by Molly Henry, New England Coordinator of the East Coast Greenway Alliance On November 7th, local and state officials and active transportation advocates gathered in Woonsocket to celebrate the ground breaking for the Blackstone River Bikeway (BRB) segment 8C. The 0.6-mile segment starts at Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket and stretches to the Massachusetts state… read more
By Molly Henry, New England Regional Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway Alliance Gano Street in Providence’s Fox Point neighborhood may have bicycle signage and shared lane markings but for residents and visitors on two wheels, the experience is less than comfortable. High traffic volumes and a relatively narrow road width make Gano Street a tricky place for… read more
2015 has been a banner year!
Bike Newport continues to gain traction on the roads, in the community, and around the region. Our “By the Numbers” card details exciting progress: more bike education, more bike infrastructure, and more bike riders. That’s the Bike Newport story – MORE and BETTER bicycling.
No matter why you ride, or even if you don’t ride, you’ll love the community we’re working to create. A bike-friendly Newport will also be a kid-, pedestrian-, elder-, business-, and environment-friendly Newport. Newport will be a better community for motorists, as well. We’re working to educate all road users about safety – better bicyclists, better pedestrians, and better motorists.
Our efforts are all based on a three-part promise of more and better infrastructure, education, and ridership:
On the road to this bike-friendly vision, we’re working toward more bike lanes, more bike parking, better bike routes, better bike education, better road sharing, and, yes, dedicated bike paths on Aquidneck Island – starting with the First Mile. We will hold our course until we have connected the North End with the center of town, and we have afforded our residents and visitors a healthful and enjoyable way to arrive in Newport walking and biking. That First Mile of bike path will be one more step on the path to a bikeable and walkable island – for transportation and for recreation. We can do this – with your help. We can hold our course and continue to strengthen our partnerships, deepen our traction, and advance our progress.
Please support us today. Because dreaming bike-friendly is easy. But funding bike-friendly is hard.
Every contribution helps! Donations are tax-deductible.
Contributions over $50 will receive a free Bike Newport 2016 membership.
Join us, visit us, be part of the action.
Take a class, rescue a bike, come for a community ride, share your road knowledge, mark the maps, teach a kid to ride or to keep her tires inflated, help park some of the 3,369 bikes at the Folk Festival! Stop by our HQ at 437 Broadway any time and say hello. Grab a Newport Bike Map and a Commuter Guide while you’re here. Visit our Bike Garages and get a tour of the inventory, learn a little about wheel truing from an expert, or how to fix a flat from a recent basic bike maintenance graduate. Bear witness to the crowd of kids circling Miantonomi Park on Bike Library bikes.
We need your help to make it all happen! To keep us in the saddle and at the tables where decisions are made. We need your help to keep the doors open to our Bike Library, the tools busy at our Bike Garages, the routes shared in our Bike Map, the spotlight on local and statewide Bike Plans, and funding for safer on-road biking as well as multi-use paths.
If you have ideas, questions, feedback, please reach out to us. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Our phone number is (401) 619-4900.
Explore this website – it’s chock full of great information, maps, and resources.
THANK YOU! For your support, and for being part of Bike Newport.
Bike Newport Board:
Dawn Euer, Chair; Allison McNally, Vice Chair; Don Jagoe, Treasurer; Laura Murphy, Secretary; Sarah Atkins, Renee Kaminitz, Peter Harty, James Ryan, Chip Young
Bike Newport Staff:
Bari Freeman, Executive Director; Mark Chesterton, Director of Education; Liza Burkin, Program Manager
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This Friday marks a very special event in our state capital – Park(ing) Day is an annual global event where artists, designers, activists, and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Transport PVD have helped to organize the inaugural Park(ing) Day in Providence, where 35 “parklets” will occupy parking spaces outside businesses throughout the city.
From the Downtown Providence Blog:
“On Friday, September 20th, you’ll get a chance to linger within temporary 170-square foot on-street enclaves. As part of PARK(ing) Day, an annual world-wide event that raises awareness about the need for pedestrian-friendly spaces within urban environments, 35 parking spots will be redesigned as small public parks. The rule for the day is: if you can park a car in it, you can have a park in it.”
We at Bike Newport are thrilled to be participating in the festivities by leading a mini-bike tour of the parklets in Providence’s West Side and Downcity neighborhoods. We will leave from Saint John’s Park at Atwells & Vinton Streets at 12 PM. The route will be relatively slow, and will take about one hour to complete. As always, helmets are required to be a part of the ride.
Here’s a map of the route:
Hope to see you there!
The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council posted 3 jobs openings last week. They are seeking a Greenway Manager, Senior Ranger and Bike Shop Manager. All positions are seasonal, with the bike shop manager being the shortest at 14-weeks. Text of the Bike Shop Manager listing is below. Bike Shop Manager The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC)… read more
On Saturday, May 19, 2012 the first Rhode Island Women’s Ride will celebrate much of the beautiful bicycling that the state has to offer with unique rides for each of three categories of cyclists and our pivotal, historic role in the development of the concept of women’s equality. There is a challenging, 100km loop through… read more
REI in Cranston is partnering with Recycle-A-Bike Providence to take in old, used bikes a give them new life. The bikes will be refurbished or their parts will be used by volunteer mechanics to create other low cost bikes. The drive will be at REI from 1pm – 6pm on Labor Day weekend (9/3 –… read more
Sunday, July 31, 3-7pm @Dexter Park A celebration of bike riding and grassroots organizing in the city. It will start with a ride-your-bike scavenger hunt and end with a party at Dexter Park on the west end of Providence. The scavenger hunt starts at the park between 2:30-3pm. Maps will be provided. Go on a… read more
The 2011 VeloSprints fundraising series continues. Six sessions in at McFadden’s on Monday nights and the leaders are beginning to emerge. They’ll face the leaders from three other venues (Ocean Mist, Eastern Mountain Sports and Waxy O’Connor’s) in the championship round at McFadden’s on April 3rd. It’s not to late to enter the tournament and… read more
Unfinished renovation at Fat Belly’s, Wakefield forces us to cancel tonights VeloSprints session. We’ll be back next Tuesday night to see if anyone south of Providence can spin 500metres faster than Ned Connelly. See you all then. More information about RI VeloSprints at RIVeloSprints.com.
According to an article on bicyclenewswire, The Legaue of American Cyclists recently released it’s 2008 Clubs of the Year selections. On the list: Region 1. Narragansett Bay Wheelmen. Rhode Island. The NBW is a stalwart member and supporter of the League’s education programs and is one of the largest and most active clubs in the… read more
The Providence Bicycle Coalition has been notoriously underrepresented at Green Drinks in Providence. What’s Green Drinks, you ask? It is this, and it happens every month in our town. This month, we meet at the offices of the R.I. Green Building Council, 28 Wolcott St, which is here, sort of behind the VA Hospital. Starts… read more