Tags : biking

09

Jul

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 info@bikenewportri.org 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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12

Jun

How are you spending Father’s Day? Join us on bikes!

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-CycleCorrigan 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, info@bikenewportri.org

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12

Dec

It’s a Match – Double Your Donation!

Dear Friends,

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.


Local youth tooling around at Bike Garage North

Three Easy Ways to Give:

* 1. Send a check, payable to: SVPRI for Bike Newport to:

Bike Newport
437 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840

* 2. Donate via Razoo: visit our campaign page.

3. Use PayPal:

Log onto PayPal, choose “send” and enter the email “info@bikenewportri.org” 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.

Read our full 2014 Letter to Friends and 2014 By the Numbers. Click here to send us your snail mail if you haven’t already.

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.

Yours sincerely,

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

Peter Harty

Don Jagoe

Renee Kaminitz

Jim Ryan

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13

Nov

Looking for Bike Parking? Sponsor a Rack!

^ 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.”

(l-r) City of Newport rack in Queen Anne’s Square, hitches at Cliff Walk entrance at Forty Steps, People’s Credit Union sponsored rack in Queen Anne’s Square

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.

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27

Oct

Announcing the Thompson Middle School #BikeWalkChallenge!

^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.

James Underwood, the program’s official Greeter, will be on hand every morning for the students to check in and claim their raffle tickets.

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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20

Nov

Your insight informs our work to improve and encourage cycling in and around Newport. Please take a few minutes to complete  this survey and share your thoughts so together we can build a better cycling future!

THANKS!

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10

Sep

Calling all artists and bike lovers!

Announcing an open Bike Newport T-shirt contest: send us your ideas for a rad bike shirt and we’ll print the winning design(s)! You do not have to be a Newport, or even Rhode Island resident– just someone who can illustrate the joy of cycling. Deadline is Oct. 15. Let your creative juices flow!

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