Category Archives : Advocacy

21

Sep

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.

18

Sep

Colonial to Contemporary / A Newport Ride Through Time

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Continued:   Colonial to Contemporary / A Newport Ride Through Time

15

Sep

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.

29

Aug

Bike to the Beach for Jayden

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Read More –  Bike to the Beach for Jayden

26

Jul

Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban Finally Passes!

Have you ever been annoyed, or even terrified, by someone yakking on the phone while driving coming at you and not paying attention?  If so, there may be progress as the RI Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, a bill to READ MORE

25

Jul

Launch of Newport Waves 2017
Launch of Newport Waves 2017

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Source:   Launch of Newport Waves 2017

17

Jul

^ the new sharrows on Broadway position bicyclists right behind cars that are backing up.  Over the weekend, the full length of Broadway was painted with much-anticipated “sharrows” – road markings indicating shared use by cars and bicycles. But wait – these sharrows are located immediately next to backing out cars. Is that where they belong? The sharrows on Broadway are currently in the far-right of the lane, adjacent to diagonal parking, where visibility is at its worst for everyone. How many of us already back out of those spots with trepidation? According to NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) Guidelines: “On streets with posted 25mph speeds or slower, preferred placement is in the center of the travel lane to minimize wear and encourage bicyclist to occupy the full lane.” That’s where they are on Spring and Thames, and where we expected to see them on Broadway. People on bikes – and people in cars – will think that bikes are required to be that close to the cars. Therein lies the great danger. We ask that the City move the sharrows away from the parked cars to the recommended center of the traffic lane. Where to ride: Bicyclists are cautioned to ride in the center of the lane on narrow streets such as lower Broadway, Spring, and Thames – away from the parked cars. Where bike lanes are present, as on America’s Cup and Memorial Blvd, use the bike lane unless cars, sand, debris or other hazards are in your path. Bike lanes and sharrows are guides, not requirements. Bicyclists: Body language and communication are everything. Cars have horns and lights; you have arms, eyes, and voices. Always scan behind you and signal with your arms when merging or turning. Assume drivers have not seen you, until they signal their awareness. Use your voice to thank or alert other road users. Remember to stay off the sidewalks and always ride in the same direction as traffic. Drivers: Please understand that bicyclists are required by law to be on the road, and are both allowed and encouraged to take the lane for our own safety. On Broadway, and in congested summertime Newport in general, everyone is forced to move more slowly than usual. Remember to give people on bikes enough room. No degree of frustration is worth putting someone in danger. Put safety first. Ride and drive cautiously on busy Broadway. Be kind out there! The post How to ride a bike safely on Broadway appeared first on Bike Newport.

06

Jun

From Highway to Greenway

Roger Williams Park is definitely the jewel in the metropolitan crown, drawing a million and a half visitors every year. But jewels need care, and in 2015, the Providence Parks Department and the Rhode Island Foundation embarked on an ambitious READ MORE

03

Jun

Join the Bike Newport Team!

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22

May

For the fifth year, we’ve used the occasion of National Bike to Work Day to present the annual Bike Friendly Business of the Year award. The announcement at City Hall on May 19th, was attended by many local bicyclists, advocates, and supporters. Bike Newport shared: “This year, the award goes to Panera Bread – for demonstrating a commitment to improved biking in Newport at every opportunity – for installing a branded bike high capacity bike rack; for honoring Art Weekley, a cycling enthusiast customer who lost his life while biking; for providing refreshment at innumerable bike events, including the annual Bike Commuter Breakfast; and for answering ‘Yes!’ to virtually every bike friendly idea proposed to them. For these reasons and more, Newport’s 2017 Bike Friendly Business of the Year is Panera Bread!” The award is a transformed and “gilded” bike wheel, created by renowned sculptors and local residents Howard and Mary Newman. The Newmans are bicycle riders and cycling advocates who have contributed their talents each year to this special recognition of bike friendliness among Newport’s business community. Past recipients include Jane Pickens Theater (2013), Preservation Society of Newport County (2014), Newport County YMCA (2015), and Butch Murray and the Fastnet Pub (2016). The award is a highlight of the annual celebration of biking for transportation. It was presented after a morning commuter breakfast and before an afternoon City Loop ride, which was escorted by Newport Police Department Officers Merrie Scott and Jared Johansen. Event sponsors included A Market, Empire Tea and Coffee, Crystal Springs Water, Panera Bread, FatFace , RIPTA, and Stop & Shop. Bike to Work Day also saw the unveiling of two new Self-Service Bike Repair Stations – for 24/7 air and adjustments. Cyclists can find the tools they’re looking for to fill tires and tighten nuts at Bike Newport (62 Broadway) and Ash Mart (2 Carroll Ave). Additional stations will be coming soon to Thompson Middle School, the Gateway Visitors Center, and Florence Gray Community Center. The stations are generously sponsored by BnV Funds and RIPTA. The post And the 2017 Bike Friendly Business of the Year Is … appeared first on Bike Newport.