What better way to spend the morning of Dad’s day than a family-friendly bike ride around Newport’s Ocean Drive and celebration at Fort Adams? The 2nd annual Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride has plenty of options for the whole family:
6, 10, and 25-mile bike routes. The 6-mile route will be coned and police-escorted. Riders must be comfortable riding with traffic, follow all road signs and signals, and ALL riders are required to wear a helmet.
Kids “Tour de Fort” offers safe cycling skills and fun inside the Fort.
Pedicab rides are available for the 6-mile route but must be reserved by Thursday, June 12th.
2-mile Fort Adams Bay Walk.
“There in Spirit” option for out-of-towners or those with previous commitments.
Unregistered riders must arrive by 7:15 a.m.
Pre-registered riders may check in at the following times and locations:
• Saturday 6/14: 3:00-6:00pm Bike Newport office 437 Broadway
• Sunday 6/15: 7:00-7:45am Ride Site Fort Adams, inside the Fort
Ride start: 8:00 a.m.
All festivities will wrap up by noon, leaving plenty of time for more Father’s Day celebrations!
We’re seeking volunteers! Please email or call us at (401) 619-4900 if you’d like to lend a hand.
Community Bike Love
We’re thrilled to welcome RIPTA and nuride.com as our presenting sponsors – HUGE thanks for their support of sustainable transportation. Be sure to register your green transportation at nuride.com. Free bike rentals from Newport Bicycle, Ten Speed Spokes, Hooley Re-Sails, Scooter World and Mansion Rentals are available for the ride – must reserve in advance. Our friends at Thames Street Yoga will be leading a pre-ride stretch session at 7:30 a.m. and SpaTerre at Hotel Viking will be giving massages afterwards – no sore muscles at this Father’s Day! Pre- and post-ride refreshments will be provided by A Market, Bagel Boys, Shaw’s Supermarket, Crystal Spring, and Empire Tea & Coffee. Our partners also include Chaves’ Gardens, Newport Daily News, Team One Newport, ecoRI, and Corrigan Financial. Additionally, the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation will be collecting cheek swabs – take 5 minutes to register and you could save a life!
If you’re coming from over the bridges and far away and want to add a few miles to your ride, use our dedicated “Park ‘n Bike” lot. This free parking lot is located at Bike Newport’s new office – 437 Broadway – the former Triplett School. You can park, hop on your bike, and pedal the 4 miles to Fort Adams. If you’d rather park closer, Fort Adams parking lot is also free and available. Or put your bike on RIPTA’s bike racks, ride the bus to Newport’s Gateway Center and pedal the three miles to Fort Adams. Need directions from any of these locations? Check our Newport Bicycle Map.
All funds raised at the Father’s Day Ride honor Dr. Elliot Kaminitz’s memory and his dream of a bike-friendly Newport by supporting Bike Newport’s safe cycling programs and initiatives. For more information, go to FathersDayRide.org. For news, updates, photos and bike love, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Want to brighten your day and get pumped for the ride? Check out last year’s beautiful video. See you on Father’s Day!
Bike routes: 6, 10, and 25 mile options
DOWNLOAD the Bike to Work Day poster HERE.
Newport’s 4th annual Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 16. 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!
We’ve got a fun day planned to celebrate cycling for transportation. All activities take place in Washington Square – the historic center of Newport.
If you live far away, over the bridge, or without access to a safe route into town, then take advantage of our Park n’ Bike lot at the Bike Newport office at 437 Broadway. Drive to our HQ and ride the mile into town. You can follow Broadway straight to Washington Square.
Bike to Work Day 2014:
6:00 to 9:00 am Bike Commuter Breakfast: Bike riders can start the day meeting friends, neighbors and co-workers at the Bicycle Commuter Breakfast – provided by Jonathan’s Café, Tea and Javas Café, A Market, and more.
3:30 pm Press Conference on the Courthouse steps: Includes bicycle-friendly news and announcements by Bike Newport, Newport Public Schools, City of Newport, Newport Police Department, and Newport Housing Authority. PLUS the awarding of the 2014 Bicycle-Friendly Business of the Year.
4:00 pm Bike Decorating: Young and old can rediscover the joys of playing cards and clothespins, stickers and ribbons.
4:15 pm Community Ride: Leaving from Washington Square, a six-mile group ride around Newport.
5:00-6:00 pm: Delicious refreshments from Genie’s Hookah Lounge and fabulous entertainment by Officer Jimmy Winters and Friends and the chance to register all those bikes with the City. Plus make-your-own-pedal-powered smoothies!
Spread the word. Tell your friends, encourage your colleagues. Click here to join the event on Facebook and show your support! And check back for updates.