Dear Friends, Thanks to all who are following the situation with the DOT recommendation for a “Major Amendment to the TIP” aka Major Amendment #11. This amendment proposes major reduction to Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funding to make up for shortfalls in pavement and bridge funding. TAP funding is the primary source for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects. The first presentation of this proposal took place at the monthly meeting of the Rhode Island Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 5:30pm – Department of Administration, One Capitol Hill, Conference Room A. The meeting was open to the public. We’re all in this together! Everyone’s participation at meetings, discussions, and online in social media is always valuable. Let’s keep awareness high and information flowing. More public meetings coming soon. I am a member of the TAC but was unfortunately out of town for this important meeting. I asked my colleagues on the TAC to consider these requests at the meeting: 1) Please consider and honor the concerns of those community members in attendance. The proposed reduction to TAP funding included in RIDOT’s recommendations is staggering and has long-term and ominous implications to TAP projects already funded, and to the statewide progress on all things active transportation. Specifically, please consider the urgent request to extend the period of community comment from 30 days to 90 days to ensure that everyone affected has time to receive, process, and respond to the Amendment content and for DOT to gather and process that response for our informed consideration. 2) Although the State Bicycle Mobility Plan is not yet adopted, it contains information and recommendations culled and developed over many months by a statewide coalition of expert stakeholders which are significant to improved planning. These recommendations should be considered valuable and relevant by state and municipalities alike even in advance of formal adoption of the plan. 3) Additionally: Considering bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects as “alternative” – as in “Transportation Alternative Program” – and separating them in planning and funding is an outdated practice that inherently maintains a car-centric culture which is cost-inefficient in planning, design and building our transportation network. While we are beholden to the language of federal funding, there may be ways for us to use this time to demonstrate what is possible when we look at bicycle, pedestrian and transit planning/accommodation as part of pavement and bridge planning. Is this a time when we as a state can demonstrate the budgetary efficiencies of complete streets planning – ie considering all road users in every road plan. We need assurance of due diligence to serve the public interest and solicit their input. Public meetings should include presentations of the proposed changes and the public’s board – the TAC – needs to weigh these interests before making recommendations to the State Planning Council. With thanks to all for your commitment to better roads and transportation planning for all road users. Feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts or questions. Sincerely, Bari Freeman Executive Director The post Letter to the Public: Major Amendment to the TIP appeared first on Bike Newport.
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^ the new sharrows on Broadway position bicyclists right behind cars that are backing up. Over the weekend, the full length of Broadway was painted with much-anticipated “sharrows” – road markings indicating shared use by cars and bicycles. But wait – these sharrows are located immediately next to backing out cars. Is that where they belong? The sharrows on Broadway are currently in the far-right of the lane, adjacent to diagonal parking, where visibility is at its worst for everyone. How many of us already back out of those spots with trepidation? According to NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) Guidelines: “On streets with posted 25mph speeds or slower, preferred placement is in the center of the travel lane to minimize wear and encourage bicyclist to occupy the full lane.” That’s where they are on Spring and Thames, and where we expected to see them on Broadway. People on bikes – and people in cars – will think that bikes are required to be that close to the cars. Therein lies the great danger. We ask that the City move the sharrows away from the parked cars to the recommended center of the traffic lane. Where to ride: Bicyclists are cautioned to ride in the center of the lane on narrow streets such as lower Broadway, Spring, and Thames – away from the parked cars. Where bike lanes are present, as on America’s Cup and Memorial Blvd, use the bike lane unless cars, sand, debris or other hazards are in your path. Bike lanes and sharrows are guides, not requirements. Bicyclists: Body language and communication are everything. Cars have horns and lights; you have arms, eyes, and voices. Always scan behind you and signal with your arms when merging or turning. Assume drivers have not seen you, until they signal their awareness. Use your voice to thank or alert other road users. Remember to stay off the sidewalks and always ride in the same direction as traffic. Drivers: Please understand that bicyclists are required by law to be on the road, and are both allowed and encouraged to take the lane for our own safety. On Broadway, and in congested summertime Newport in general, everyone is forced to move more slowly than usual. Remember to give people on bikes enough room. No degree of frustration is worth putting someone in danger. Put safety first. Ride and drive cautiously on busy Broadway. Be kind out there! The post How to ride a bike safely on Broadway appeared first on Bike Newport.
2015 has been a banner year!
Bike Newport continues to gain traction on the roads, in the community, and around the region. Our “By the Numbers” card details exciting progress: more bike education, more bike infrastructure, and more bike riders. That’s the Bike Newport story – MORE and BETTER bicycling.
No matter why you ride, or even if you don’t ride, you’ll love the community we’re working to create. A bike-friendly Newport will also be a kid-, pedestrian-, elder-, business-, and environment-friendly Newport. Newport will be a better community for motorists, as well. We’re working to educate all road users about safety – better bicyclists, better pedestrians, and better motorists.
Our efforts are all based on a three-part promise of more and better infrastructure, education, and ridership:
On the road to this bike-friendly vision, we’re working toward more bike lanes, more bike parking, better bike routes, better bike education, better road sharing, and, yes, dedicated bike paths on Aquidneck Island – starting with the First Mile. We will hold our course until we have connected the North End with the center of town, and we have afforded our residents and visitors a healthful and enjoyable way to arrive in Newport walking and biking. That First Mile of bike path will be one more step on the path to a bikeable and walkable island – for transportation and for recreation. We can do this – with your help. We can hold our course and continue to strengthen our partnerships, deepen our traction, and advance our progress.
Please support us today. Because dreaming bike-friendly is easy. But funding bike-friendly is hard.
Every contribution helps! Donations are tax-deductible.
Contributions over $50 will receive a free Bike Newport 2016 membership.
Join us, visit us, be part of the action.
Take a class, rescue a bike, come for a community ride, share your road knowledge, mark the maps, teach a kid to ride or to keep her tires inflated, help park some of the 3,369 bikes at the Folk Festival! Stop by our HQ at 437 Broadway any time and say hello. Grab a Newport Bike Map and a Commuter Guide while you’re here. Visit our Bike Garages and get a tour of the inventory, learn a little about wheel truing from an expert, or how to fix a flat from a recent basic bike maintenance graduate. Bear witness to the crowd of kids circling Miantonomi Park on Bike Library bikes.
We need your help to make it all happen! To keep us in the saddle and at the tables where decisions are made. We need your help to keep the doors open to our Bike Library, the tools busy at our Bike Garages, the routes shared in our Bike Map, the spotlight on local and statewide Bike Plans, and funding for safer on-road biking as well as multi-use paths.
If you have ideas, questions, feedback, please reach out to us. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Our phone number is (401) 619-4900.
Explore this website – it’s chock full of great information, maps, and resources.
THANK YOU! For your support, and for being part of Bike Newport.
Bike Newport Board:
Dawn Euer, Chair; Allison McNally, Vice Chair; Don Jagoe, Treasurer; Laura Murphy, Secretary; Sarah Atkins, Renee Kaminitz, Peter Harty, James Ryan, Chip Young
Bike Newport Staff:
Bari Freeman, Executive Director; Mark Chesterton, Director of Education; Liza Burkin, Program Manager
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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.
Want to see your bike art grace the cover of 10,000 maps that’ll be distributed all over Newport County? We’re gearing up for the 4th edition of our Newport Bicycle Map – bigger (now including Tiverton & Little Compton!), better, and in need of some radical new cover art.
The final dimensions will be 3.25″x8.5″.Send us your submission by Monday, July 27th. Must incorporate the title, “Newport County Bicycle Map”.
Email email@example.com with any questions. And please SHARE this post with local artists!
Thanks to artist extraordinaire Rafael Medina for the amazing 3rd edition cover!
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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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Help us make Newport a truly Bike Friendly Community, a city where it’s so safe, convenient and inviting for anyone to walk or bike, that we ultimately reduce the number of cars and busses on our overcrowded, overburdened streets by hundreds or even thousands per day. That’s where we’re heading … together.
For all its beauty and history, for its small size, the City by the Sea is meant to be walked and bicycled. With your help, we can make that happen. One bike rack, one bike lane, one road safety class at a time.
Right now, we have the chance to double the value of your support for a Bike Friendly Newport. Please help us meet the amazing $25,000 matching challenge issued by a generous supporter.
Three Easy Ways to Give:
* 1. Send a check, payable to: SVPRI for Bike Newport to:
Newport, RI 02840
* 2. Donate via Razoo: visit our campaign page.
3. Use PayPal:
Log onto PayPal, choose “send” and enter the email “email@example.com” for the recipient.
* These donations, made through our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, SVPRI, are tax deductible charitable contributions.
WE ALREADY SEE the future Bike Friendly Newport. Just look around the city. Thanks to you and other supporters of bicycle culture, our fledgling organization has made a great impact in just three short years. Newport even earned the Bronze designation as a Bike Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists, thanks to our close partnership with the City.
Newly striped bike lanes on Memorial Boulevard. Work underway on America’s Cup. Lighted helmets and reflective vests for bike-reliant commuters. Dozens of children riding their first bikes – bikes they repaired with their own hands. From safer road-sharing to improved bike-friendly streets, from more bike parking to more people biking, Newport can see and feel the results of our hard work.
But, we’ve still got a ways to go.
Bike Love: Help Us Make it Grow
We’ve got big plans to make Newport a lot more Bike Friendly in 2015. But we need your help to reach thousands of riders and motorists with safe road-sharing information, and to put hundreds of new cyclists of all ages safely in the saddle.
You can help us to spread the Bike Love that will transform Newport into the Bike Friendly Community it is meant to be.
And if you give now, we can double your love!
Thanks to our matching gift challenge, every dollar contributed between now and January 31, up to a total of $25,000, will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor.
Want to know more about Bike Newport? We’re just a visit away from sharing much more with you. Just let us know – with a call to (401) 619-4900 or an email to any of us. We’ll be happy to share what we do, what we plan, and how you can help make it happen.
Thank you for being part of Bike Newport. And thank you in advance for helping us to continue our work. Our supporters and partners are the wind behind our wheels.
The Bike Newport Team:
Bari Freeman, Executive Director
Mark Chesterton, Director of Education
Liza Burkin, Program Manager
Board of Directors:
Deanna Conheeny, President
Allison McNally, Vice President
Dawn Euer, Treasurer
Laura Murphy, Secretary
Sarah Whitehouse Atkins
^ 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.
^two bikers sport their “I Biked to School Today!” stickers
Did you know that children who start the day by walking or biking to school are engaged in the physical activity that contributes to a healthier lifestyle, a better outlook, higher self-esteem, improved independence, and, ultimately, better performance in school?
Starting today, October 27th, students at Newport’s Thompson Middle School will have the chance to log their biking and walking days during two Bike and Walk Challenges – one in the fall and one in the spring, both funded by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and managed by Bike Newport.
This morning marked the first day that students who biked or walked were eligible for a range of prizes including gift certificates for apparel, backpacks, walk and bike accessories, cold weather gear, bike locks, and more. Three grand prizes of $250 each will be awarded to the three students who log the most days. Two trophies – a golden helmet and a golden sneaker – will be awarded to the class with the most students participating in the challenge each week.
We can all help by encouraging students to bike and walk to school when possible, and by being extremely aware and cautious as drivers at all times, especially during school arrival and dismissal hours.
Help us grow a new generation of active commuters!
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