Yesterday, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards and Newport has been named a Bronze BFC – the first BFC in the state of Rhode Island! Read the League’s front page story about Newport here.
“Newport is playing a critical role in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know Newport’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”
The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while benchmarking their progress toward improved bicycle-friendliness. There are now 291 BFCs in 48 states across America. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Newport’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in promotion, education, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
Newport is also the historic home of the bicycling movement. If you take a stroll through Touro Park off Bellevue Avenue, you’ll see this monument (pictured below), carved with the League’s winged wheel logo. Erected in 1980, it commemorates the founders of the League of American Wheelmen (now Bicyclists), who began their commitment to better and safer cycling in our own “City by the Sea.”
We are so proud to be returning to our two-wheeled roots! Look out for a full celebratory event and ride in November.
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This just in! Everyone who registers for the Fathers Day Ride – or makes a donation of $50 or more – by midnight, Friday, June 7, will be entered to win TWELVE TICKETS to Common Fence Music’s upcoming season: “Six Shows for Two” – selected from shows listed on the 21st season membership show list – value over $250. You and a date get to see six great shows! Season schedule to be published in August.
One chance for every registration and one chance for every $50. So, if you register 5 people, you get 5 chances to win. If you donate $100, 2 chances to win, and so on. HUGE THANKS! to Tom Perrotti and our friends at Common Fence Music for your support of local cycling!
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(photo by William Heydt)
Newport’s 3rd annual Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 17. 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!
If you live far away, over the bridge, or without access to a safe route into town , then take advantage of our generous and bike-friendly friends at Newport Grand and use the day’s Park ‘n Bike lot. Drive to Newport Grand lot, park in the back southwest corner, hop on your bike and onto Halsey Street, and ride the mile into town. You can follow this easy MAP straight to the Bike Commuter Breakfast!
We’ve got a fun day planned to celebrate cycling for transportation. All activities take place in Washington Square – the historic center of Newport.
6:00-9:00 am Bike Commuter Breakfast – Ride in and meet your friends, neighbors and colleagues for your cuppa joe and other tasty treats. Start out the day oxygenated and well-nourished.
3:00 pm Come back to the Square at 3:00 for the afternoon. We’ll release the brand new bigger and better Newport Bike Map, announce the Bike Friendly Business of the Year, and more – at the Bike to Work Day Press Conference in front of the Courthouse.
3:30 pm Bike decorating for young and old – Here’s your chance to rediscover the fun of playing cards and clothespins!
4:00 pm Community Bike Ride around Newport. About six miles. The highlight of Bike to Work Day – last year we were 70 – help us to top 100 this year!
5:00-6:30 pm Mini Bike Fair – food, music, bikes and fun in the heart of the city
Help us to spread the word. Tell your friends, encourage your colleagues. Click here to join the event on Facebook and show your support! And check back here for updates.
The National Bike Challenge starts tomorrow! From May 1st to September 30 bicyclists from across the country will be joining a friendly competition amongst riders who voluntarily track their miles.
Let’s ‘up’ Rhode Island participation this year! It’s crazy easy to join – simply follow this LINK to set up your account and then post your miles whenever you have the time. No stress. No new apps. No pressure. Lots of fun. Sign up on your own, or click HERE to join the statewide RIBIKE team.
Together we’ll rack up the miles and burn some calories. We’ll show the world the Ocean State has the numbers!
Spread the word! Invite your friends, family and colleagues to join. Post the link on your Facebook page, and tweet away, if that’s your thing. The sign up and reporting process is simple. There’s even a smartphone app to take it with you.
Click HERE for the 2013 National Bike Challenge site.
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CHANNELING GRIEF INTO PROGRESS
(4/24/13) At a press conference attended by journalists, community leaders, bike advocates and the friends and family of the late Elliot Kaminitz, Bike Newport Director Bari George and supporter Renee Kaminitz today announced the first annual Elliot Kaminitz Fathers Day Ride – to take place on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The event will raise funds through donations and registrations to support Bike Newport’s extensive bicycle advocacy, education and improvement initiatives. Registration opens today on the web site www.FathersDayRide.org.
Elliot Kaminitz tragically lost his life in a bicycle accident on Memorial Blvd near Easton’s Beach just one year ago. His family decided to guide their grief into progress by working to make the Newport area safer for cyclists. Partnering with Bike Newport, the Kaminitz Family wishes to build the awareness and the funds needed to improve education, support engineering, and provide encouragement for more, better and safer cycling.
Renee Kaminitz explained. “We’re putting our efforts and energy into improving the situation so people can enjoy our beautiful island and its history on two wheels. This is how we can honor my late husband and the city he loved. We’re encouraging our friends and our community to join us in making cycling safer for everyone. We’re partnering with Bike Newport because that’s where we see action and progress.”
Elliot’s children, Ilicia Kaminitz Strasser and Adam Kaminitz, participated in the press conference by Skype from Wilmington, DE and Santa Monica, CA respectively: “My father practiced and preached safe cycling,” Ilicia shared, “starting with his granddaughters. We’ve planned from the start for this event to include our youngest riders. Safety Town will be great fun for the kids and they’re going to be better bicyclists because of it. It’s like a kick start to all-important Bike Ed.”
“We could lose some road riders to the fun of Safety Town,” Mark Chesterton mused at the display of kid-size traffic signs made possible by VHB (the firm responsible for the Aquidneck Island Transportation Study). Chesterton is Bike Newport’s new Director of Youth Programs, and he’s galvanizing Bike Newport’s corps of Smart Cycling instructors to deliver on Ilicia’s vision for Safety Town. “Imagine – this is the first road ride for many of our youngsters – three times around the Fort is a complete mile. We’re creating our own temporary Bike Path for our kids and families in the amazing location of historic Fort Adams.”
Francisco Lovera is PE Chief Civil Engineer at RIDOT. “The Rhode Island DOT is proud to sponsor the Children’s Safety Town,” he explained. “As we work together with Bike Newport and other local organizations to improve bicycle safety and reduce roadway injuries, we know that building knowledge of cycling skills and road sharing rules is paramount – and begins with our children.”
Beginning and ending at Fort Adams State Park, the road ride will offer 5, 10 and 25-mile options, and will include some of the island’s most beautiful views, circling the Ocean Drive and continuing to Sachuest Beach and Indian Avenue in Middletown. 25-mile riders will have the opportunity to pay respects at the roadside memorial bikes for Elliot Kaminitz and fellow cyclist Mike Strickland.
The Elliot Kaminitz Fathers Day Ride is sponsored by People’s Credit Union and RIDOT. Gray Matter Marketing, the firm behind the Pell Bridge Run and the Newport Ten Miler is producing the event, and VHB Consultants are providing the child-size Safety Town road signs. Fort Adams Trust is also an event partner – making the space available and encouraging participation.
The event web site is www.FathersDayRide.org and registration is open as of today.
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Six Group Rides in April
Meet at the Bike League monument in Touro Park, – unless otherwise noted.
1) Group Ride to the Clean Ocean Access Brenton Point Cleanup
Saturday, April 13, 11:30am
Remember to bring your own gloves and wear sturdy shoes.
2) Bristol Bike Path
Sunday, April 14, 8:30am
NOTE: Meet at Independence Park in Bristol.
We’ll hit the Path bright and early and enjoy a leisurely car-free ride. Bristol to Barrington 13 miles total.
3 & 4) Ocean Drive Loop
Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 8:45am
Celebrate the re-opening of the Ocean Drive! About 11 miles.
5) Middletown Beach Loop
Saturday, April 27, 8:45am
Leisurely ride, some hills, beautiful scenery, great company. About 12 miles.
6) Ride to the Newport 10 Miler
Sunday, April 28, 6:30am
Running/Walking in the Newport 10 Miler? Leave the car home! Join the group ride.
Contact: Bike Newport (401) 619-4900 email@example.com
Thanks to all who came out for last night’s Bike Newport Night! Together we raised over $3000 for “Night Bright”: our inventory of night safety equipment for our bicycle-dependent workers. Many Bike Newport supporters left with arms and pockets heavier with raffle and silent auction prizes – including Grand Prize Winner Jen Sannes and her beautiful Cannondale courtesy of Newport Bicycle! (pictured here – Jen with her Cannondale and Braden of Newport Bicycle)
We all know it takes a village to pull off any event – and no less for Bike Newport Night! Please take a moment to read our list of friends and partners, and enjoy knowing that we are all in this effort together.
The Team at SpeakEasy: Kevin, Michelle, Mike, Josh, Krista
The fab four of Anthony Road: Tom Perrotti, Mike Fischman, Ed McGuirl and Greg Ferreira, along with guest Jim McGrath.
Sponsor of Night Bright, Newport Fed; and sponsor of our pedal-powered generators, People’s Credit Union
Bike Newport Board of Directors: Deanna Casey, Tina Dolen, Christina Erwin. Steve Heath, Brian Hennessey, Allison McNally, Laura Murphy
Bike Newport Night Volunteers: Lori Bates, Pat Clayton, Chuck Flippo, Paul Hoffman, Sam Jernigan, Sarah Leary, Tim Leary, Fr. Tom O’Neill, Peter Rice,
Bike Newport Staff: Mark Chesterton, Casey Farley, Bari George, Mike Montas
And the generous and always bike-friendly businesses of our fair city: Ace Hardware, Aquidneck Honey, Asian Caravan, Bellevue Wines & Spirits, Bike Stop Café, Brick Alley Pub, Brooks Brothers, Cadeaux du Monde, Carroll Michael & Company, Chuck Flippo, Coastal Storm Brewery, Common Fence Music, Cookie Jar, Diego’s Restaurant, Duris Studios, Empire Tea & Coffee, Firehouse Theater, Farmaesthetics, Gray Matter Marketing, Green Envy, Holy Smokes, Hungry Monkey , Island Pursuit, Jane Pickens Theater, Kristen Correia, Life is Good, Mark Simmons, Michael Hayes, The Mooring, Newport Bicycle, Newport Fed, Newport Festivals Foundation, Newport Historical Society, Newport Power Yoga, Newport Wine Cellar, Old Colony & Newport Railway, Pedal Power, People’s Credit Union, Pete Rice, Pleasant Surprise, Potter & Co., Portsmouth Yacht Rigging, Preservation Society of Newport County, Pulse Fitness, RI Massage, Salvation Cafe, Stop & Shop, Team One Newport, Ten Speed Spokes, Thames Glass, Tim Leary, Touro Synagogue, Vickers Liquors, Wag Nation, Wharf Deli, Wharf Pub