 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. 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.” The smile that often comes with the wave is an added bonus! “There is no higher priority in Newport than public safety,” said Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop, “and we are all responsible for our own safety as well.  The Newport Waves campaign raises the awareness of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, as to the importance of paying attention while crossing the street and avoiding distractions that can contribute to accidents.” The Newport campaign features 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. Around town, street banners, posters, stickers on cash registers and mirrors, and event giant movie screens remind people to “Stop. Look. Wave.” The Spanish-version declares “Pare. Mira. Saluda.” Community-minded businesses are helping to spread the campaign citywide. The Jane Pickens Theater runs the video before every movie. The Preservation Society sponsored street banners up and down Broadway. RIPTA runs digital posters on bus interiors. The Visitors Center, supermarkets, schools, and community centers host giant oversized posters. More local businesses continue to join the effort, underwriting messages in highly visible locations. Most recently, the Newport Restaurant Group, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty became campaign sponsors. Gustave White owner broker Paul Leys sees the impact of the program from his office on busy Bellevue Avenue; he’s concerned that motorists frequently don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. “The wave is definitely catching on and it’s a good thing. First, it’s a chance to check if the car is stopping, and then it’s a nice ‘thank you’. Safety and friendliness are a fine combination.” Originally funded by the national Safe States Alliance, the RI Department of Health, and numerous city agencies and businesses, now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the RI Department of Transportation (RIDOT) have asked the campaign’s coordinators to take it statewide. 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. A three-question survey is posted online for Rhode Island residents and visitors to share recommendations for the people and places that should be featured in the statewide road safety campaign. Please watch the Newport Waves video and share your ideas for Rhode Island Waves at The post Get Ready for “Rhode Island Waves” appeared first on Bike Newport.



Will you be on the Pell Bridge on October 22?

Have some crazy fun and strengthen your volunteer skills by helping out at the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run. Giving just a few hours of your time to volunteer at this charity event will help raise $$$ for Bike Newport. Sign up to volunteer here Also, run/walk the Pell Bridge Run for Team Bike Newport (pw: welovebikes) and raise money our educational programs. With your help we can grow Bike Newport’s youth programs and reach even further into our community. All the proceeds from entry fees go to the RITBA foundation, which in turn distributes the funds to the partner non-profits, including Bike Newport. Donations are always welcome – thank you! The post Will you be on the Pell Bridge on October 22? appeared first on Bike Newport.



Colonial to Contemporary / A Newport Ride Through Time

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The Giant Cycling Squid of Narragansett Bay Jersey is back!

Squiddo is being unleashed onto the streets of Newport for another limited-time run! Order Your Bike Newport Jersey! Now ’til Friday, September 29th. Think Fall Rides and think Winter Holiday Gifts! Super popular and only occasionally available. Manufactured by Pactimo Apparel, the jerseys are high-performance, high-quality, and elastic-free. Men’s and Women’s Continental Short Sleeve Jersey: $96.00 Men’s and Women’s Continental Long Sleeve Jersey: $112.00 We have a Fit Kit available at our office at 62 Broadway in Newport if you’d like to try one on. Order now, click me! Orders must be made by Friday, 09/29 The post The Giant Cycling Squid of Narragansett Bay Jersey is back! appeared first on Bike Newport.



Bike to the Beach for Jayden

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