The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Jump to original: TAC Meeting – Letter to Members re: Major Amendment to the TIP
As you can imagine we’re THRILLED to be talking about this prospect, excited to be part of the discovery process, and will be helpful however we can to assist with community conversation. Bridge infrastructure for bikes and pedestrians returns consistent high economic and health benefits. The studies are extensive, numerous and consistent. We’ll explore this prospect together and look to deliver on a truly promising dream for 21st century transportation for our island and our region. Thank you Buddy Croft and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority – we look forward to working with you! Read more… The post Bike Paths on Aquidneck Island’s Bridges appeared first on Bike Newport.
Yup – that’s bikes as far as the eye can see… It’s a thing of beauty. HUGE shoutout and thanks to the diehard Bike Newport volunteers who are signing roads, and meeting, greeting, and parking 1800 people on bikes every day here at Fort Adams. Neither sun nor heat nor sweat nor grease stops these great folks from getting it done – with a smile! It’s a sight to see. And it’s shattering records. 50% more than our Friday record of 1200 and 20% more than our Saturday record of 1500. HERE’s how we roll – for more Folkfest snaps and videos visit @bikenewportri on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information on how you can bike to Fort Adams for summer events, click here. Another big shoutout to the Newport Police Department who are getting lots of kudos for their good cheer managing all these bikes amidst the traditionalists – aka motorists 🙂 Thanks to Sgt Cortes and the NPD! Ride safe. Ride happy. Always ride to the Folk and Jazz Festivals! The post Hey Hey From Newport Folk Festival appeared first on Bike Newport.
Those hot summer nights call for something a little different. Come and have the ultimate Newport experience. Ride with Bike Newport around Newport and end the evening a bar for a few New Belgium beverages. Bike to Beer! Fun times ahead as the rides feature New Belgium swag giveaways, glassware beer and the chance to win a New Belgium Bike! All rides start at Bike Newport • 62 Broadway, Newport RI Rides end at: Ride 1 – Tavern On Broadway • 16 Broadway Ride 2 – Benjamin’s Raw Bar • 254 Thames St Ride 3 – Midtown Oyster Bar • 345 Thames St $1 from every New Belgium beer you purchase benefits Bike Newport’s youth education programs as do any donations towards swag. Who’s in? The post Summer Rides with Bike Newport and New Belgium appeared first on Bike Newport.
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.
We’re excited to be partnering with the Newport County Community Mental Health Center‘s 7th Annual Tour de Newport on Sunday, September 27th, an event dedicated to the memory of Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino in honor of his ultimate sacrifice for his country in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Riders can choose 10/25/45 mile distances, all starting and ending at Rogers High School. This family-centered, health-focused, outdoor event is to support the continued provision of NCCMHC’s greatly needed outpatient services and 24 hour, 7-day-a-week emergency services which allow NCCMHC to respond to children and adults experiencing a mental health crisis, and to support local law enforcement and the hospital emergency department.
Hope to see you there!
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^photo by Dave Hansen, courtesy of the Newport Daily News
The newly-assembled Bridge Bike Partners – made up of the Tiverton Trailblazers, Bike Fall River, Narragansett Bay Wheelmen, Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, and Bike Newport – are announcing a celebratory ride and program on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in recognition of the dedicated bicycle/pedestrian path on the Sakonnet River Bridge! This protected and separated multi-use bridge path, which opened one year ago, is an extremely safe path designed for all road users – a design that all of the Bridge Bike Partners support and hope to see in more road design throughout the region.
All users of the path are invited to come celebrate – people on bikes, walking, skateboarding, roller-skating, and running are welcome to participate.
The group will then proceed back to the entrance to the bike lane on Evans Ave in Tiverton for a brief program and celebration at 1:00pm. Coming to celebrate just for the program portion? Park under the bridge on Riverside Drive.
This ride will take the place of Bike Newport’s normal Saturday ride. Want to ride from and to Newport for a total of 36 miles? We’ll leave from Bike Newport HQ at 437 Broadway at 9:00 am. We’ll follow Miantonomi and Green End Avenue to Third Beach Road, where we’ll pick up the east side of the Island Loop Route and continue to Park Avenue in Portsmouth. There, we’ll connect with the group that originates at the Park n’ Ride in Portsmouth. Interested in joining the ride from Newport? Email Liza.
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It’s 5:30 p.m. on a weekday summer evening on Broadway, and the sidewalk in front of Leo’s Market is bustling with bikes and bike paraphernalia. Boxes of helmets, locks, lights, reflective vests, and bells line the popular storefront where, according to owner Juan Campos, 80% of the clientele arrive by bike. The swishing of tire pumps, jangling of bells, and laughter of cobbled Spanglish fills the air as bicycles in all manners of style and function get outfitted for safe night riding.
This is Night Bright – an initiative of local advocacy organization, Bike Newport. The organization aims to make nighttime bike commuting safer for both cyclists and cars. “When an invisible cyclist suddenly appears, it’s a pretty scary encounter for both the cyclist and the motorist,” says Bari George, Bike Newport’s Executive Director. “We’re always encouraging cyclists to have equipment to see and be seen at night.”
Not only is it safer to have lights on your bike, it’s also the law. A Newport city ordinance requires a bicycle operating at night to have a white lamp on the front and a red reflector on the back. The problem is, not everyone can afford the equipment. That’s where the annual Bike Newport Night fundraiser came in – when local cycling supporters gathered for a mid-winter party at Thames Street’s SpeakEasy and raised the needed funds. Generous donations from NewportFed and the RIDOT Highway Safety Program will make even more equipment possible – up to 300 sets in total. Each set includes a helmet, front light, rear light, reflective vest, bell, lock, and vital “Rules of the Road” information cards.
Tom Kearns, owner of Ten Speed Spokes, supplied the lights at cost. He emphasizes the importance of proper lighting and reflection, no matter what the weather.
Kearns says, “Lights are important no matter what. As much as you think you’re in a bike lane, the guy in the car might not realize it. You can’t think you’re in this cone of protection – you have to be aware of your surroundings all the time. Always ride on the defensive.”
For the bicycle-dependent workers of Newport, Night Bright is supplying that crucial defense. Tonight is the second week of the distribution at Leo’s, and it’s going superbly. Bike Newport staff and volunteers install the lights and bells, make sure helmets fit properly, and hand out Rules of the Road cards printed in both English and Spanish. There are many familiar faces from last week – riders whose bikes were already outfitted bring a spare, bring the bike of a friend or relative, or just come to hang out and chat. Julio, who works in the kitchen at the Viking Hotel, was here last week. He stops at Leo’s after his day shift atop a shiny black mountain bike. He says the lights he received “have been great for riding home.”
The vast majority of the cyclists are men who, like Julio, work in the hospitality or restaurant industries. Yolando, who’s employed at 41° North, says he “loves riding home from work” after a long shift. Like all service industry jobs, the busy night shifts don’t get out until around midnight or later, making for a dangerous ride home.
Campos smiles as he dons a bright yellow Night Bright reflective safety vest. Safety is a big concern for him. “Last year alone, there were several accidents,” he says. “Not major accidents, but they ended up in the hospital. Wear a helmet, because it’ll save your life.”
While adjusting the elastic straps on a cyclist’s helmet, George says, “It’s been exciting to see this dream turn real. And the support of the bike shops makes it happen. It’s a really fine indication of what we can do together as a community. Hopefully we’re modeling it for other communities as well – let’s just get people lit! If you know there’s a problem, deal with it, address it, and make it better.”
Night Bright will continue throughout the fall at Leo’s Market, neighborhood churches, and places of employment. Suggestions from the public for distribution locations and times are welcome and may be emailed, along with requests for more information, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
George stresses that Night Bright is a reminder that every rider needs to be visible at night. Bike Newport urges all cyclists to be safe, smart, and legal by riding with lights, bell, helmet, and reflective apparel. Local suppliers include Ten Speed Spokes and Newport Bicycle in Newport, and Pedal Power in Middletown. See and be seen!