17

Jun

Jamestown North Main Road: For Safety Sake

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Originally posted here:  Jamestown North Main Road: For Safety Sake

06

Jun

Heard about the Pilot Bike-share Program in Newport?

This weekend, on Saturday, June 9th, the Pilot Program for the P3 Global Management ‘Newport Bike Solutions Bike-Share’ begins. Join us at the launch outside Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center at 10am. There will be 4 locations to find the bikes over the weekend – Discover Newport, Preservation Society of Newport County (424 Bellevue), Fort Adams Newport, Ri and Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center. Get up to speed with all you need to know about the P3 Global Management Newport Bike-share and how to use the bikes by visiting: newportbikeshare.com Get ahead and download the app today. With just three simple steps, you’ll be rolling in no time. P3GM Newport Bike Solutions are also the title sponsor of Elliot’s Ride and we’ll have the bike-share bikes at Fort Adams on Sunday June 10th ready for you to give it go. If you can’t make it to Elliot’s Ride on Sunday but you would still like to support the ride, you can donate here. The fees will be donated to the Elliot Kaminitz Fund for Bicycle Safety which support youth bike education programs.‬ The post Heard about the Pilot Bike-share Program in Newport? appeared first on Bike Newport.

01

Jun

Getting to Elliot’s Ride For Everyone

ELLIOT’S RIDE FOR EVERYONE SHUTTLE BUS Sunday June 10th • 9-1pm • Fort Adams The goal of Elliot’s Ride for Everyone is to bring together people of every walk of life, every style of biking, and every level of experience and comfort – to ride together along the ocean coastline with a spotlight on safe, comfortable, and confident sharing of our roads by all road users. This year riders can choose between routes of 6, 10 and 22 miles. Bike Newport marshals will support all rides and the Newport Police will provide escort along the 6-mile route to keep the everyone rolling safely and smoothly. There will also be a kids Tour de Fort inside the fort walls and a 2 mile bay walk loop. Register today! Don’t have a bike? No problem. We’ll have a fleet of bikes for you to borrow (first come, first served), just hop on the bus and ride when you get there! Or come to Bike Newport’s Bike Garage – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 4:30-7:00pm, and Sat 1-4pm – and Adopt-A-Bike or Earn-A-Bike before the event on June 10th. Don’t have a way to get to Fort Adams? No problem. Take our event shuttle! A shuttle bus and and van will pick up at several locations around town and will carry you and your bike to Fort Adams and back again after the event thanks to Durham School Services. Parking: Park right at the event – lots of parking is available at Fort Adams and feel free to park anywhere in Newport where long-term parking is permitted – be sure to check signs for restrictions. Or, you can head straight to our dedicated “Park n’ Bike” lot: Note: there are NOT bikes for rent at the Park n’ Bike lots. To rent a bike in Newport, check out our listing of local bike shops. Newport County YMCA, 792 Valley Road, Middletown Open May 1st – September 1st A big “thank you” goes out to our amazing partners at the YMCA who have offered their third lot (highest up the hill where you’ll see the “Park n’ Bike” signs) for cycling visitors. Please do not park in the first or second lot. There is no charge, and spots are first come, first served. Map location of the Y Bicycle route from the Y to Fort Adams – 5.1 miles • Approx 30 mins Bicycle route from Fort Adams to the Y– 5.1 miles • Approx 30 mins The post Getting to Elliot’s Ride For Everyone appeared first on Bike Newport.

29

May

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. View this article: Pilot Bike Share Coming to Newport • June 9 – 10th

29

May

Bike to Newport Polo

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25

May

Free shuttles for bikes & riders

Big news!  The RI BRIDGE BIKE SHUTTLE will begin on June 23rd, 2018. Don’t let a couple of bridges get in the way of your ride! Partners Bike Newport, RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority, Discover Newport, and the YMCA together present a new project to get bicyclists across the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazano Bridges. Beginning June 23rd a free service will be in place on Saturdays through the summer season to shuttle bicyclists from Newport to Jamestown to North Kingstown, making three rounds each day. Reservations will be made online at www.ribridgebikeshuttle.com. Eric Offenberg, Director of Engineering at RITBA, explained, “If you want to ride around Jamestown and then continue on to Narragansett, or you want to come to Jamestown and continue on to Newport, you’ll be able to get across and know you have a way back across the bridges.” “Whether they’re coming from Connecticut or Key West, whether they’re going to Newport or the Cape or Canada, we want to make sure that our bridges don’t get in the way of cyclists passing through Aquidneck Island,” said Bari Freeman of Bike Newport. The post Free shuttles for bikes & riders appeared first on Bike Newport.

19

May

From Bagels to Bridges – Bike to Work Day 2018

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Credit:  From Bagels to Bridges – Bike to Work Day 2018

11

May

We’re here at The Volvo Ocean Race!
We’re here at The Volvo Ocean Race!

The Bike Newport exhibit at the Volvo Ocean Race is up and ready to greet hundreds of you as you pass through the Exploration Zone. If you don’t have plans already to come down, we highly recommend figuring out a way to make it happen. The Race Village is hopping with energy and excitement as everyone from school children to race teams mingle and enjoy what’s on offer. See the boats up close, experience what life is like onboard in a model boat, watch a documentary about the race, get your fill with yummy food trucks and more.  And of course come and see us and our exhibit in the Exploration Zone. This is one event this season you won’t want to miss. The bike route signs are now posted leading everyone to and from Fort Adams from our Park ‘n Bike locations at the YMCA and 437 Broadway. Spread the word, let’s get everyone on bikes and avoid that crazy traffic! The post We’re here at The Volvo Ocean Race! appeared first on Bike Newport.

08

May

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Excerpt from:  Join us for the launch of ELLIOT’S RIDE FOR EVERYONE 2018

02

May

This Saturday, May 5th, we will host the first-ever car-free community bike ride on Middle Road in Portsmouth. We are VERY excited. Opportunities to ride car-free on Aquidneck Island are few and far between, and pretty much limited to parks and parking lots. But not this weekend! With the help of the Portsmouth Police Department, the blessing of the RI Department of Transportation, and the support of dozens of generous sponsors and energetic volunteers, we will have two wonderful hours of stress-free street biking in Aquidneck Island’s lovely farming corridor. Hooray, we say!!! And there is one person whom we can thank for making it happen. Meet Daniela Abbott. Daniela approached Bike Newport just five short weeks ago. “Would you help us to run a community ride in Portsmouth?” she asked. “What are you thinking?” we replied. “Car Free,” she answered. “We’re in!” we enthused. But there was a caveat. “We are full up”, we shared. We can promote it, and we can marshal it, but you’ll have to pull off all the permissions, partnerships, sponsors, neighborhood alerts, and even the graphics. “No sweat,” said Daniela. And the rest is history. Or it will be, come 4pm on Saturday, when we break down from the inaugural soon-to-be-annual Farm-to-Farm Bike Ride in Portsmouth. Daniela hit the ground pedaling – calling sponsors, raising cash, rallying town officials and police, downloading permits, and personally designing and distributing all of the posters, flyers, Facebook banners and more. Somehow, we kept up with her whirlwind. And here we are three days out from what promises to be an amazing day. Do come!! The event runs from 2-4pm on Saturday, May 5th. You can arrive by bike or car to the north end of Middle Road, where parking will be available. You’ll be directed to the start at the Middle Road side of Escobar’s Inn. The full length of the route is two miles, a comfortable four-mile round-trip for just about any rider or walker. You’ll pass six family farms along the way and enjoy some of the nicest agricultural scenery on the island. Find out more at www.bikenewportri.org/farmtofarmride/ But let’s get back to Daniela. We love her story – and so will you! Dr. Nate Tilman is a Portsmouth Dentist, and sponsor of the Farm to Farm Ride (Thanks Nate!) We asked him why he sponsored this ride so quickly and so generously. Here’s what he had to say: “Daniela? She’s Superwoman. It’s amazing the number of different activities she’s able to organize and still make it all look so effortless. When I heard the evolution of this event and Daniela’s role in it, I wasn’t at all surprised. I hope it becomes an annual event to have a traffic-free family bike event. It’s something we need!” We asked the same question of ride sponsor Nick King of Bristol Marine (Thanks Nick!). “Daniela? She’s a force to be reckoned with. She comes up with an idea and sees it through and doesn’t let anything stand in her way. I support Daniela in all her ventures – whatever they may be!.” And then there’s Daniela’s husband, Brendan, president of the fan club. “We’ve been talking about improving biking on the island ever since we moved here. We’ve traveled a bunch and have seen that the most vibrant communities support biking. Most people might think that better biking is a small deal, but Daniela knows it’s a community game changer and she’s working to make it happen.” Yowza – we love go-getters. And that would be Daniela. She’s determined to help more people get on bikes, and she knows that we need to make it safer, easier, and more comfortable to get over that hump of concern about riding with cars. We can’t just put people on roads with no sidewalks and no accommodation for bikes. We need to GO GET those improvements. Here’s Daniela’s version of the story: “I grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil – population 20 million.  My brother and I rode circles on our bikes around our apartment building tennis court.  Summers in Minnesota, I marveled at the freedom of riding my bike from home to the town beach with my cousins.  That’s my dream for Aquidneck Island!    “I know, we can’t change overnight, people need to first embrace transportation options and not rely on cars for everything.  Having healthier alternatives will improve our quality of life and bring our communities closer together. “The goal of the Farm-to-Farm Bike Ride is to create more community awareness and call for outdoor activities that families and friends can do together – including every age and ability. Middle Road has farms and nurseries all along the way.  Riding and walking past them helps us all to value our local farms!”   Daniela’s been thinking about improving biking in Portsmouth, and all across Aquidneck Island since her new mom days pushing a stroller – and being terrified on Middle Road. To this day she watches joggers, walkers, and bikers navigate the same. She’s determined to GO GET those improvements. To create and expand a network of safe, separated routes island-wide, so everyone can get where they’re going on bicycles and walking – and not be forever car-dependent. THANK YOU, Daniela! We’ll see you on Saturday and thank you in person. You and other bike riders and advocates are inspiring. It takes commitment like yours to make progress. We’ll get there together!! Does Daniela inspire you? Do you know a Bike Hero? We’d love to feature their story, too! Email Clare and tell us more. Ride safe. Ride happy. Ride! The post Meet Bike Hero Daniela Abbott: The Force Behind the Farm-to-Farm Ride appeared first on Bike Newport.