The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Excerpt from: Join us for the launch of ELLIOT’S RIDE FOR EVERYONE 2018
In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a huge AROUND-THE-WORLD SAILING RACE coming to Newport in May! Bike Newport is one of the members of the volunteer-driven Sustainability Committee, Transportation Committee and with an exhibit in the Exploration Zone for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover. Along with local environmental organizations Sailors for the Sea, 11th Hour Racing, RI-DEM, Fort Adams Trust, Clean Ocean Access, Sail Newport, and Newport Biodiesel, we are aiming to make the Newport stopover the most environmentally responsible port of the whole race! To do this, the stopover will deploy numerous strategies that reduce waste, educate attendees, encourage alternative transportation, use environmentally friendly products, and much more. These strategies all require a team of dedicated individuals, who can help the stopover meet its goal and help make Newport a leader in environmental sustainability! But we can’t do it without your help. How can you join the Bike Newport Team at the Volvo Ocean Race? All volunteers for Bike Newport have to register through the Bike Newport volunteer portal. Please do so! Individual tasks include: Bike Parking and helping in the Bike Newport exhibit in the Exploration Zone. Once in the volunteer portal, you can also choose the times and dates to volunteer that work best with your schedule. Please commit to as many shifts as you can shifts between May 12-20th, so hurry and get the shifts you want! ALL shifts need filling so don’t hold back Please sign up ASAP so we’re not scrambling for help last minute. Something thoughts to help you choose your shifts: On Thurs 17th – Sunday 20th there are boat races from 1-3pm to watch On Sunday 20th, the boats leave for Cardiff so there’ll be a big farewell. Sunday at 6pm ALL volunteers are invited to a huge thank you party hosted by Volvo and Sail Newport. SIGN UP HERE! Volvo require you to fill out a volunteer form, have a photocopy of your driver’s license/passport or other state ID (needs to have name and SS#) for a background check. Sail Newport will then submit this to the State Attorney General’s Office where it will remain secure for processing at no cost to you. CLARE HAS THESE AND WILL BE COORDINATING WITH YOU ONCE WE KNOW WHO WE HAVE. ***Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own lunch, there will be snacks, coffee, tea and water available in the Race Village Volunteer Station and water stations, so bring your re-usable mug! (PLEASE DO NOT BRING SINGLE USE CONTAINERS) Once you sign up we’ll be in touch nearer the time with any more info and potentially a volunteer quick meeting to make sure any questions are answered and everyone know what they’re doing. Thank you in advance. Let’s together represent Bike Newport and show Newport (and the world) what we do best! Ways you can help Sail Newport and the Volvo Ocean Race be sustainable when you join us at the Race Village: 1. Ride a bike, walk, take a water taxi, or carpool to cut down on emissions. 2. Single-use plastic water bottles are banned from the event. Please bring a reusable water bottle, plenty of filling stations will be available. 3. Skip the straw. Like single-use bottles, plastic straws will not be provided at the event. 4. Recycle your trash and compost food. Dispose of your trash and food in the properly marked receptacles available around the Race Village. Thank You! 5. VOLUNTEER FOR THE BIKE NEWPORT TEAM 6. Sign the Clean Seas Pledge Please help us spread the word – get your friends, family, roommates, and coworkers in on the sustainability action and direct people to the sign up at the volunteer portal. The post Join the BIKE NEWPORT TEAM at the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover appeared first on Bike Newport.
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.
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.
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Originally from: Ride Rhode Island on Labor Day Saturday
Excerpt from – Bike to the SVF Farm – It only happens once a year.
Father’s Day Ride 2014 / photo by Meg Heriot
Sunday, June 19th at Fort Adams
Visit www.fathersdayride.org to register.
Bike Newport, the Newport County YMCA, Fort Adams Trust, and the RIDOT Highway Safety Program together announce the 2016 Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride, an annual family cycling event held at Fort Adams and along the scenic Newport Ocean Loop.
The annual ride honors Elliot Kaminitz, an active community member and safe cycling advocate who was killed while riding his bicycle in Newport. The ride delivers on the Kaminitz family wish to encourage more, better and safer cycling for everyone.
This year the Father’s Day Ride will be held on Sunday, June 19th at Fort Adams State Park. Participants can choose to ride 6, 10, or 25 miles. The 6-mile loop is marked with cones and escorted by the Newport Police – making it just right for families and first-timers. Participants can also choose a brisk two-mile walk around the park. Children can practice bike skills and rack up miles in the “Tour de Fort” – safely inside the Fort walls. There will be refreshments, entertainment, yoga, massage, and plenty of bicycle happiness.
2016 brings new and exciting changes to the event. The YMCA of Newport County is joining Bike Newport as a partner to produce the event, and Fort Adams Trust is the generous host. The partners are working together to bring more local families to beautiful Fort Adams and the Ocean Loop – with the promise that everyone who wants to ride, will ride. The YMCA will also operate busses to transport families and their bicycles to and from Fort Adams. And a fee waiver is available on the registration site to ensure that financial constraints do not deter participation.
“We want as many people as possible from the community to enjoy cycling together along the ocean,” explained Bike Newport’s Executive Director, Bari Freeman. “Riding with friends, family, and neighbors in this beautiful place is fantastic – and everyone should have that chance.”
The YMCA’s CEO, Mike Miller, is celebrating the collaboration. “The Newport County YMCA is thrilled to partner on this special event. Bringing members of our community together to ride and walk in support of safer cycling aligns perfectly with our focus areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We look forward to our continued work together for this event and throughout the summer as we offer cycling as part of the new Adams Experience Summer Camp.”
Renee Kaminitz shared that this collaboration holds great promise and brings her real joy. “Together, we are educating the public to be aware of surroundings and training our children to be safer cyclists. I’m a teacher at heart, and this event educates everyone, directly and indirectly. While people are out having fun together, we’re learning how to share the road, and we’re celebrating the safety of all road users.”
RIDOT’s Director of Highway Safety, Gabrielle Abbate, was also on hand for the announcements. “We’ve been a sponsor of the children’s activities at the Father’s Day Ride every year, “ she explained, referring to the “Tour de Fort” activities inside the Fort Adams Fort, where the children practice skills and ride loops of the Parade Route to rack up miles. “The community focus on road safety here in Newport is what we hope to see in communities statewide.”
The Father’s Day Ride raises funds for bicycle safety education at Bike Newport and the YMCA of Newport County. Activities begin and end at Fort Adams and run from 8am to noon on June 19th. For more information, to register, and to support the event as a sponsor, please visit www.fathersdayride.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners for the 2016 Fathers Day Ride together announced the fourth annual event on April 19th:
Kneeling (l-r): Mary Ellen Lynch, Bike Newport Outreach Manager; Kellen Farnham, Bike Newport Development Director; Olivia Kachingwe, HEZ Project Coordinator; Tracy Jonsson, Father’s Day Ride Event Manager; and Joe Dias, Fort Adams Trust Exec Director.
Standing (l-r): Miguel Sola, YMCA; Bill Villareal,YMCA; Gabrielle Abbate, Director, RIDOT Highway Safety; Greg Hall, Board President, Fort Adams Trust; Renee Kaminitz; Colleen Germain, Newport Superintendent of Schools; Bari Freeman, Bike Newport Exec Director; RI State Rep Lauren Carson; YMCA CEO Mike Miller; Henri Venable, Bike Newport Education Manager; and Chip Young, Bike Newport Board.
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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!
Student winners show off their $100 gift certificates to Newport Bicycle and Ten Speed Spokes (L-R): Thompson Principal Jaime Crowley, Jaylianna Fernandez, Angelina McCartney, Dwight Williams, Manny Simes, and Bike Newport Program Manager Liza Burkin
The four Thompson Middle School students were giddy, “We didn’t know why we were getting called to the principal’s office!”
Jaylianna Fernandez, Dwight Williams, Manny Simes, and Angelina McCartney weren’t facing any reprimands – they were in fact greeted with $100 gift certificates to local bike shops.
“It’s all part of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s initiative to encourage more kids to bike and walk to school,” explained Bike Newport’s Program Manager, Liza Burkin. “Wednesday was Bike and Walk to School Day – all of the walkers and bicyclists were entered into a raffle, and these kids won!”
International Bike and Walk to School Day is a global event where communities from more than 40 countries participate on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, it has evolved into a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration each October. Thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate.
School principal Jaime Crowley says he’s seeing the impact of all the Safe Routes to School efforts at Thompson: “More and more students are biking and walking to school,” he says. “and they feel energized when they get here.”
Angelina is part of a group of friends who bike to soccer practice at Braga Park. She says, “It’s a great warm up! And biking and walking is much cleaner because you’re not breathing in other people’s germy air.” Dwight bikes or walks because he lives close to school and it doesn’t take long. Jaylianna walks to school with a group of friends from all grades, and loves getting to talk with them along the way.
Manny often visits Bike Newport’s Bike Garage North at the Florence Gray Center with his older brother, Tyrone. Last May, Tyrone rode with Bike Newport to BikeFestRI in Providence. Manny says he bikes to school because “it’s fun and it gets out some energy out – and it’s good exercise. I want to bike to Providence like my brother!”
Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are encouraged to experience the benefits of active transportation not just on Bike and Walk to School Day, but every day. Results include healthy habits, environment, attitude, and improved performance in school. Biking and walking also help students to be on time to school and to be present every day. In no small part because biking and walking to school is a fun way to start the day!