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.
Newport Waves is Going Statewide Please watch the Newport Waves video and share your ideas for Rhode Island Waves at www.newportwaves.org/RIWavessurvey 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 www.newportwaves.org/RIWavessurvey The post Get Ready for “Rhode Island Waves” appeared first on Bike Newport.
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.
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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.
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^ 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.
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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.