Category Archives : Newport County

19

Apr

Learn, Fix, Socialize, and Ride!

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Continue reading –  Learn, Fix, Socialize, and Ride!

13

Apr

Spring Cleaning at the Big Blue Bike Barn

It’s really happening. Very soon! We’re so grateful to you all for your fundraising efforts and encouragement to get the Big Blue Bike Barn off the ground and turn the dream into reality. We’re now very close to starting the big clear up of the site, tidying the area and clearing the trails in Miantonomi Park ready for the kids to get on their bikes as soon possible. We’ll need help painting, in construction, trail clearing and some garden work. If you have the skills, a bit of time or simply want to know more about how you can help, please email Rhys Probyn our Education Programs Manager The post Spring Cleaning at the Big Blue Bike Barn appeared first on Bike Newport.

13

Apr

Sidewalk Parade & Tree Path Project

SIDEWALK PARADE & PICNIC! Saturday, April 21st! 10:30am – 1pm : Florence Gray Center & Miantonomi Park The Sidewalk Parade represents a collaboration between Newport Health Equity Zone and Salve Regina University, now in its second year. A moving work of art, it is created through the collaborative vision of Newport’s North End residents, local artists, and art students from Salve Regina University, and facilitated by Salve Professor of Visual Arts Susannah Strong. Bike Newport has a featured tree in the parade, carefully decorated and representing the work we do. The Sidewalk Parade will wind through the neighborhoods of the North End and will feature musicians, flags, banners, costumes and more. All are invited to join in, walking in unity to celebrate and embody this year’s theme “Hope” as well as individual and shared visions for a better tomorrow.The Parade will feature live music by the Extraordinary Rendition Band, costumes, masks, banners, flags and fun! Come make some noise and celebrate HOPE! 10:30am LINE UP at the Florence Gray Center for the Parade! 11:00am PARADE STARTS and winds around the North End 11:45 (or so) PARADE ARRIVES at Miantonomi Park 12:00 – 1:00 CEREMONY & PERFORMANCES featuring: Welcome remarks by Ward 1 City Councilor Susan Taylor Performances by the Newport County Youth Chorus Hope Tree planting with the Newport Tree Society Hope Tree “hope messages” writing RI Ballet Company performance followed by a COMMUNITY PICNIC! (we’ll have hotdogs, popcorn, sweets, and water!) Rain date: Sunday, April 22nd! The post Sidewalk Parade & Tree Path Project appeared first on Bike Newport.

13

Apr

Bike Month 2018 Coming Soon!

Save the dates and stay tuned to our social media for regular updates on Bike Newport Bike Month events! May 1 :TLC and Tune-Up Bike Newport, 62 Broadway, Newport • FREE Bring your bike back to life after the winter. Give it some TLC and get it ready for the road. May 2,9,16,23,30 : Ladies Only Ride  Ten Speed Spokes, 18 Elm St, Newport • 5.30pm • FREE The TSS Wednesday Night Women’s road ride will be leaving the shop at 5:30 starting April 25th. The ride will be a no-drop road ride that will be between 20-35 miles depending with options to meet up with the group later as well as cut out early. Helmets and road bikes required. May 5 : Farm-To-Farm Bike Ride School Administration Building, 29 Middle Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871 • 2.00pm • FREE Lovely Middle Road, lined with six family farms, will be CAR FREE so families, friends, and neighbors can enjoy the experience of riding together. The short four-mile ride will be delightful for riders of all ages and abilities. Walkers and strollers are welcome to join as well. May 7 and 21 : Garage en Español Bike Newport, 62 Broadway, Newport • 4.30–7pm • FREE The Bike Garage will be an exclusive and encouraging space for spanish speakers to come and work on bikes. No experience necessary. Bring your own bike or take part in our Earn a Bike Program. May 9: Bike To School May 10 and 24 : Ladies Night at the Bike Garage Bike Newport, 62 Broadway, Newport •4.30-7pm • FREE  The Bike Garage will be an exclusive and encouraging space for female-identifying bicyclists. This night is a time to bring your own bike project to work on with our female bike mechanic, or just to tinker and practice working with the tools. No mechanical knowledge or experience necessary – just an interest in learning! strong>May 12-20 : “Love the Ocean? Ride a Bike!” Volvo Ocean Race • Fort Adams Trust | 90 Fort Adams Drive | Fort Adams State Park | Newport, RI 02840  Bike Newport will be bike parking and hosting our Bike Newport exhibit, ‘Love Our Ocean?- Ride A Bike’ in the Exploration Zone. We’ll be sharing the bike love and showing folks how pedal power and riding your bike can positively contribute to a cleaner more healthy ocean and environment. Want to volunteer?  May 14-19 : Bike To Work Week Wherever you are! May 18 : Bike To Work Day Newport City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport • FREE Today is the day to give biking to work a try! Leave your car at home, hit the saddle, and burn calories – not carbon. Bike to Work Day brings the community together to celebrate bicycling as a fun and healthy way to get to work. Bike with family, friends or colleagues to Bike Newport’s Commuter Breakfast (Time TBA) May 26 : Conversate, Motivate and Ride (Time TBA) Bike Newport, 62 Broadway, Newport • FREE We invite new and beginner riders to learn how to ride, bike safety skills and getting comfortable on a bike. If you are getting back on your bike after a long time, perhaps never been on a bike but want to give it a try, then this is for you. Let’s get together and talk about any concerns you have and plan a ride! May 29 : Full Moon Ride (TBA) The post Bike Month 2018 Coming Soon! appeared first on Bike Newport.

12

Apr

Farm-To-Farm Bike Ride

May is Bike Month and the perfect time for an inaugural Portsmouth Community Ride!  The First Annual Portsmouth Farm-to-Farm Bike Ride is Saturday, May 5th 2-4pm Sign up here! Lovely Middle Road, lined with six family farms, will be CAR FREE so families, friends, and neighbors can enjoy the experience of riding together. The short four-mile ride will be delightful for riders of all ages and abilities. Walkers and strollers are welcome to join as well. Starting from the School Administration Building at the north end of Middle Road, at 2.00pm, and turning around at Benjamin Drive at the South End, riders and walkers will pass six family farms on their way up and back on the 2 mile route: Escobar Farm, DeArruda Farm, Quonset View Farm, Portsmouth Nursery, BAW Farm, and DeCastro View Farms. Bike Newport instructors will be on hand at the start to assist with bike checks and helmet fittings, and along the route to offer assistance. Many thanks to all of the partners and sponsors helping to make the day even more delightful. Newport Family Dental Bristol Marine Countryside Children’s Center Aquidneck Pediatrics YMCA of Newport County EcoRI News Rhody Fresh AIPC Parking will be available at Town Hall and the School Administration Building at the intersection of Hedley Street and Middle Road and Portsmouth Police will be present to assist. Rain date: Sunday, May 6th Questions? info@bikenewportri.org / (401) 619-4900 Sign up here! The post Farm-To-Farm Bike Ride appeared first on Bike Newport.

10

Apr

Take the #cleanseas Pledge

As a participant in the Volvo Ocean Race Exploration Zone, Bike Newport is committed to the #cleanseas pledge and is doing everything we can to reduce disposable plastic. When you visit be sure to bring your re-usable water bottles/coffee mugs! The Volvo Ocean Race would like all Newport residents and businesses to commit to it too. It takes less than a minute. Go ahead… Take the #cleanseas Pledge Bike Newport is one of the members of the volunteer-driven Sustainability Committee, Transportation Committee and with an exhibit in the Exploration Zone for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover. Along with local environmental organizations Sailors for the Sea, 11th Hour Racing, RI-DEM, Fort Adams Trust, Clean Ocean Access, Sail Newport, and Newport Biodiesel, we are aiming to make the Newport stopover the most environmentally responsible port of the whole race! To do this, the stopover will deploy numerous strategies that reduce waste, educate attendees, encourage alternative transportation, use environmentally friendly products, and much more. These strategies all require a team of dedicated individuals, who can help the stopover meet its goal and help make Newport a leader in environmental sustainability! But we can’t do it without your help. So how can you join the Bike Newport Team at the Volvo Ocean Race? Click on the this link. The post Take the #cleanseas Pledge appeared first on Bike Newport.

06

Apr

The Big Blue Bike Barn

The Big Blue Bike Barn is Coming! Modeled on the successes of the Red Shed in Olneyville, our new Bike Barn will dramatically increase the size of Bike Newport’s current North Side Bike Library – from one 20’ container to two 40’ containers – quadrupling the size. The program will relocate out of the Florence Gray Center parking lot and onto a lot on Sunset Blvd, immediately adjacent to Miantonomi Park. This past October, 23 city leaders and stakeholders boarded a bus bound for the Red Shed in Riverside Park where we toured and chatted with the staff of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council about their site and programs. Jai Communications Group captured the day in the accompanying video. In February, North Side residents gathered at the Health Equity Zone’s Vision Lab to plan what the Newport version will look like. Place Studio Landscape Design captured the vision in the “after” illustration above. Thanks to multiple partners, the new facility will be a beautiful hub of bicycle, garden, and park activity. Work on preparing the site has already begun; and the new containers are expected to be in place by mid-April. Newport Housing Authority made the land available to house the Bike Barn; the City of Newport is assisting with removing fences, clearing space, and cutting the path into Miantonomi to connect directly with the mountain bike trails in the park. Aquidneck Land Trust is providing access and guiding stewardship of the paths. The Newport County YMCA is actively partnering on creating summer program. Aquidneck Community Table is helping to plan gardens on the site. Solar panels will provide power and rain barrels will collect water. The community will be invited to help with many aspects of preparing the containers and the properties for activity. Rhonda Mitchell, Executive Director of Newport Housing Authority, shared, “The board and staff of the Housing Authority are excited to see this property be put to such good use. We love the Bike Newport Bike Library and we’re happy to help it to expand in an improved location. Our youth and families are going to get great enjoyment from this facility and from the programs that will take place there.” Austin Andersen is a 15-year-old bike enthusiast and one of the many excited Newport youth. He’s been coming to the Bike Library for five years. “This is going to be the coolest thing we’ve had in a while. Everyone’s been talking about it and waiting on it and now it’s coming. It’s showing a lot about people in the community reaching out to kids and helping them do what they love.” Dedicated funding to date has been generously provided by Powered by Prince at Newport Hospital, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the RITBA Foundation. The post The Big Blue Bike Barn appeared first on Bike Newport.

05

Apr

It’s almost Bike Month!
It’s almost Bike Month!

‘Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.’ – League of American Bicyclists. Find out more about Bike Month and stay tuned for more updates from Bike Newport and events happening on your door step. The post It’s almost Bike Month! appeared first on Bike Newport.

01

Apr

Let’s get daffy!

Decorate your bike, don your yellow jersey and join other daffy riders for an easy 3-mile ride to view beds of over 850,000 daffodils throughout Newport, ending at Ballard Park where over 20,000 will greet us. Prize for the best bike and daffiest outfit! Find out more. The post Let’s get daffy! appeared first on Bike Newport.

23

Mar

Join the BIKE NEWPORT TEAM at the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a huge AROUND-THE-WORLD SAILING RACE coming to Newport in May! Bike Newport is one of the members of the volunteer-driven Sustainability Committee, Transportation Committee and with an exhibit in the Exploration Zone for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover. Along with local environmental organizations Sailors for the Sea, 11th Hour Racing, RI-DEM, Fort Adams Trust, Clean Ocean Access, Sail Newport, and Newport Biodiesel, we are aiming to make the Newport stopover the most environmentally responsible port of the whole race! To do this, the stopover will deploy numerous strategies that reduce waste, educate attendees, encourage alternative transportation, use environmentally friendly products, and much more. These strategies all require a team of dedicated individuals, who can help the stopover meet its goal and help make Newport a leader in environmental sustainability! But we can’t do it without your help. How can you join the Bike Newport Team at the Volvo Ocean Race? All volunteers for Bike Newport have to register through the Bike Newport volunteer portal. Please do so! Individual tasks include: Bike Parking and helping in the Bike Newport exhibit in the Exploration Zone. Once in the volunteer portal, you can also choose the times and dates to volunteer that work best with your schedule. Please commit to as many shifts as you can shifts between May 12-20th, so hurry and get the shifts you want! ALL shifts need filling so don’t hold back  Please sign up ASAP so we’re not scrambling for help last minute.  Something thoughts to help you choose your shifts: On Thurs 17th – Sunday 20th there are boat races from 1-3pm to watch On Sunday 20th, the boats leave for Cardiff so there’ll be a big farewell. Sunday at 6pm ALL volunteers are invited to a huge thank you party hosted by Volvo and Sail Newport. SIGN UP HERE! Volvo require you to fill out a volunteer form, have a photocopy of your driver’s license/passport or other state ID (needs to have name and SS#) for a background check. Sail Newport will then submit this to the State Attorney General’s Office where it will remain secure for processing at no cost to you. CLARE HAS THESE AND WILL BE COORDINATING WITH YOU ONCE WE KNOW WHO WE HAVE. ***Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own lunch, there will be snacks, coffee, tea and water available in the Race Village Volunteer Station and water stations, so bring your re-usable mug!  (PLEASE DO NOT BRING SINGLE USE CONTAINERS) Once you sign up we’ll be in touch nearer the time with any more info and potentially a volunteer quick meeting to make sure any questions are answered and everyone know what they’re doing. Thank you in advance. Let’s together represent Bike Newport and show Newport (and the world) what we do best! Ways you can help Sail Newport and the Volvo Ocean Race be sustainable when you join us at the Race Village: 1. Ride a bike, walk, take a water taxi,  or carpool to cut down on emissions.  2. Single-use plastic water bottles are banned from the event. Please bring a reusable water bottle, plenty of filling stations will be available.  3. Skip the straw. Like single-use bottles, plastic straws will not be provided at the event.    4. Recycle your trash and compost food.  Dispose of your trash and food in the properly marked receptacles available around the Race Village. Thank You!  5. VOLUNTEER FOR THE BIKE NEWPORT TEAM  6. Sign the Clean Seas Pledge Please help us spread the word – get your friends, family, roommates, and coworkers in on the sustainability action and direct people to the sign up at the volunteer portal. The post Join the BIKE NEWPORT TEAM at the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover appeared first on Bike Newport.