It’s time to make the switch to everyday bicycling. We’re here to help.
Are you a recreational rider who’s ready to ditch the car for everyday commuting and errands? Do you ride on trails or bike paths on the weekends but need some support in making the transition to riding with traffic? Are you just getting back on a bike for the first time in years? Join us for a four hour comprehensive workshop on biking for transportation.
Sign up HERE.
The afternoon will begin in the classroom, progress to practicing bike maneuvering skills in a car-free parking lot, and culminate in a 3-mile city ride in small, intimate groups led by instructors. You will gain experience riding with traffic in a variety of on-road conditions, applying the safe riding techniques you learned in the classroom and out in the parking lot.
MUST HAVES: a bike, helmet, and basic riding skills. Sign up HERE.
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We’re excited to be partnering with the Newport County Community Mental Health Center‘s 7th Annual Tour de Newport on Sunday, September 27th, an event dedicated to the memory of Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino in honor of his ultimate sacrifice for his country in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Riders can choose 10/25/45 mile distances, all starting and ending at Rogers High School. This family-centered, health-focused, outdoor event is to support the continued provision of NCCMHC’s greatly needed outpatient services and 24 hour, 7-day-a-week emergency services which allow NCCMHC to respond to children and adults experiencing a mental health crisis, and to support local law enforcement and the hospital emergency department.
Hope to see you there!
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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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Mark your calendars now! Keep summer going and legs pumping by adventuring with Bike Newport to some of the best bicycling destinations in New England.
Monday, Aug 25th: Cape Cod Rail Trail (play hooky from work or school! This beautiful path is super crowded on the weekends so we’ll do it on a peaceful Monday) ~50 mile bike path ride from S. Dennis to Wellfleet. We’ll stop at the Wellfleet Beachcomber for seafood and swimming!
Sunday, September 14th: Block Island. Leave on the 9am ferry from Pt. Judith, spend the day circling the tiny teardrop. ~30 miles, pretty hilly.
Saturday (and Sunday), Sept 27 (& 28th): Shining Sea Bikeway & Martha’s Vineyard. This ride is a “choose your own adventure!” We’ll meet at the beginning of the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth, MA and bike 10 miles to the Woods Hole ferry. Then ride ~25 miles around the island and back to the ferry -> 10 mile bike path -> car. Feel free to book lodging and make a weekend of it! Based on interest, we will explore group lodging options and more riding on Sunday.
More details will be posted as these rides come closer.
Love Live Summer!!!
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It’s our pleasure to announce that registration for the 2nd annual Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride on Sunday, June 15th is now OPEN!
One never tires of riding Newport’s magnificent Ocean Drive. Enjoy it with your family and friends this Father’s Day, while you support cycling education and engineering, and honor the legacy of Elliot Kaminitz, safe cycling rider and advocate.
The Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride is our signature event, raising awareness and funds for improved cycling through education and engineering. Please join us – and help us spread the word! Check out the website, register early, and encourage your friends and family to participate. It’s a wonderful way to start Father’s Day – and with 6/12/25 mile rides, an off-road kids ride inside the Fort, and a 2-mile Bay Walk, there’s an option for everyone.
Members of Bike Newport will receive a 15% discount on the ride registration. Become a member of Bike Newport here.
For more information, visit FathersDayRide.org.
Watch the 2013 Recap:
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This just in! Everyone who registers for the Fathers Day Ride – or makes a donation of $50 or more – by midnight, Friday, June 7, will be entered to win TWELVE TICKETS to Common Fence Music’s upcoming season: “Six Shows for Two” – selected from shows listed on the 21st season membership show list – value over $250. You and a date get to see six great shows! Season schedule to be published in August.
One chance for every registration and one chance for every $50. So, if you register 5 people, you get 5 chances to win. If you donate $100, 2 chances to win, and so on. HUGE THANKS! to Tom Perrotti and our friends at Common Fence Music for your support of local cycling!
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(photo by William Heydt)
Newport’s 3rd annual Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 17. We encourage everyone who can to leave the car home and hop in the saddle – 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!
If you live far away, over the bridge, or without access to a safe route into town , then take advantage of our generous and bike-friendly friends at Newport Grand and use the day’s Park ‘n Bike lot. Drive to Newport Grand lot, park in the back southwest corner, hop on your bike and onto Halsey Street, and ride the mile into town. You can follow this easy MAP straight to the Bike Commuter Breakfast!
We’ve got a fun day planned to celebrate cycling for transportation. All activities take place in Washington Square – the historic center of Newport.
6:00-9:00 am Bike Commuter Breakfast – Ride in and meet your friends, neighbors and colleagues for your cuppa joe and other tasty treats. Start out the day oxygenated and well-nourished.
3:00 pm Come back to the Square at 3:00 for the afternoon. We’ll release the brand new bigger and better Newport Bike Map, announce the Bike Friendly Business of the Year, and more – at the Bike to Work Day Press Conference in front of the Courthouse.
3:30 pm Bike decorating for young and old – Here’s your chance to rediscover the fun of playing cards and clothespins!
4:00 pm Community Bike Ride around Newport. About six miles. The highlight of Bike to Work Day – last year we were 70 – help us to top 100 this year!
5:00-6:30 pm Mini Bike Fair – food, music, bikes and fun in the heart of the city
Help us to spread the word. Tell your friends, encourage your colleagues. Click here to join the event on Facebook and show your support! And check back here for updates.
The National Bike Challenge starts tomorrow! From May 1st to September 30 bicyclists from across the country will be joining a friendly competition amongst riders who voluntarily track their miles.
Let’s ‘up’ Rhode Island participation this year! It’s crazy easy to join – simply follow this LINK to set up your account and then post your miles whenever you have the time. No stress. No new apps. No pressure. Lots of fun. Sign up on your own, or click HERE to join the statewide RIBIKE team.
Together we’ll rack up the miles and burn some calories. We’ll show the world the Ocean State has the numbers!
Spread the word! Invite your friends, family and colleagues to join. Post the link on your Facebook page, and tweet away, if that’s your thing. The sign up and reporting process is simple. There’s even a smartphone app to take it with you.
Click HERE for the 2013 National Bike Challenge site.
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CHANNELING GRIEF INTO PROGRESS
(4/24/13) At a press conference attended by journalists, community leaders, bike advocates and the friends and family of the late Elliot Kaminitz, Bike Newport Director Bari George and supporter Renee Kaminitz today announced the first annual Elliot Kaminitz Fathers Day Ride – to take place on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The event will raise funds through donations and registrations to support Bike Newport’s extensive bicycle advocacy, education and improvement initiatives. Registration opens today on the web site www.FathersDayRide.org.
Elliot Kaminitz tragically lost his life in a bicycle accident on Memorial Blvd near Easton’s Beach just one year ago. His family decided to guide their grief into progress by working to make the Newport area safer for cyclists. Partnering with Bike Newport, the Kaminitz Family wishes to build the awareness and the funds needed to improve education, support engineering, and provide encouragement for more, better and safer cycling.
Renee Kaminitz explained. “We’re putting our efforts and energy into improving the situation so people can enjoy our beautiful island and its history on two wheels. This is how we can honor my late husband and the city he loved. We’re encouraging our friends and our community to join us in making cycling safer for everyone. We’re partnering with Bike Newport because that’s where we see action and progress.”
Elliot’s children, Ilicia Kaminitz Strasser and Adam Kaminitz, participated in the press conference by Skype from Wilmington, DE and Santa Monica, CA respectively: “My father practiced and preached safe cycling,” Ilicia shared, “starting with his granddaughters. We’ve planned from the start for this event to include our youngest riders. Safety Town will be great fun for the kids and they’re going to be better bicyclists because of it. It’s like a kick start to all-important Bike Ed.”
“We could lose some road riders to the fun of Safety Town,” Mark Chesterton mused at the display of kid-size traffic signs made possible by VHB (the firm responsible for the Aquidneck Island Transportation Study). Chesterton is Bike Newport’s new Director of Youth Programs, and he’s galvanizing Bike Newport’s corps of Smart Cycling instructors to deliver on Ilicia’s vision for Safety Town. “Imagine – this is the first road ride for many of our youngsters – three times around the Fort is a complete mile. We’re creating our own temporary Bike Path for our kids and families in the amazing location of historic Fort Adams.”
Francisco Lovera is PE Chief Civil Engineer at RIDOT. “The Rhode Island DOT is proud to sponsor the Children’s Safety Town,” he explained. “As we work together with Bike Newport and other local organizations to improve bicycle safety and reduce roadway injuries, we know that building knowledge of cycling skills and road sharing rules is paramount – and begins with our children.”
Beginning and ending at Fort Adams State Park, the road ride will offer 5, 10 and 25-mile options, and will include some of the island’s most beautiful views, circling the Ocean Drive and continuing to Sachuest Beach and Indian Avenue in Middletown. 25-mile riders will have the opportunity to pay respects at the roadside memorial bikes for Elliot Kaminitz and fellow cyclist Mike Strickland.
The Elliot Kaminitz Fathers Day Ride is sponsored by People’s Credit Union and RIDOT. Gray Matter Marketing, the firm behind the Pell Bridge Run and the Newport Ten Miler is producing the event, and VHB Consultants are providing the child-size Safety Town road signs. Fort Adams Trust is also an event partner – making the space available and encouraging participation.
The event web site is www.FathersDayRide.org and registration is open as of today.
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Six Group Rides in April
Meet at the Bike League monument in Touro Park, – unless otherwise noted.
1) Group Ride to the Clean Ocean Access Brenton Point Cleanup
Saturday, April 13, 11:30am
Remember to bring your own gloves and wear sturdy shoes.
2) Bristol Bike Path
Sunday, April 14, 8:30am
NOTE: Meet at Independence Park in Bristol.
We’ll hit the Path bright and early and enjoy a leisurely car-free ride. Bristol to Barrington 13 miles total.
3 & 4) Ocean Drive Loop
Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 8:45am
Celebrate the re-opening of the Ocean Drive! About 11 miles.
5) Middletown Beach Loop
Saturday, April 27, 8:45am
Leisurely ride, some hills, beautiful scenery, great company. About 12 miles.
6) Ride to the Newport 10 Miler
Sunday, April 28, 6:30am
Running/Walking in the Newport 10 Miler? Leave the car home! Join the group ride.
Contact: Bike Newport (401) 619-4900 firstname.lastname@example.org