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Bike Newport Night 2019 – new location! We LOVE our friends at our past location – Midtown Oyster Bar – thanks for all the great years upstairs! And we LOVE our friends at our NEW location – PARLOR Bar & Kitchen – THANK YOU for bringing us to the ground floor where even more of us can celebrate BIKE PROGRESS. We can’t wait for this party! There’ll be singing, dancing, thrilling and chilling – and lots of great food and drink as we celebrate Bike Newport and fundraise for the PUMP TRACK at the Big Blue Bike Barn! Fantastic food, amazing auction items, VeloSprint Racing, the best live music, and the annual GRAND PRIZE bike! What’s this Pump Track, you ask? Well, just as we’re breaking ground, cutting doors, designing gardens, planning the murals and trails for our spring buildout at the Big Blue Bike Barn – the Housing Authority has generously DOUBLED the land they’re making available to us. Talk about partners! Why? Because they know that our young people STILL need a place to ride and play away from cars – and what better place than a PUMP TRACK? The kids are too stoked for words – and so are we – so let’s build this thing! And yes – of course, YOU can ride there, too! we’ll just let the kids go first 🙂 The Pump Track will make a great thing even better – The Bike Barn already has work underway for program areas and shelter from the sun. For solar panels and community gardens and a connecting trails into Miantonomi Park. Now we’ve added a Pump Track to the plan. This is all thanks to YOU – our fellow dreamers and doers – and your support and enthusiasm. And we couldn’t be more grateful. Exciting silent auction donations are rolling in from many of our business friends. Check back often – here and on our Facebook Event page – and do spread the word! So COME TO BIKE NEWPORT NIGHT and CELEBRATE. Questions about the event? Want to volunteer or donate to the auction? Whatever you need, just contact Allyson McCalla (401) 619-4900 firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon! The kids are waiting! The post Bike Newport Night 2019 – Fund The Pump Track! appeared first on Bike Newport.
It’s been two and half years since Bike Newport moved into 62 Broadway, so we thought it was about time we had a revamp and treated our trusty space to a lick of paint. It took five staff three days to scrub, mop, paint and polish and this is the result. Come and see it for yourself, it’s quite remarkable what new paint and reorganization can do! The post Bike Garage Revamp – Before and After appeared first on Bike Newport.
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.
It’s Friday morning in Newport. The Bike Newport office that’s home to the Bike Garage is buzzing with Rogers High School interns. Teenagers are spread out across the garage floor, working on bicycles in different stages of repair. The sound of gear changes and a steady clank of pedal wrenches fills the room. An assortment of vintage, road and mountain bikes hang from bike stands awaiting further repairs to become road ready steeds. The teenagers are participating in an internship program, the result of a partnership between Rogers High School and the Bike Newport. The students learn the craft of bicycle refurbishing, maintenance, and troubleshooting under the guidance of Art Spivak, a volunteer bike mechanic mentor. These skills prepare them for a personal interest in bike repair and, more importantly, future employment in the growing bicycle repair industry. Bike Newport also offers Bike Garage times that are open to the public — including three evenings a week and a Saturday afternoon – for people to come in and service their own bicycles. During this time, community members have full access to the shop’s bike stands, specialized tools, and the staff’s expertise. As a non-profit, Bike Newport opened its doors in 2011 with the mission to ‘improve, encourage and facilitate bicycling in and around Newport for the health and well-being of our youth and families and as a viable and enjoyable method of transportation for residents and visitors.’ Whether it’s reaching out to Rhode Island’s youth or opening its doors to the community, Bike Newport is excited for 2019 to continue to having a big impact on the people of Newport and surrounding areas. Bike Garage – Mon, Wed, Thur – 4:30-7pm / Saturday 1-4pm 62 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840 bikenewportri.org The post Connecting people and bicycles. appeared first on Bike Newport.
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Welcome Allyson McCalla! Allyson is our new Office and Outreach Manager and we’re so excited to have her on board. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in office management, outreach, events, organizing and fundraising. Come in and say ‘Hi’, and join us in welcoming her to the Bike Newport family. The post Welcome Allyson McCalla! appeared first on Bike Newport.
The kids of Newport have been telling us for a long time that they need a place to be kids. Somewhere they can ride, play and learn. A place they can call theirs. Imagine this: all the buzz and excitement as kids gather for play time and spring/summer camps at the Big Blue Bike Barn. Here they’ve learned bike care and road safety skills. Many have restored a bike of their own. They’re riding freshly cleared trails in Miantonomi Park all the way to the tower, and they’re looking out over their hometown. Work is underway at the Big Blue Bike Barn to make this dream real. We’re outfitting the interiors of two big shipping containers with bike racks and shelving. Metalworkers are preparing to cut doors into the sides. Students from Roger Williams University School of Architecture are designing the awnings and work areas. All donations will be doubled – Donate today! “It’s going to be fun to ride around with other kids at the Big Blue Bike Barn. Everyone will go because they’ll learn so much and be off the roads and in the woods instead. For kids, learning to work on their own bikes and seeing the progress they’re making – riding and having a place to go and work on bikes – is so great. The Bike Barn will be so cool” – Matthias Wildes, 16. East Bay Met School intern. Traffic-free, safe and healthy places for young people to learn and grow are essential – help us make it happen! Visit our website for more stories from our Bike Newport family. Together, we’re making progress. All donations will be doubled – Donate today! The post Meet Matthias and Newport’s Bike Hub appeared first on Bike Newport.