Synergy #4 (mixed media cyanoprint by artist Robert Davidson) will be featured at the silent auction.
Wow! We’ve got some amazing items lined up for our Bike Newport Night: RACK ‘em UP! raffle and silent auction. Many local businesses, organizations and individuals are donating exciting items! Original art, bike friendly apparel, tours, cruises, memberships, dinners out, wine, and many manners of self-indulgence await your bids. Plenty to raffle as well, including the GRAND PRIZE donated by Ten Speed Spokes – a custom-sized SPECIALIZED CROSSROADS. Everyone attending will be eligible to win! Come party with us at Midtown Oyster Bar from 6-9pm on Wednesday, March 19th.
“RACK ‘EM UP!” will raise funds for high-capacity bike racks. With up to 900 cyclists per day at the 2013 Folk Festival, we know that there is great potential to move festivalgoers from cars to bikes. With bikes, Newport’s summer traffic congestion and parking challenges are reduced. But bikes need parking, too! So racks have become this year’s fundraising focus. The high-capacity event racks will be portable, stackable, and available for events throughout the season.
Bike Newport Night 2014 will be hosted by Midtown Oyster Bar with help from Common Fence Music and entertainment by Pier Jump and Los Duderinos. Adding to the fun is VeloSprint Racing with the RI Bicycle Coalition. What is VeloSprints? A racing simulator that’s super fun, spirited, and competitive. Hop on a bike and see if you can beat your best friend in a fired-up 30-second sprint. Projected times pitch the excitement while the bands play on. You won’t want to miss this one.
Thanks to all the generous local businesses who are helping make Rack ‘Em Up an event to remember!
Angela Moore Jewelry
Angel Hair & Nails
Common Fence Music
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Green Valley Country Club
Midtown Oyster Bar
Newport Art Museum
The Newport Experience
Newport Yachting Center & Marina
Norman Bird Sanctuary
Preservation Society of Newport County
Sailors for the Sea
Sea Angel Salon
Ten Speed Spokes
Tennis Hall of Fame
On Wednesday, November 20th, cyclists and supporters of all ages gathered at Newport City Hall to watch John Siemiatkoski of the League of American Bicyclists present the City of Newport with Rhode Island’s first Bicycle Friendly Community award. This designation announces to all who reside in and visit Newport that it is a great place to ride – and getting better. What’s more, Andrew Koziol, Highway Safety Program Coordinator of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, presented citations from Governor Lincoln Chafee congratulating the City and Bike Newport on the accomplishment.
The commemoration included many speakers highlighting different areas of Newport’s journey towards bike friendliness: Bike Newport Board Member Allison McNally spoke from the perspective of “Every Cyclist”; Sergeant Christopher Hayes about public safety and new methods of cycling enforcement; Renee Kaminitz on cycling safety and community support; and five students from Thompson Middle School on why they love to ride.
After the event at City Hall drew to a close, 26 cyclists and took a “victory lap” around downtown in the wintry sunlight – thanks to Newport Bicycle for bringing their bikes to City Hall so everyone could join in. Newport Pedicab showed its support and debuted its newest driver – Touro Synagogue’s Rabbi Mark Mandel! The day ended with delicious food generously provided by The Fifth Element, a great reminder of why cyclists love to ride – to eat afterwards!
Click to see more photos of the event.
The list of stakeholders and partners who have contributed to Newport’s progress toward Bicycle Friendliness is long and impressive! THANK YOU:
City of Newport, RI Department of Transportation, Newport Public Schools, Newport Police Department, Newport County Preservation Society, Newport This Week, Newport Daily News, Newport Mercury, WADK, The Boys and Girls Club, The Met School, the Florence Gray Center, the Newport Housing Authority, Discover Newport, Sustainable Aquidneck, Newport Film, Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Newport Grand, Old Colony Railway, Newport Federal Savings Bank, AARP of Rhode Island, Newport Fed, Discover Newport, Gray Matter Marketing, VHB, Washington Square Roots, People’s Credit Union, Narragansett Bay Wheelmen, RI Bicycle Coalition, Federal Highway Administration, the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, the Frederick H Prince Memorial Fund, Newport Hospital, Newport Bicycle, Ten Speed Spokes, Pedal Power, Newport City Council, Newport City Manager, Social Venture Partners Rhode Island, Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, RI Department of Management, Fort Adams Trust, Newport Pedicab, Pirate Pedicab, Salve Regina University, and many more…
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We are thrilled to announce the addition of four new Board Members. Sarah Whitehouse Atkins, Renee Kaminitz, Jim Ryan and Bob Rulli all offer invaluable skills and experience that will help guide and shape Bike Newport’s efforts to improve and encourage cycling in our City by the Sea. For their brief bios and more information about all Bike Newport Board and Staff, check out the Who We Are page.
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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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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Report on the newport City Council Workshop regarding the RIDOT proposed pedestrian and bicycle improvements to Memorial Blvd, Wed August 15, 2012:
The RIDOT plan was presented to the City Council by Bob Rocchio, RIDOT Manager of Traffic Management and Highway Safety; Peter Pavao, RIDOT Traffic Engineer; and Bill Desantis, Bike/Ped Corporate Director at VHB. It was a very informative and positive discussion focusing on the placement of the dedicated bike lanes, transitions to shared lanes and presence of wide buffer zones to keep cyclists at a distance from beachgoer street parking. Questions by the Council were thoughtful and helpful. Comments and suggestions by audience members were insightful and respected.
The configuration of thru lane, shared lane and dedicated bike lane changes over the length of the boulevard. Where there is no parking, a dedicated bike lane is present. Where there is street parking, there is either one shared lane, or two lanes – one thru and one shared. The plan considers reducing speed, maintaining traffic flow and accommodating volume. Additionally, the plan addresses pedestrian crossings and vehicular left turn lanes at the major intersection with Bellevue, adding left turn signals in all directions and replacing pedestrian crossing signals with countdown timers.
In other news: In his presentation, Bob Rocchio, , commended Newport on being proactive on safety issues in the context of both municipal and state Complete Streets initiatives. He shared that RIDOT would like Newport to be a pilot city for the new statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. This is very exciting and promising news and we look forward to being part of this major step for the state in backing up the Complete Streets promise.
The progress reported here is significant, and is thanks to RIDOT, the Newport City Council, Mayor Harry Winthrop, Rep. Peter Martin, City Manager Jane Howington, Director of Public Services Bill Riccio, and the many residents who volunteer their time and talent in the best interest of cyclists and pedestrians. We extend our appreciation to all.
Yesterday, the State House announced that RIDOT has four proposals for road improvements in Newport before the State Traffic Commission:
1) Rebuild the railroad crossings at Elm and Poplar Streets
2) installation of a crosswalk on America’s Cup just south of the Brick Market.
3) a crosswalk on Memorial Blvd at Thomas Street, and
4) the redesign of Memorial Blvd following a fatal bicycle accident in June.
These recommendations are excellent news for ALL users of our roads – agreeing in spirit and in practice with Complete Streets resolutions passed by both the City of Newport and the State of Rhode Island.
As we’re moving forward carefully and steadily, major strides are being made here in Newport – in particular for the cycling community.
In April, our City Council passes a resolution to work together with Bike Newport to become a Bicycle Friendly Community, potentially the first certified Bike Friendly Community in Rhode Island.
In June, we celebrated the first bicycle road marks in Newport, when the City marked a route from Bellevue to Fort Adams in time for the America’s Cup World Series. The payoff was more than 600 people trading cars for bikes to attend the event, contributed to a significant reduction in traffic congestion. That success is now the model for the upcoming Folk and Jazz festivals.
Weeks later, we’re facing the second road mark, a major road improvement, potentially the first bike lane on Aquidneck Island.
By marking Memorial Blvd, we’ll dramatically improve the understanding of road sharing on one of the busiest thoroughfares in the City. We’ll establish rules and protocol for road sharing that will help establish better practices throughout the City. We’ll provide a road sharing structure for our police officers to support and enforce. We’ll have our first efforts be a joint effort of city and state. And we’ll have a model in place that we can continue to replicate.
Because the Memorial Blvd project will be limited to road markings, it can potentially be completed by the end of August. RIDOT will come to town very soon (stay tuned for the announcement) to present their plans to the public. Meanwhile, the City Council is reviewing the plans to render their official opinion.
Thank you to Representative Peter Martin, to RIDOT and to our City Council for moving things along efficiently and deliberately.