HAPPINESS IS …
… ditching the car, enjoying the ride and skipping the traffic and parking hassles. Here’s how to BIKE to the Festivals.
Just one request – okay two – bring your LIGHTS and HELMET. You’ll likely be leaving after dark and mother wants you to be SAFE and VISIBLE. Jeepers, kids, we know you’re a rock star in the saddle, and we all love wind in our hair, but it’s a ZOO out there. Here are some local TIPS (and laws) for your safety.
Please be aware that Newport in the summer is congested and drivers can be distracted. You should expect heavier traffic during the Festivals. Ride carefully, pay extra attention and give yourself plenty of time to ride over.
Another thing – Newport is known for its history and beauty – but not so much for the condition of the roads. Watch for holes and ruts!
PARK N’ BIKE:
Feel free to park anywhere in Newport where long-term parking is permitted – be sure to check signs for restrictions. Or, you can head straight to our dedicated “Park n’ Bike” lot at 437 Broadway (Bike Newport HQ) – a very convenient location if arriving from the bridge or from the north. There is no charge for parking, though donations to your fab host – Bike Newport – are always welcome! Donations support bike education and road sharing initiatives.
Driving directions to 437 Broadway parking lot from the Newport Pell Bridge: Take the 114 North/Fall River/Cape Cod exit off the bridge. (Do not take the downtown Newport exit.) At the end of the ramp, take a left on Admiral Kalbfus Rd. Travel .6 miles and take a right on Broadway, then .3 miles to #437 on the left. Look for a “Park n’ Bike” sign marking the driveway. Park in our lot and ride the 5 miles to Fort Adams, looking for the yellow cyclist road signs along the way.
BASIC BIKE ROUTE to Fort Adams:
Just look for the Bike Newport cyclist signs and follow him (her?) to Fort Adams! We highly recommend you also check the maps below. You can pull them all up on your phone. Happy cycling! Reminder – bring lights!! You’ll likely be heading home in the dark.
AT FORT ADAMS: Bike Parking and Tune Ups
Talk about premiere parking! When you arrive at Fort Adams, go ahead and pass all the cars backed up and out of the park, bike all the way in and right up to the Entrance Gate – that’s where you’ll find Bike Parking. Volunteers and mechanics from Bike Newport and REI will be on hand to help you. You can sign up for some basic maintenance while you’re inside at the show. Brake work, gear adjustment, or how about a nice clean ‘n polish job? All proceeds benefit Bike Newport’s programs for youth. Uber thanks to our friends and partners at REI.
Photo credit: Brian Lima
Want to lend a hand at the festivals? We need all the help we can get parking up to 1,000 bikes a day. All volunteers receive a wristband to the event as well – help us make Newport’s biggest summer event a bike-friendly one and catch some fabulous acts while you’re at it! Email or call us at (401) 619-4900 to sign up.
ABOUT BIKE NEWPORT
Newport’s very own bicycle advocacy organization is bringing you all the bike support goodies – Park n’ Bike, Bike Routes, Bike Maps, Bike Parking, On-Site Tune-Ups and Bike Power – because we LOVE bikes and we LOVE the Folk and Jazz Festivals and we LOVE when you all leave your cars home and enjoy the ride.
Bike Newport – working to improve and encourage cycling in and around Newport. Thanks for being part of the solution!
ABOUT REI: Our Folk Fest Bike Parking Partner
We know and love REI as the premier outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. In addition to offering high-quality award-winning outdoor gear and apparel, REI is passionate about the outdoors and committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations, and financial contributions. REI volunteers and mechanics will be on hand at the 2014 Folk Festival to support bike parking and help with bike tuneups. Visit REI here and sign up for REI classes here. THANKS, REI!
Bike Newport’s Liza Burkin reveals the unique Bike Friendly Business of the Year Award – a Gilded Penny Farthing by artist Howard Newman – and presents it to Laura Murphy (l) and Jan Doda (c) of the Preservation Society of Newport County.
NEWPORT’S 4TH ANNUAL BIKE TO WORK DAY was another rollicking success! Widespread local media coverage leading up to the event let Rhode Islanders know the many benefits of biking to work and promoted the activities that took place throughout the day in Washington Square – Newport’s historic center.
In the morning, bike commuters enjoyed a breakfast buffet provided by Teas & Javas Café, Jonathan’s Café, A Market and Stop & Shop. As the cyclists chatted and fueled up for their work day, our partners shared information about a range of active and sustainable transportation options: RIPTA demonstrated how to put bikes on the bus ; AARP-RI promoted the Livable Communities Initiative; and Zipcar shared information about car sharing.
Over the course of the day, we registered 40 bicycles! Registered bikes deter theft and are easier to identify when searched, found, or sold. (You can register your bikes online at no charge.)
The afternoon saw a lineup of speakers announcing Newport’s many advances in bicycle friendliness. City Councilor Justin McLaughlin welcomed all with remarks about how far Newport has come in such a short period of time. Assistant City Engineer Frank Marinaccio announced the City’s many plans for 2014, including: a new requirement for bike-safe road grates; the painting of 1.22 miles of designated bike lanes on America’s Cup Avenue; 4.3 miles of roadway resurfacing; new bike racks at Storer Park, City Hall, Narragansett Ave and Thames Street; improved painting of the sharrows on Thames and Spring Streets; and a City-wide GIS mapping initiative that will include bike rack locations as well as the most suitable roads for cycling as mapped in the Newport Bicycle Map.
Sarah Atkins of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission presented updates on the Aquidneck Island Bikeway, and Superintendent of Newport Public Schools Colleen Jermain (who biked to work, meetings, and the afternoon event) spoke of the district’s commitment to provide bicycle education to Newport students.
Newport Housing Authority Executive Director James Reed announced that Bike Newport’s Bike Garage North will now have a permanent home in the Florence Gray Center. The program, generously funded by the Frederick H. Prince Memorial Foundation at Newport Hospital, teaches youth in Newport’s north end to maintain and safely ride bicycles. Until now, the Bike Garage North had been weather dependent – but no longer!
Next, Officer Jimmy Winters of the Newport Police Department affirmed the NPD’s sustained enforcement of safe road sharing by cyclists and motorists, prevention and management of bike theft, and plans to reward youth wearing helmets with tasty treats this summer. Bike Newport Director of Education Mark Chesterton spoke of the many ways to get involved with the Newport cycling community – by visiting our Bike Garages, volunteering, going on group rides, and more!
2014 Bike Friendly Business of the Year!
Finally, Bike Newport crowned the Preservation Society of Newport County as Newport’s Bicycle Friendly Business of the Year! The distinction was awarded to the PSNC for friendly support of biking by providing bike racks at every mansion property; encouraging employees to bicycle for fun, fitness and transportation; supporting community bicycle education by providing space and resources; helping to fund and distribute the Newport Bicycle Map; and for being a model partner in all regards since Bike Newport began its efforts to improve and encourage bicycling in 2011. The award itself was a penny farthing gilded by local sculptor Howard Newman – a perfect reference to the Gilded Age of Newport, the period of most of the Preservation Society’s magnificent mansions.
After all that talking, it was time to ride! A 4-mile City Loop transported us through the beauty of a Newport spring afternoon. We arrived back at the Square for a knee-slappin’ performance by Attleboro bluegrass act Cactus Attack and delectable Middle Eastern snacks from Genie’s Hookah Lounge – the best possible way to end Bike to Work Day 2014.
One more thing – HUGE thanks and mea culpas to CJ and the team at Empire Tea and Coffee for the vat of utterly delicious Hibiscus Mint Iced Tea that we forgot to pick up (!) THAT will never happen again …
Join us next year! Bike to Work Day 2015 will be Friday, May 15th.
Bike Safe. Bike Happy. Bike!
Bike to Work Day 2014 in photos:
Come pedal power Santa’s Trees at Bowen’s Wharf! Our bike-powered generators will help light up the North Pole on five pedal-happy evenings. The tree lights will only be lit as much and as brightly as the pedal power!
The goal: keep the trees lit!
Each night will be hosted by a different local nonprofit. Live music, hot drinks and snacks, and of course – plenty of holiday spirit!
Location: Bowen’s Wharf, The North Pole
Time: 5-7pm each night
Dates and partners:
12/13: newportFILM with Entertainment by Common Fence Music
12/14: The Housing Hotline with Entertainment by Jimmy Winters and Friends
12/20: Paul W. Crowley East Bay MET School, Entertainment to be announced
12/21: Preservation Society of Newport County, Entertainment to be announced
12/22: Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, Entertainment to be announced
We’re lining up music – and heat lamps! If you can help with either, please email us at email@example.com.
Jingle all the way!!!