Did you know Rhode Island and Massachusetts have draft statewide Bicycle Planning Guides? Massachusetts Department of Transportation has a ‘Draft Municipal Resource Guide For Bikeability,’ and Rhode Island has a draft ‘Bicycle Mobility Plan.’ Give them a read and see the future when all road users are treated equally and we leave car-centric planning behind. These plans share missions: Biking will be a safe, comfortable, and convenient (MA) and safe, fun, and practical (RI) option for everyday travel. They are encouraging and informative documents that assist people in choosing bicycles, and municipalities in planning for bikeable places. Well done, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We hope to see them adopted soon! The post Statewide Bicycle Planning Guides appeared first on Bike Newport.
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All year round, people bring outgrown and otherwise unused bikes to Bike Newport’s community bike project – where they receive a little TLC and find their way to new owners. Bikes are restored and made road-ready by volunteers and by folks who earn the bikes through volunteering. Among the beach cruisers, road racers, and city bikes for grown-ups are dozens of bikes for tikes. With an extra happy holiday push, Bike Newport volunteers cleaned and tightened up 46 sets of wheels over the last few weeks and delivered the bikes to the Pell School to join Santa’s other surprises at a community toy distribution on Saturday, December 8th. Bike bows and shiny chrome brought smiles to lots of little ones who also left with helmets and “Roll Model” lessons on safe cycling. The post Pell School Santa’s Bike Giveaway 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.
Join Bike Newport and hundreds of cyclists as we ride Newport County’s scenic coastline while celebrating the life and passion of Dr. Elliot Kaminitz. The third annual Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride will be held on June 21, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. With a range of distances from 6, 10 and 25 miles, riders of all levels can participate. We are also engaging young cyclists with a Kids “Tour de Fort”, sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. This youth program and activity area will be hosted inside the walls of Fort Adams State Park, which will provide a fun and safe environment for kids and parents to participate.
All three ride options start and finish inside Fort Adams State Park. Following the ride, food and beverages will be available for participants. Riders are encouraged to choose the distance that suits their abilities.
“There in Spirit”: Can’t get to Newport, but want to participate? Join us in spirit! Sign up and take a ride with your family and friends wherever you are on Father’s Day morning. Send us a photo and/or tag the Father’s Day Ride! Don’t let the distance keep you from supporting Elliot’s legacy of more, better and safer cycling.
This year, for the first time, no one will miss the ride for financial reasons. There is a “fee waiver request” on the registration form as well as the opportunity for riders to sponsor other riders. Everyone who wants to ride will be able to ride. Our goal is to get more families and individuals of all ages and abilities to participate and to ensure that no one is denied the chance to ride.
Proceeds from this event support Bike Newport’s bicycle safety programs.
Volunteers still needed! Contact Liza.
Please say THANKS to our Father’s Day Ride sponsors and community partners:
IE-Cycle, Corrigan Financial, Worldways Social Marketing, Newport Daily News, KVH Industries, Newport County YMCA, and Representative Lauren Carson. And to our community partners Empire Tea & Coffee, A Market, Panera, Newport Yogis, Hooley, Mansion Rentals, Newport Bicycle and Ten Speed Spokes.
For more information about supporting the 2015 Father’s Day Ride:
Bike Newport: (401) 619-4900, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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Did you know that the number one reason people don’t bike is a lack of confidence riding with motorized traffic? This oft-cited 2009 report by the Portland Bureau of Transportation split up the general population into four types of cyclists: less than 1% were “Strong and Fearless” , 7% were “Enthused and Confident”, 60% were “Interested but Concerned”, and 33% were “No Way No How”.
We want to reach and support that 60% – those who would like to bike for transportation and recreation in and around Newport, but don’t. These hesitant cyclists would benefit from many basic skills that can improve bike safety, road sharing, and confidence. Are you “Interested but Concerned”, or do you know somebody who might be? Overcome your worries and start down the road to a car-light life by signing up for a class. Bike Newport offers a variety of educational programs at our Bike Garage locations as well as on-road. Or, gather a group of eight or more and we’ll come to you! Sign up here.
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HAPPINESS IS …
… ditching the car, enjoying the ride and skipping the traffic and parking hassles. Here’s how to BIKE to the Festivals.
Just one request – okay two – bring your LIGHTS and HELMET. You’ll likely be leaving after dark and mother wants you to be SAFE and VISIBLE. Jeepers, kids, we know you’re a rock star in the saddle, and we all love wind in our hair, but it’s a ZOO out there. Here are some local TIPS (and laws) for your safety.
Please be aware that Newport in the summer is congested and drivers can be distracted. You should expect heavier traffic during the Festivals. Ride carefully, pay extra attention and give yourself plenty of time to ride over.
Another thing – Newport is known for its history and beauty – but not so much for the condition of the roads. Watch for holes and ruts!
PARK N’ BIKE:
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 at 437 Broadway (Bike Newport HQ) – a very convenient location if arriving from the bridge or from the north. There is no charge for parking, though donations to your fab host – Bike Newport – are always welcome! Donations support bike education and road sharing initiatives.
Driving directions to 437 Broadway parking lot from the Newport Pell Bridge: Take the 114 North/Fall River/Cape Cod exit off the bridge. (Do not take the downtown Newport exit.) At the end of the ramp, take a left on Admiral Kalbfus Rd. Travel .6 miles and take a right on Broadway, then .3 miles to #437 on the left. Look for a “Park n’ Bike” sign marking the driveway. Park in our lot and ride the 5 miles to Fort Adams, looking for the yellow cyclist road signs along the way.
BASIC BIKE ROUTE to Fort Adams:
Just look for the Bike Newport cyclist signs and follow him (her?) to Fort Adams! We highly recommend you also check the maps below. You can pull them all up on your phone. Happy cycling! Reminder – bring lights!! You’ll likely be heading home in the dark.
AT FORT ADAMS: Bike Parking and Tune Ups
Talk about premiere parking! When you arrive at Fort Adams, go ahead and pass all the cars backed up and out of the park, bike all the way in and right up to the Entrance Gate – that’s where you’ll find Bike Parking. Volunteers and mechanics from Bike Newport and REI will be on hand to help you. You can sign up for some basic maintenance while you’re inside at the show. Brake work, gear adjustment, or how about a nice clean ‘n polish job? All proceeds benefit Bike Newport’s programs for youth. Uber thanks to our friends and partners at REI.
Photo credit: Brian Lima
Want to lend a hand at the festivals? We need all the help we can get parking up to 1,000 bikes a day. All volunteers receive a wristband to the event as well – help us make Newport’s biggest summer event a bike-friendly one and catch some fabulous acts while you’re at it! Email or call us at (401) 619-4900 to sign up.
ABOUT BIKE NEWPORT
Newport’s very own bicycle advocacy organization is bringing you all the bike support goodies – Park n’ Bike, Bike Routes, Bike Maps, Bike Parking, On-Site Tune-Ups and Bike Power – because we LOVE bikes and we LOVE the Folk and Jazz Festivals and we LOVE when you all leave your cars home and enjoy the ride.
Bike Newport – working to improve and encourage cycling in and around Newport. Thanks for being part of the solution!
ABOUT REI: Our Folk Fest Bike Parking Partner
We know and love REI as the premier outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. In addition to offering high-quality award-winning outdoor gear and apparel, REI is passionate about the outdoors and committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations, and financial contributions. REI volunteers and mechanics will be on hand at the 2014 Folk Festival to support bike parking and help with bike tuneups. Visit REI here and sign up for REI classes here. THANKS, REI!
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