The Big Blue Bike Barn is Coming! Modeled on the successes of the Red Shed in Olneyville, our new Bike Barn will dramatically increase the size of Bike Newport’s current North Side Bike Library – from one 20’ container to two 40’ containers – quadrupling the size. The program will relocate out of the Florence Gray Center parking lot and onto a lot on Sunset Blvd, immediately adjacent to Miantonomi Park. This past October, 23 city leaders and stakeholders boarded a bus bound for the Red Shed in Riverside Park where we toured and chatted with the staff of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council about their site and programs. Jai Communications Group captured the day in the accompanying video. In February, North Side residents gathered at the Health Equity Zone’s Vision Lab to plan what the Newport version will look like. Place Studio Landscape Design captured the vision in the “after” illustration above. Thanks to multiple partners, the new facility will be a beautiful hub of bicycle, garden, and park activity. Work on preparing the site has already begun; and the new containers are expected to be in place by mid-April. Newport Housing Authority made the land available to house the Bike Barn; the City of Newport is assisting with removing fences, clearing space, and cutting the path into Miantonomi to connect directly with the mountain bike trails in the park. Aquidneck Land Trust is providing access and guiding stewardship of the paths. The Newport County YMCA is actively partnering on creating summer program. Aquidneck Community Table is helping to plan gardens on the site. Solar panels will provide power and rain barrels will collect water. The community will be invited to help with many aspects of preparing the containers and the properties for activity. Rhonda Mitchell, Executive Director of Newport Housing Authority, shared, “The board and staff of the Housing Authority are excited to see this property be put to such good use. We love the Bike Newport Bike Library and we’re happy to help it to expand in an improved location. Our youth and families are going to get great enjoyment from this facility and from the programs that will take place there.” Austin Andersen is a 15-year-old bike enthusiast and one of the many excited Newport youth. He’s been coming to the Bike Library for five years. “This is going to be the coolest thing we’ve had in a while. Everyone’s been talking about it and waiting on it and now it’s coming. It’s showing a lot about people in the community reaching out to kids and helping them do what they love.” Dedicated funding to date has been generously provided by Powered by Prince at Newport Hospital, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the RITBA Foundation. The post The Big Blue Bike Barn appeared first on Bike Newport.
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.
Squiddo is being unleashed onto the streets of Newport for another limited-time run! Order Your Bike Newport Jersey! Now ’til Friday, September 29th. Think Fall Rides and think Winter Holiday Gifts! Super popular and only occasionally available. Manufactured by Pactimo Apparel, the jerseys are high-performance, high-quality, and elastic-free. Men’s and Women’s Continental Short Sleeve Jersey: $96.00 Men’s and Women’s Continental Long Sleeve Jersey: $112.00 We have a Fit Kit available at our office at 62 Broadway in Newport if you’d like to try one on. Order now, click me! Orders must be made by Friday, 09/29 The post The Giant Cycling Squid of Narragansett Bay Jersey is back! appeared first on Bike Newport.
^ the new sharrows on Broadway position bicyclists right behind cars that are backing up. Over the weekend, the full length of Broadway was painted with much-anticipated “sharrows” – road markings indicating shared use by cars and bicycles. But wait – these sharrows are located immediately next to backing out cars. Is that where they belong? The sharrows on Broadway are currently in the far-right of the lane, adjacent to diagonal parking, where visibility is at its worst for everyone. How many of us already back out of those spots with trepidation? According to NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) Guidelines: “On streets with posted 25mph speeds or slower, preferred placement is in the center of the travel lane to minimize wear and encourage bicyclist to occupy the full lane.” That’s where they are on Spring and Thames, and where we expected to see them on Broadway. People on bikes – and people in cars – will think that bikes are required to be that close to the cars. Therein lies the great danger. We ask that the City move the sharrows away from the parked cars to the recommended center of the traffic lane. Where to ride: Bicyclists are cautioned to ride in the center of the lane on narrow streets such as lower Broadway, Spring, and Thames – away from the parked cars. Where bike lanes are present, as on America’s Cup and Memorial Blvd, use the bike lane unless cars, sand, debris or other hazards are in your path. Bike lanes and sharrows are guides, not requirements. Bicyclists: Body language and communication are everything. Cars have horns and lights; you have arms, eyes, and voices. Always scan behind you and signal with your arms when merging or turning. Assume drivers have not seen you, until they signal their awareness. Use your voice to thank or alert other road users. Remember to stay off the sidewalks and always ride in the same direction as traffic. Drivers: Please understand that bicyclists are required by law to be on the road, and are both allowed and encouraged to take the lane for our own safety. On Broadway, and in congested summertime Newport in general, everyone is forced to move more slowly than usual. Remember to give people on bikes enough room. No degree of frustration is worth putting someone in danger. Put safety first. Ride and drive cautiously on busy Broadway. Be kind out there! The post How to ride a bike safely on Broadway 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.
Check out our new HQ!
After our fine summer on Spring Street, Bike Newport operations are shifting to 62 Broadway – the site of the former Newport Medical Center. Since May, we’ve been temporarily housed in a former gas station, a space that supported the busy Community Bike Project and advocacy work under the same roof. The newly leased location at 62 Broadway will allow us to continue to conduct these programs side by side, while also giving more space for planning meetings, classes, community gatherings and more.
Butch Murray, owner of the Spring Street location as well as the Fastnet Pub, made the Spring Street site available to us for this short period. Without Butch’s support, the building transformation and our program growth over the past the seven months would not have happened. On Spring Street, we accomplished our intention – to prove the impact we can have when centrally located. Now we’ll be able to maintain this high level of activity in the heart of the city. Butch’s friendship and generosity really made it possible.
Being located in downtown Newport greatly increased the visibility of our community bicycle restoration program – attracting and engaging people of every age, every type of bike experience, and every walk of life. During the summer months alone, scores of program participants worked on their own bicycles, while more than 100 bicycles were restored and distributed into the community. The very central and accessible location at 62 Broadway will encourage more community involvement, as well as an expansion of other educational programs. In addition to administrative offices and a basement for bike storage, our new space will feature a mapping and strategy room, conference room, classroom, and other meeting space.
Steve Kirby of Kirby Commercial, has been a friend of Bike Newport since we first formed in November of 2011. He shared: “I’ve always appreciated what Bike Newport brings to the community, and I’m happy I could help them find this new longer-term site to continue to grow. The space appears to be ideal.” We also have the generous support of the property owners on Broadway – Schochet Companies – so we can develop the site to meet program needs. And once again, Northeast Collaborative Architects is donating their design services to ensure the bike culture vibe isn’t left behind on Spring Street. “It’s a different set of criteria on Broadway, but we’ll help the site say ‘bike happiness’ just as it does now on Spring Street,” said NCA partner architect Glenn Gardiner.
We will need volunteers to help with the move and the new site transformation during the first two weeks of November. Community service hours are available and refreshments will be on hand. Keep an eye on our Facebook , our Twitter, or send an email to email@example.com if you’re interested in helping with the move.
In addition to downtown activities, the Bike Garage at Rogers HS and the Bike Library at the Florence Gray Center are in full swing. The popular Bike Library is open for youth action every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Visit www.bikenewportri.org/bike-garage/ for the full list of locations and programs.
We’re entering our fifth year improving and encouraging bicycling in collaboration with the city, police, schools, businesses, planners, and other agencies locally and statewide. Our oranization, staff, and programs have been recognized for excellence and innovation by Grow Smart RI, Women in Transportation, Clean Water Action, AARP-RI, Women’s Resource Center, Newport Life Magazine, RI Department of Health, RI Department of Transportation, the League of American Bicyclists, and People For Bikes, among others.
We’ll be fully moved in by November 15th – be sure to stop by, say hi, and help us warm our new digs with bike love!
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Excerpt from – Bike to the SVF Farm – It only happens once a year.