Category Archives : Newport County

14

Feb

Bike Love
Bike Love

So, you love your bike right? Well, it’s that time of year to return the love and show it some TLC. If you haven’t been keeping on top of your maintenance, or your bike has been locked away all winter, show your bike how much you care. Show your bike some love with a good clean. Your bike will run smoother and faster and who doesn’t love some TLC? Spice up your bike with a basket or some panniers. Leave your car at home and get on your bike! Love Coffee and cycling?  A match made in caffeine heaven. Here’s a great way to make your commute together even more enjoyable. Let people know you’re coming. Staying safe on the road has never looked better! How good your lock is can be the difference between your bike being casually stolen by a passing thief and the thief moving on to another less secure bike. Of course no lock is unbreakable, but the longer it takes a thief to steal a bike, the more likely they will be caught and the less likely they will attempt it. Show some real commitment to your bike and decorate your hallway! OK, just kidding but not really! The post Bike Love appeared first on Bike Newport.

13

Feb

Ever tried the bus bike rack?

Try it out for yourself at Bike Newport – 62 Broadway (side of building). See how easy it is! Spread the word, come by try it and open yourself up to a while new world of transit opportunities. Also check out this information from RIPTA: RACK-N-RIDE All RIPTA’s buses are equipped with bike racks. You can take the bus one way, part of the way, or just to get out of bad weather. The bike racks are free and easy to use: 1) Pull down to release the folded bike rack. You only need one hand to pull the rack down. (fix extra spacing between sentences) 2) Lift your bike onto the rack, fitting wheels into the slots. Each slot is labeled for front and rear wheels. If a bike is already in the rack, load yours in the other slot facing the opposite direction. 3) Raise and release the spring-loaded support arm over the top of the front tire. Make sure the support arm is resting on the tire and not on the fender or frame. For safety reasons, the bus driver cannot help you load or unload your bike. Make sure the driver knows you are loading or unloading a bike because they may not be able to see you. RACK-N-RIDE SAFETY We want everyone to have a safe trip. Please read and follow the procedures below: Tell the driver you plan to load or unload your bike, as he or she may not be able to see you Always approach and load from the curbside and load your bike in the outside slot if it’s empty For safety reasons, the driver is not allowed to help you load or unload your bike Bikes may be loaded and unloaded at any designated RIPTA stop only Motorized bikes, bikes with child seats, large carriers or other attachments are not allowed If you use the bicycle rack, you assume all responsibility and all risks with respect to the use of the bicycle rack and any consequences which may result from that use, including but not limited to physical injuries and/or damages to personal property. RIPTA is not responsible for the functioning or functionality of bicycle rack equipment and assumes no liability for any physical injuries and/or property damages which may result in any defect, within or upon the bicycle rack. Featured image: http://bit.ly/2EHtWgZ The post Ever tried the bus bike rack? appeared first on Bike Newport.

17

Jan

If they don’t, maybe they could. Whether you prefer to ride on the road, city streets, dirt, or if you’re brand spanking new to riding, here are a few ways to expand your bicycling comfort zone in 2018: Be prepared for winter cycling: Even if you can only ride a few times a month during the winter that’s better than none! It’s OK to take days off, the key is keeping it real and keeping it fun. 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. Check out our winter riding tips. Commute with a friend or coworker. Know anyone else that has an interest in commuting by bike? Give them a nudge. Go out and ride together if that makes you feel more comfortable. You could start slowly by riding on weekend mornings when there’s less traffic and build your confidence, then you’ll feel more able to commute at busier times. Remind yourself of ‘Rhode Rules’ and learn hand signals to stay safe on the roads. Does your bike need some work, maybe a tuneup? Visit us at Bike Newport and learn how to do get your bike road ready. Our staff and volunteers have the skills, knowledge and know-how to get your wheels turning again. Learn to change a flat. It’s not as hard as you think. In the Bike Garage we can help you learn how to take care of one of the most common bike riding issues. Then once you know you can teach someone else how to do the same. #payitforward Donate your time. Anyone can come and volunteer three hours of labor during open shop hours. In return they will be allowed to build a bike for free using our collection of frames and gently used parts! We have a constant flow of donated bikes to choose from. They are in different levels of disrepair; from frame to functional, and they just need some loving attention to get them back on the road! So come on over, help us out and earn yourself a bike every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 4.30-7pm and Saturdays 1-4pm. The post Do your new year’s resolutions include commuting by bike? appeared first on Bike Newport.

12

Jan

(Please) Map for Bikes!
(Please) Map for Bikes!

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04

Jan

Exciting news for the East Coast Greenway

On January 3rd, Brian Gallant, the Premier of New Brunswick announced $1 million in funding to begin the connection of the 15,000-mile coast-to-coast Trans Canada Trail  with the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway, which stretches from Key West, Fla. to Calais, Maine. The connection will run from St. Stephen, New Brunswick, to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and will effectively create the planet’s longest network of recreational trails. Bob Poirier is a resident of Moores Mills, New Brunswick, with roots and family in Newport and Providence. He has been advocating to connect the Greenway to the Trans Canada Trail for decades. He had this to say, “The vision is to have the world’s first linear park connecting Fundy National Park in New Brunswick and Acadia National Park in Maine and to be able to ride park to park. The uniqueness of the linear park would mean it would be a real destination for cyclists while spurring economic development in the area beyond just the summer months.” Since 1991, the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) has been creating segments of the trail throughout the East Coast to eventually link together, with a goal to have a 95 percent traffic-free route by 2030. Running alongside the rivers and train tracks that connect the East Coast’s cities, the Greenway has roughly 11 million visits per year and has 40,000 supporters and volunteers, according to the ECGA. “We see this as a great opportunity to link two trails, the East Coast Greenway and the Trans Canada Trail,” Molly Henry, ECGA’s New England Coordinator, said. “It’s really about two countries working together to connect these trails. It’s a small gap and yet we’d be connecting different countries and cultures, and bridging gaps in more ways than one. It makes sense from a bicycle tourism standpoint. This will be a great adventure, one to check off your bucket list.” https://www.greenway.org/about/the-east-coast-greenway So, for all the bike-loving explorers, more connections are coming! All we need is the time to pedal to our heart’s delight, crossing borders along the way. Key West to the Northwest Territories, anyone? Photo credit: bit.ly/2CRMjMv and bit.ly/2qod4Wn The post Exciting news for the East Coast Greenway appeared first on Bike Newport.

04

Jan

Exciting News for Continental Connections

On January 3rd, Brian Gallant, the Premier of New Brunswick announced $1 million in funding to begin the connection of the 15,000-mile coast-to-coast Trans Canada Trail  with the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway, which stretches from Key West, Fla. to Calais, Maine. The connection will run from St. Stephen, New Brunswick, to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and will effectively create the planet’s longest network of recreational trails. Bob Poirier is a resident of Moores Mills, New Brunswick, with roots and family in Newport and Providence. He has been advocating to connect the Greenway to the Trans Canada Trail for decades. He had this to say, “The vision is to have the world’s first linear park connecting Fundy National Park in New Brunswick and Acadia National Park in Maine and to be able to ride park to park. The uniqueness of the linear park would mean it would be a real destination for cyclists while spurring economic development in the area beyond just the summer months.” Since 1991, the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) has been creating segments of the trail throughout the East Coast to eventually link together, with a goal to have a 95 percent traffic-free route by 2030. Running alongside the rivers and train tracks that connect the East Coast’s cities, the Greenway has roughly 11 million visits per year and has 40,000 supporters and volunteers, according to the ECGA. “We see this as a great opportunity to link two trails, the East Coast Greenway and the Trans Canada Trail,” Molly Henry, ECGA’s New England Coordinator, said. “It’s really about two countries working together to connect these trails. It’s a small gap and yet we’d be connecting different countries and cultures, and bridging gaps in more ways than one. It makes sense from a bicycle tourism standpoint. This will be a great adventure, one to check off your bucket list.” https://www.greenway.org/about/the-east-coast-greenway So, for all the bike-loving explorers, more connections are coming! All we need is the time to pedal to our heart’s delight, crossing borders along the way. Key West to the Northwest Territories, anyone? Photo credit: bit.ly/2CRMjMv and bit.ly/2qod4Wn The post Exciting News for Continental Connections appeared first on Bike Newport.

28

Dec

We’re on the last lap…
We’re on the last lap…

This year you helped us: Reach 210 youths with Bike Library cards Distribute over 300+ bikes into the community Manage 40 high capacity bike racks Run more than 200 open Bike Garage sessions Park 4000+ bicycles during festivals Enroll 28 Roll Models in after school programs… … and so much more! We’re on the last lap of our financial kickstart into the new year where every donation up to $25,000 will be matched 100%! We’re almost there. Can you give us the last push to our $25,000 goal? Together, we can keep cranking. All donations are DOUBLED!   Thank you to all who make progress possible. Donate today!  The post We’re on the last lap… appeared first on Bike Newport.

18

Dec

So Many Reasons to support biking.

2017 has been an amazing year of progress and we have you and all of our partners, supporters and participants to thank. The end of the year is always our financial kickstart into the new year and we need your help to keep these wheels spinning! Every donation will be matched 100%! Let’s continue progress on the First Mile Bikeway, city infrastructure, safe road sharing education, and so much more. You know what to do! Click here to help us keep the wheels spinning in 2018 The post So Many Reasons to support biking. appeared first on Bike Newport.

08

Dec

Smile with Amazon this season

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05

Dec

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.