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On Friday, May 23rd, at the Power of Place Summit at the RI Convention Center in Providence, Bike Newport was honored with the 2014 award for Outstanding Leadership in Smart Growth, presented by Grow Smart RI. We were joined by our partners and supporters to accept the award. Shown here:  (l-r) Scott Wolf, Executive Director of Grow Smart RI; Bari Freeman, Executive Director of Bike Newport; Deanna Casey, Board Chair Bike Newport; Guillaume de Ramel, Frederick H. Prince Memorial Fund; Bill Riccio, City of Newport Director of Public Services; Despina Metakos, RIDOT Highway Safety; Francisco Lovera, RIDOT Highway Safety; and Dennis DiPrete, Board Member of Grow Smart RI and owner of DiPrete Engineering, who presented the award to Bike Newport. Also on hand to share our special moment and cheer us on were Bike Newport staff  members Liza Burkin and Mark Chesterton; Board Member Dawn Euer; Elizabeth Lynn and Barbara van Beuren of the van Beuren Charitable Foundation; and John Martin of AARP-RI. It was a wonderful day and delightful recognition of the importance of bicycling as an indicator and driver of quality of life, quality of place, and smart urban growth. Progress all around!

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