FALL BACK and LIGHT UP! Bicyclists are reminded to be visible at night with local bike shops helping with 20% discounts on bike lights. As the clocks fall back, cyclists need to light up. Can you believe it, daylight saving’s time is just around the corner! It will get darker a lot earlier, but that’s NO reason to stop cycling and every reason to make sure you’re WELL-LIT! White lights on front, red lights on back, and plenty of reflectors and reflective clothing. Join us in chanting the mantra “See and be seen!” Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 4th. Area bike shops are joining the chorus by offering discounts and promotions on bike lights at a special “Fall Back and Light Up” sale during the weekend of November 2nd – 4th. Participating stores are: Newport Bicycle on Broadway, Pedal Power on West Main Road, and Ten Speed Spokes on Elm Street. For bike enthusiasts, riding at night can be fun, relaxing, and a delightful end to the day. For bike commuters, riding in the dark is a fact of life. Statistically, there are more crashes at night than during the day. This is due in part to the difficulty motorists have in seeing cyclists at night, and in part to cyclists not seeing unsafe road conditions in the dark. There are several ways to improve cyclist visibility and safety at night: Headlights: Handlebar mounted headlights can be USB rechargeable or run on batteries. There’s a range of brightness, and settings that are steady and flashing. Newport law requires a white lamp on the front of your bike that can be seen from 500 feet. Bike shops can help riders choose the best light based on how and where they ride. Front light on your helmet: Helmet headlamps send light whichever way the cyclist looks. Smart! Rear light: Law also requires a red light on the rear of a bicycle. Many cyclists use red blinking lights throughout the day to be more visible as cars approach from the rear. Rear lights can be mounted on fenders, seat posts, seat stays, racks, or saddlebags. Reflective Vest or Jacket: Reflective material increases visibility exponentially and can make cyclists much more obvious on the road at night. In fact, highly reflective material can be far brighter even than the bike lights. Be careful – brightly colored clothing is not the same as reflective. Bright clothing may be highly visible in the daylight, but no different from any other color at night. Be sure that nightwear is reflective. Please contact Bike Newport at 401-619-4900 for more information about the “Fall Back, Light Up” program. For more bike safety information and local ordinances, click here. The post Fall Back and Light up 2018 appeared first on Bike Newport.
The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Original source: Annual Tour de Fright 2018
The Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RI Bike) is organizing a Complete Smart Cycling Class via Bike Newport and would love for you to join us. The Complete Smart Cycling Class is a very helpful overview about riding with traffic for everyone – and pre-requisite for Instructor Training. Everyone who attends this class will be better informed about road sharing and basic bicycle to be safer on the roads. We need more people to have this information and to share it with others, in particular by volunteering and helping out with Bike Newport rides and education programs. It will be a one day course on August 26th (possible different date) and it’s free! RI Bike is providing the instructor and all materials. A few details: The Complete Smart Cycling Class is a fast-paced, class that provides cyclists with the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail and how to teach children to ride cautiously and conspicuously while on their own. We will cover the basics of bike maintenance, rules of the road, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. This class is a prerequisite for becoming a certified League Cycling Instructor from the League of American Bicyclists. It’s broken down into: 1) A classroom session at one time ~ approx 4 hours 2) An on-road session which includes: A ride where the students take turns leading the group and are expected to stop, start, turn right and left, place them selves in the appropriate place in the lanes, etc Parking lot drills: the prescribed 8 avoidance and emergency exercises ~3-4 hours depending on class size. The written test and review with final questions, awarding of certificate takes about 1 hour. If you use the on-line test then this takes about 30 minutes. If you’re interested in this course, please email email@example.com with your interest. The post Complete Smart Cycling Class – Please join us. appeared first on Bike Newport.
Those hot summer nights call for something a little different. Come and have the ultimate Newport experience. Ride with Bike Newport around Newport and end the evening a bar for a few New Belgium beverages. Bike to Beer! Fun times ahead as the rides feature New Belgium swag giveaways, glassware beer and the chance to win a New Belgium Bike! All rides start at Bike Newport • 62 Broadway, Newport RI Rides end at: Ride 1 – Tavern On Broadway • 16 Broadway Ride 2 – Benjamin’s Raw Bar • 254 Thames St Ride 3 – Midtown Oyster Bar • 345 Thames St $1 from every New Belgium beer you purchase benefits Bike Newport’s youth education programs as do any donations towards swag. Who’s in? The post Summer Rides with Bike Newport and New Belgium appeared first on Bike Newport.
The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Excerpt from: Join us for the launch of ELLIOT’S RIDE FOR EVERYONE 2018
It’s that time of year! The best winter party in Newport – once again at the amazing Midtown Oyster Bar! There will be live music, great food, a silent auction, Velosprint racing, and of course, piles of oysters. Come dance to Slackwater String Band and Los Duderinos brought to us by Common Fence Music. Get your tickets here. This year, all funds raised will support our Community Bike Projects – where we reclaim abandoned and discarded bikes, which are then repaired or harvested for useable parts with the help of our volunteers. Anyone can come in and tap into shared knowledge, tools, and used parts to repair or build their bikes. Everyone can gain from biking – it’s an affordable, healthy and fun way to get around town. Lots of participants keep coming back for more, and to share their new knowledge with others. Bike Newport’s Community Bike Projects help every kind of rider and every kind of ride, so we can help put more people on bikes in Newport. We are working to make Newport a more bicycle friendly city – through infrastructure, road safety education and more people on bikes! Join us on March 16th at Midtown Oyster Bar! If you are interested in donating to the silent auction, email Brian. The post Bike Newport Night 2017 – Support Community Bike Projects! appeared first on Bike Newport.
Continue at source: It’s Getting Darker Earlier – Fall Back and Light Up!
Originally from: Ride Rhode Island on Labor Day Saturday
Excerpt from – Bike to the SVF Farm – It only happens once a year.
Temps have finally plunged and the white stuff is accumulating, so it must be time for BIKE NEWPORT NIGHT – our annual mid-winter bike celebration and the best winter party in Newport!
Thursday, March 3rd
at Midtown Oyster Bar, 345 Thames Street, Newport
Live music with Slackwater String Bandand Los Duderinos,
with help from Common Fence Music.
RIBike’s VELOSPRINT racing, silent auction, raffles, cash bar
BIKE LOVE ABOUNDING!
Don’t miss out on the annual tradition GRAND PRIZE BICYCLE RAFFLE
featuring the new “Hootie Rule” – same person may not win within 5 years – love you Hootie!
$20 at the door
ALL FUNDS RAISED SUPPORT BIKE AND ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION
In years past, funds raised at Bike Newport Night have helped us to make great progress – certifying instructors, purchasing event racks, and advocating for The First Mile of bike path. This year, all funds raised will support our Bicycle and Road Safety Education – SPREAD THE ED!
Road safety depends on knowledge and agreements among bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. We’re starting with our kids, our teachers, our police, our employers. We’re working with schools, businesses, community organizations, automobile associations, bus companies, and more. We’re developing school curriculum and we’re training more and more instructors. The more folks who know how to safely be on the road together – the more people who model and share safe practices – the safer our roads and our people will be. Spread the Ed!
Want to help? We’d love your contribution to our raffles and silent auction and we’ll be happy to tell everyone about your generosity before and during the event. Thank you! Let us know here and we’ll follow up with you.
There will be plenty of Bike Parking at Midtown Oyster Bar, so ride on down – see you on March 3rd!