Order Your Bike Newport Jersey!
Now til Monday, September 14th
Last fall we unleashed Squiddo onto the streets of Newport – now he’s back for another limited-time run! Manufactured by Pactimo Apparel, the jerseys are high-performance, high-quality, and elastic-free.
Bike Newport members receive 15% off all merchandise. (Prices are subject to change).
Short sleeve – Members: $76.50 | Non-members: $90
Long sleeve – Members: $100 | Non-members: $115
Email us your order right away: Include your name and contact information. For each jersey you order, please indicate: male/female; long sleeve or short sleeve; and size (XS to XXL. Jerseys tend to run small, so order a size up. We will have a Fit Kit available to try on soon). Payment will be required in advance. Mail or bring your check to 437 Broadway, or call Liza at 619-4900 to arrange credit card payment.
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 for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover. Along with local environmental organizations Sailors for the Sea, 11th Hour Racing, Representative Lauren H. Carson, RI-DEM, Fort Adams Trust, Clean Ocean Access, Sail Newport, Newport Biodiesel and the stopover’s sponsor SCA, 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. Join the Green Team at the Volvo Ocean Race!
All volunteers for the whole shebang have to register through the Sail Newport volunteer portal. Please do so! There, you can sign up for the Green Team individual tasks, which are:
Waste Educator: To minimize the waste we send to the landfill, we need to ensure spectators use the right bin. Waste Educators will use this opportunity to inform spectators about proper waste management and how waste management can eliminate the need for landfills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and other big benefits.
Bicycle Greeter: Provide bike maps, assistance with parking, and other helpful resources to attendees and those arriving on two wheels.
Educational Signage: Ensure informative environmental signage is in place, engage spectators on the sustainability efforts and inform spectators on proper sustainability practices.
Sustainability Exhibit: Educate and engage VOR spectators on the sustainability efforts underway at the Newport stopover at the Exploration Zone.
Once in the volunteer portal, you can also choose the times and dates to volunteer that work best with your schedule. Commit to three shifts between May 5-17 and get a Green Team t-shirt!
Please help us spread the word – get your friends, family, roommates, and coworkers in on the sustainability action. Feel free to use the graphic below to post on your social media channels, and direct people to the sign up at the volunteer portal.
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^ People’s Credit Union sponsored their first bike hitch in 2011, and their second in the new Queen Anne Square. Shown at the new bike hitch are (l-r) Don Jagoe, cyclist and bike hitch sponsor; Scott Wheeler, City of Newport Building and Grounds Supervisor / Tree Warden; Bari Freeman, Executive Director at Bike Newport; and Marie Everett, Newport Branch Manager, People’s Credit Union. (photo courtesy People’s Credit Union)
As more people opt to pop out of the car and into the bike saddle, the search for bike parking in Newport is on. There are only so many signposts that can double as a bike hitch. Bike Newport and the City’s Department of Public Services are looking for ways to increase bike parking options. In the process, the commitment is to install racks that respect the bikes, the cyclists and the properties. No more wobbly school racks. New racks will meet the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) Bicycle Parking Guidelines – providing two points of contact for any bike to hold it stable. Bike parking will be a combination of bike hitches that generally hold 1-2 bicycles, and higher capacity racks, that hold upwards of six bicycles.
The City has already installed new racks at Scotts Wharf, Storer Park, Queen Anne Square, and the Cliff Walk Trail Head at Forty Steps. New racks are in place at Pell School and on order for Thompson Middle School as part of the Safe Routes to School programs. Plans are underway for racks in the new Broadway Streetscape.
Studies are proving that bikes are good for business – cycling consumers are loyal customers – returning most often and spending the most money, according to a 2009 study in Toronto, ON. Recent research out of Portland, OR, shows that cycling customers spent more money per person than their car-driving counterparts at bars, restaurants and convenience stores.
That’s good news for local business – and the key to a new opportunity for bike friendly and community conscious businesses and individuals to get on board. Fifteen business-sponsored bike hitches were installed around the city in 2012, and now a new wave of hitches is gaining steam. Zipcar will sponsor four hitches, decked out in Zipcar green, near the Lower Thames Zipcar location. “Many Zipcar members are also avid bicyclists,” remarked Chris Moulding, Zipcar’s manager in Providence. “With these sponsored bike racks in Newport, along with the convenience of Zipcar, members will have easy access to more sustainable transportation options when they need them.”
Of four bike hitches installed at Queen Anne Square, two are sponsored, one by People’s Credit Union, and one by Brian Hennessey – former People’s CFO and former Board Member at Bike Newport. Hennessey made the rack a parting gift when he relocated to San Jose, California. “People’s sees the racks as direct community service, and as a way of demonstrating support of our cycling clients. It’s a program we are all thrilled to get behind,” explained Marie Everett, People’s Newport Branch Manager.
Bike Newport hopes that as the racks pop up, so will more and sponsors. That’s just what happened with Newport resident and cycling enthusiast, Don Jagoe. Don saw the People’s racks and immediately contacted Bike Newport to sponsor one himself. “The fact that part of the funds support Bike Newport’s programming is icing on the cake,” he shared. “Every time I see our youth engaged in bike mechanics and bike skills training, I’m happy. These programs are opening the world of health, freedom and confidence to our kids at an early age. And I get to request a rack close to my favorite shops. Works for me!”
The sponsored hitches are available at a cost of $500 – with $375 paying for the hitch and sponsorship plaque, and the balance supporting Bike Newport’s bicycle education initiatives in Newport. Higher capacity bike racks can be sponsored as well.
Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring a bike rack can find more information here – or call (401) 619-4900.
Three years ago, volunteers of the Star Kids Scholarship Program organized the first StarRide; a bike event for families and friends around the Ocean Drive area of Newport, RI. Routes were designed for all ages and abilities, ranging from 3 miles to 35 miles. Star Kids, Star Kids supporters, friends and families had a great morning ride. The first year of the event was fun and successful, raising enough to fund for two scholarships.
Last year’s event grew in popularity and sponsorship. Treasure chests were introduced and “Keys to a Child’s Success” were sold for $10 at registration. When riders returned, they checked to see if their key opened a treasure chest with prizes, such as tickets to a Red Sox game, dinner for four at top restaurants, jewelry certificates and much more. The 2nd annual event raised enough money to fund three scholarships.
This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. The routes are being opened to walkers and runners, and a 35 mile loop is being added for serious cyclists. Ten Speed Spokes has offered to loan bikes to anyone needing one (Contact Ten Speed Spokes by September 10) and will also be on hand to do a safety check on bikes. The treasure chests are filling again with great gifts, including a bike from Newport Bicycle, jewelry, pottery, art and gift certificates. It looks like it is going to be another great day!
Anyone can register and/or donate at www.starride.net. Routes are posted on the website. Sign in at 8am and routes open at 9am at the Cluny School, 75 Brenton Rd, Newport, RI. ‘Keys to a Child’s Success’ will be sold at registration for $10.
The grill will fire up for after ride treats and riders can see if their key unlocks a treasure chest.
All profits benefit the Newport/Fall River chapter of Star Kids Scholarship Program. The goal of this program is to provide excellent educational opportunities through high school to children of families who have struggled with addiction and/or incarceration. Currently there are 94 children in this chapter. Of the tracked Star Kids who have graduated from high school since the program’s inception, 83% have gone on to higher education. Nine out of ten Star Kid high school graduates from the class of 2014 will be going on to higher education. These Star Kids are breaking the intergenerational cycle, and going on to lead productive, enriched lives.
It was a picture perfect day on June 15th, 2014, when 200 riders and 40 volunteers came out to celebrate Father’s Day, to honor the life and passion of Elliot Kaminitz, and to ride together in celebration of more, better and safer cycling.
Thanks to all of our wonderful business supporters:
Sponsor: Corrigan Financial
Raffle Sponsor: Strong Spas (and congrats to State Rep Linda Finn on winning the Spa!)
Generous Partners: A Market, Bagel Boys, Chaves’ Gardens, Crystal Spring, ecoRI, Empire Tea & Coffee, Hooley Re-Sails, Mansion Rentals, Newport Daily News, Newport Bicycle, Newport Pedicab, Scooter World, Shaw’s Supermarket, SpaTerre at Hotel Viking, Ten Speed Spokes, Thames Street Yoga, Team One Newport
Thanks to all the participants who swabbed for life with Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.
Thanks to our fabulous VOLUNTEERS without whom none of this would be possible – you are all rock stars and deeply appreciated.
Thanks to all of our generous DONORS for recognizing that supporting bicycling is a simple and important solution to so many of our challenges.
And thanks especially to the beautiful Kaminitz Family for working so hard to improve and encourage more, better, and safer cycling for all – in memory and honor of their loving husband, father, and grandfather, Elliot Kaminitz.
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What better way to spend the morning of Dad’s day than a family-friendly bike ride around Newport’s Ocean Drive and celebration at Fort Adams? The 2nd annual Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride has plenty of options for the whole family:
6, 10, and 25-mile bike routes. The 6-mile route will be coned and police-escorted. Riders must be comfortable riding with traffic, follow all road signs and signals, and ALL riders are required to wear a helmet.
Kids “Tour de Fort” offers safe cycling skills and fun inside the Fort.
Pedicab rides are available for the 6-mile route but must be reserved by Thursday, June 12th.
2-mile Fort Adams Bay Walk.
“There in Spirit” option for out-of-towners or those with previous commitments.
Unregistered riders must arrive by 7:15 a.m.
Pre-registered riders may check in at the following times and locations:
• Saturday 6/14: 3:00-6:00pm Bike Newport office 437 Broadway
• Sunday 6/15: 7:00-7:45am Ride Site Fort Adams, inside the Fort
Ride start: 8:00 a.m.
All festivities will wrap up by noon, leaving plenty of time for more Father’s Day celebrations!
We’re seeking volunteers! Please email or call us at (401) 619-4900 if you’d like to lend a hand.
Community Bike Love
We’re thrilled to welcome RIPTA and nuride.com as our presenting sponsors – HUGE thanks for their support of sustainable transportation. Be sure to register your green transportation at nuride.com. Free bike rentals from Newport Bicycle, Ten Speed Spokes, Hooley Re-Sails, Scooter World and Mansion Rentals are available for the ride – must reserve in advance. Our friends at Thames Street Yoga will be leading a pre-ride stretch session at 7:30 a.m. and SpaTerre at Hotel Viking will be giving massages afterwards – no sore muscles at this Father’s Day! Pre- and post-ride refreshments will be provided by A Market, Bagel Boys, Shaw’s Supermarket, Crystal Spring, and Empire Tea & Coffee. Our partners also include Chaves’ Gardens, Newport Daily News, Team One Newport, ecoRI, and Corrigan Financial. Additionally, the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation will be collecting cheek swabs – take 5 minutes to register and you could save a life!
If you’re coming from over the bridges and far away and want to add a few miles to your ride, use our dedicated “Park ‘n Bike” lot. This free parking lot is located at Bike Newport’s new office – 437 Broadway – the former Triplett School. You can park, hop on your bike, and pedal the 4 miles to Fort Adams. If you’d rather park closer, Fort Adams parking lot is also free and available. Or put your bike on RIPTA’s bike racks, ride the bus to Newport’s Gateway Center and pedal the three miles to Fort Adams. Need directions from any of these locations? Check our Newport Bicycle Map.
All funds raised at the Father’s Day Ride honor Dr. Elliot Kaminitz’s memory and his dream of a bike-friendly Newport by supporting Bike Newport’s safe cycling programs and initiatives. For more information, go to FathersDayRide.org. For news, updates, photos and bike love, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Want to brighten your day and get pumped for the ride? Check out last year’s beautiful video. See you on Father’s Day!
Bike routes: 6, 10, and 25 mile options
Grand Prize winner Hootie Fogg and Tom Kearns, Ten Speed Spokes owner and Grand Prize donor. HUGE thanks to Tom for the beautiful Specialized Crossroads.
WOW was that a great party!
Rack ‘em Up was a huge success – more than 200 bike lovers celebrated to the tunes of Pier Jump and Los Duderinos with the help of Common Fence Music in the fabulous venue of our uber host-with-the-most Midtown Oyster Bar. Awards were won, songs were sung, oysters were devoured, videos played and racing hearts pumped (for real!). We welcomed many new Bike Newport members, sold a slew of rad merchandise, and had a blast on RI Bike’s VeloSprints! In addition to all the fun we had, we raised about $4,500 – an amazing start to our campaign to purchase portable parking for 1,000 bikes.
Wow, what a time. We thank everyone for coming out to eat, dance, drink, and bid in support of BIKE RACKS. We love our cycling community!
Check out some photos from the event, by Tyson Bottenus:
THANKS! to all our wonderful volunteers who made the night a success: Allison McNally, Laura Murphy, Deanna Casey, Lori Bates, Pat Clayton, Alec Boyle, Matt Newton, Amanda Ward, Tyson Bottenus, Tim Leary, Sarah Leary, Matt Moritz, and Betty Bourret.
And THANKS! to all the local businesses, organizations and individuals who donated to our raffles and silent auction. Be sure to frequent our donors’ businesses and show the Bike Love!
Alexander Nesbitt Photography
Angela Moore Jewelry
Angel Hair & Nails
Brick Alley Pub
Common Fence Music
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Green Valley Country Club
Humble Pie Company
Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center
Julie Basil Pierce Massage Therapy
Meg Heriot Photography
Midtown Oyster Bar
Narragansett Brewing Company
Newport Art Museum
The Newport Experience
Newport Folk Festival
Newport Yachting Center & Marina
Norman Bird Sanctuary
Patagonia on Thames
Preservation Society of Newport County
Sailors for the Sea
Sea Angel Salon
Secret Garden Tours
Ten Speed Spokes
Tennis Hall of Fame
Twin Oaks Restaurant