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!
Three years ago, volunteers of the Star Kids Scholarship Program organized the first StarRide; a bike event for families and friends around the Ocean Drive area of Newport, RI. Routes were designed for all ages and abilities, ranging from 3 miles to 35 miles. Star Kids, Star Kids supporters, friends and families had a great morning ride. The first year of the event was fun and successful, raising enough to fund for two scholarships.
Last year’s event grew in popularity and sponsorship. Treasure chests were introduced and “Keys to a Child’s Success” were sold for $10 at registration. When riders returned, they checked to see if their key opened a treasure chest with prizes, such as tickets to a Red Sox game, dinner for four at top restaurants, jewelry certificates and much more. The 2nd annual event raised enough money to fund three scholarships.
This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. The routes are being opened to walkers and runners, and a 35 mile loop is being added for serious cyclists. Ten Speed Spokes has offered to loan bikes to anyone needing one (Contact Ten Speed Spokes by September 10) and will also be on hand to do a safety check on bikes. The treasure chests are filling again with great gifts, including a bike from Newport Bicycle, jewelry, pottery, art and gift certificates. It looks like it is going to be another great day!
Anyone can register and/or donate at www.starride.net. Routes are posted on the website. Sign in at 8am and routes open at 9am at the Cluny School, 75 Brenton Rd, Newport, RI. ‘Keys to a Child’s Success’ will be sold at registration for $10.
The grill will fire up for after ride treats and riders can see if their key unlocks a treasure chest.
All profits benefit the Newport/Fall River chapter of Star Kids Scholarship Program. The goal of this program is to provide excellent educational opportunities through high school to children of families who have struggled with addiction and/or incarceration. Currently there are 94 children in this chapter. Of the tracked Star Kids who have graduated from high school since the program’s inception, 83% have gone on to higher education. Nine out of ten Star Kid high school graduates from the class of 2014 will be going on to higher education. These Star Kids are breaking the intergenerational cycle, and going on to lead productive, enriched lives.
It was a picture perfect day on June 15th, 2014, when 200 riders and 40 volunteers came out to celebrate Father’s Day, to honor the life and passion of Elliot Kaminitz, and to ride together in celebration of more, better and safer cycling.
Thanks to all of our wonderful business supporters:
Sponsor: Corrigan Financial
Raffle Sponsor: Strong Spas (and congrats to State Rep Linda Finn on winning the Spa!)
Generous Partners: A Market, Bagel Boys, Chaves’ Gardens, Crystal Spring, ecoRI, Empire Tea & Coffee, Hooley Re-Sails, Mansion Rentals, Newport Daily News, Newport Bicycle, Newport Pedicab, Scooter World, Shaw’s Supermarket, SpaTerre at Hotel Viking, Ten Speed Spokes, Thames Street Yoga, Team One Newport
Thanks to all the participants who swabbed for life with Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.
Thanks to our fabulous VOLUNTEERS without whom none of this would be possible – you are all rock stars and deeply appreciated.
Thanks to all of our generous DONORS for recognizing that supporting bicycling is a simple and important solution to so many of our challenges.
And thanks especially to the beautiful Kaminitz Family for working so hard to improve and encourage more, better, and safer cycling for all – in memory and honor of their loving husband, father, and grandfather, Elliot Kaminitz.
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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