Join us on Friday May 17th, Bike Newport is hosting Bike to Work Day. We’ll gather for our annual Bike Commuter Breakfast from 7-9 a.m…
For the fifth year, we’ve used the occasion of National Bike to Work Day to present the annual Bike Friendly Business of the Year award. The announcement at City Hall on May 19th, was attended by many local bicyclists, advocates, and supporters. Bike Newport shared: “This year, the award goes to Panera Bread – for demonstrating a commitment to improved biking in Newport at every opportunity – for installing a branded bike high capacity bike rack; for honoring Art Weekley, a cycling enthusiast customer who lost his life while biking; for providing refreshment at innumerable bike events, including the annual Bike Commuter Breakfast; and for answering ‘Yes!’ to virtually every bike friendly idea proposed to them. For these reasons and more, Newport’s 2017 Bike Friendly Business of the Year is Panera Bread!” The award is a transformed and “gilded” bike wheel, created by renowned sculptors and local residents Howard and Mary Newman. The Newmans are bicycle riders and cycling advocates who have contributed their talents each year to this special recognition of bike friendliness among Newport’s business community. Past recipients include Jane Pickens Theater (2013), Preservation Society of Newport County (2014), Newport County YMCA (2015), and Butch Murray and the Fastnet Pub (2016). The award is a highlight of the annual celebration of biking for transportation. It was presented after a morning commuter breakfast and before an afternoon City Loop ride, which was escorted by Newport Police Department Officers Merrie Scott and Jared Johansen. Event sponsors included A Market, Empire Tea and Coffee, Crystal Springs Water, Panera Bread, FatFace , RIPTA, and Stop & Shop. Bike to Work Day also saw the unveiling of two new Self-Service Bike Repair Stations – for 24/7 air and adjustments. Cyclists can find the tools they’re looking for to fill tires and tighten nuts at Bike Newport (62 Broadway) and Ash Mart (2 Carroll Ave). Additional stations will be coming soon to Thompson Middle School, the Gateway Visitors Center, and Florence Gray Community Center. The stations are generously sponsored by BnV Funds and RIPTA. The post And the 2017 Bike Friendly Business of the Year Is … appeared first on Bike Newport.
Bike to Work Day is an annual event held on the third Friday in May all around the world promoting bicycling for daily transportation. Here in Newport, we’ve been celebrating Bike to Work Day since 2011. This is the day to leave your car home and put your feet in the pedals. Breathe deep and smile solo, or meet up with your friends and colleagues for a group ride to the office. Know that the chances you’ll arrive smiling are extra high. Biking = happiness. Active transportation leads to productivity. Start the day at Bike Newport’s Bike Commuter Breakfast and end the day with a group ride to the Volvo Ocean Race festivities at Fort Adams State Park.
All activities take place at Eisenhower Park in Washington Square – the historic center of Newport.
7:00-9:00am: Bike Commuter Breakfast provided by Washington Square Cafe & Baking Company, A Market Natural Foods, and Stop & Shop.
3:30pm: Program and award ceremony
5:00pm: 3-mile group ride to the Volvo Ocean Race Newport!
Too far to bike, or over the bridge? Use the dedicated “Park ‘n Bike” lots located at Bike Newport’s office, 437 Broadway, or at the YMCA on Valley Road in Middletown. You can park, hop on your bike, and pedal to the Bike to Work Day breakfast before continuing to your workplace. Or, use RIPTA’s Rack n’ Ride to get into town from anywhere in the state.
Have you been thinking – “Wow, I could bike or walk to that meeting and clear my head on the way.” “Oh my, if I had biked here I wouldn’t be stressing this parking search” “Gee, the market really is close by.”? Bike to Work Day is meant to be the day you give it a try and find out what you’ve been missing!
Already a happy transportation cyclist? Use the day to get your friends in the saddle. Share the love!
It’s always an amazing day, and full confirmation of the delight of starting the day on your bike. It’s fun, healthy, invigorating AND makes us more happy and productive. Give it a try and see what you think. Maybe it will become a habit. We hope so!
Thanks to supporter supreme Steve Sabo for bringing Squiddo and his friends back for Bike to Work Day on our banner art!
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