Did you know Rhode Island and Massachusetts have draft statewide Bicycle Planning Guides? Massachusetts Department of Transportation has a ‘Draft Municipal Resource Guide For Bikeability,’ and Rhode Island has a draft ‘Bicycle Mobility Plan.’ Give them a read and see the future when all road users are treated equally and we leave car-centric planning behind. These plans share missions: Biking will be a safe, comfortable, and convenient (MA) and safe, fun, and practical (RI) option for everyday travel. They are encouraging and informative documents that assist people in choosing bicycles, and municipalities in planning for bikeable places. Well done, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We hope to see them adopted soon! The post Statewide Bicycle Planning Guides 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.
^ 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.
We’re excited to be partnering with the Newport County Community Mental Health Center‘s 7th Annual Tour de Newport on Sunday, September 27th, an event dedicated to the memory of Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino in honor of his ultimate sacrifice for his country in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Riders can choose 10/25/45 mile distances, all starting and ending at Rogers High School. This family-centered, health-focused, outdoor event is to support the continued provision of NCCMHC’s greatly needed outpatient services and 24 hour, 7-day-a-week emergency services which allow NCCMHC to respond to children and adults experiencing a mental health crisis, and to support local law enforcement and the hospital emergency department.
Hope to see you there!
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Want to see your bike art grace the cover of 10,000 maps that’ll be distributed all over Newport County? We’re gearing up for the 4th edition of our Newport Bicycle Map – bigger (now including Tiverton & Little Compton!), better, and in need of some radical new cover art.
The final dimensions will be 3.25″x8.5″.Send us your submission by Monday, July 27th. Must incorporate the title, “Newport County Bicycle Map”.
Email email@example.com with any questions. And please SHARE this post with local artists!
Thanks to artist extraordinaire Rafael Medina for the amazing 3rd edition cover!
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The Newport community is coming together to improve safety on our busy roads – and it all starts with a WAVE. Newport Waves is a new campaign to make the city’s streets safer. The proposition is for all road users – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, skateboarders, and others – to acknowledge one another with a simple, intuitive, and friendly gesture. A “Newport Wave.”
Featuring a cast of characters known to many, the campaign is a who’s who of Newport notables walking, biking, and driving. Together, the favorite community police officer (Jimmy Winters), the city’s surfing icon (Sid Abbruzzi), the Boston Marathon bomb survivor (Heather Abbott), the state’s Senate President (Theresa Paiva Weed), and the rest of the cast, all elicit smiles, nods of approval, and a readiness to do the wave.
City Councilor Lynn Ceglie attended the community meetings that led to the production of the Newport Waves campaign. “Now I wave all the time,” she shared with her fellow councilors, “and I wait for a response. There’s no question I feel safer.”
“When I saw the video, I immediately showed it to my daughters,” Councilor Naomi Neville reported. “This campaign is amazing and I’m going to vote to support it.”
A positive and entertaining 90-second video is at the heart of the campaign, and can be viewed at newportwaves.org. The video will play widely on web sites, on social media, and on screens citywide. Thirty-six Newport Waves street banners over select city travel routes will greet visitors and residents starting in early July. Posters, postcards, and table tents will begin appearing as businesses join the campaign.
“This is a community project. We all own it,” explained Bari Freeman, executive director of Bike Newport, the organization spearheading the campaign. “We’ll all use the resources we have to reach more and more people. We’ll create a culture shift for safety – with a wave, and a smile.”
Evan Smith, president of Discover Newport, the City’s Tourism Board, told a recent crowd that safety is a key element in making a destination popular. “Waving is intuitive. It’s positive and it’s friendly. And if it can save someone from being hurt, this campaign is so worth it.”
“It’s all about teaching our kids how to be safe on our roads,” shared Colleen Jermain, Superintendent of Schools.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make our streets safer for everyone,” announced Newport Police Sgt. Jonathan Cortes, another leader of the Newport Waves campaign partnership.
Among those community businesses already on board with Newport Waves are the Jane Pickens Theater, which will show the video before movies throughout the summer; Newport’s Hyatt Regency, which will play the video in all of its 258 guest rooms; and RIPTA, which will run the campaign in 70 busses.
“Safety on the roads is important for our guests and our employees and so we’ll do all we can to help get this message out,” said (Hyatt employee TBD).
“It’s short and it’s fun,” summed up Jane Pickens owner, Kathy Staab.
There are many other early campaign partners, including the Newport Visitors Center, Newport County YMCA, and the Newport Daily News. Interested businesses and organizations should visit www.newportwaves.org for more information. “Raise your hand if you’re in!” is the battle cry for Newport Waves.
The campaign was sparked by a federal grant “Safer Streets for All”, managed in Rhode Island by RI-HEALTH. The video was produced pro bono by Worldways Social Media of Newport. The banners will be funded by a Senate Legislative Grant from Newport native and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed. The “We Wave!” concept was created by Butler Brothers of Austin, TX. For more information and to see the campaign: visit www.newportwaves.org.
Join Bike Newport and hundreds of cyclists as we ride Newport County’s scenic coastline while celebrating the life and passion of Dr. Elliot Kaminitz. The third annual Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride will be held on June 21, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. With a range of distances from 6, 10 and 25 miles, riders of all levels can participate. We are also engaging young cyclists with a Kids “Tour de Fort”, sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. This youth program and activity area will be hosted inside the walls of Fort Adams State Park, which will provide a fun and safe environment for kids and parents to participate.
All three ride options start and finish inside Fort Adams State Park. Following the ride, food and beverages will be available for participants. Riders are encouraged to choose the distance that suits their abilities.
“There in Spirit”: Can’t get to Newport, but want to participate? Join us in spirit! Sign up and take a ride with your family and friends wherever you are on Father’s Day morning. Send us a photo and/or tag the Father’s Day Ride! Don’t let the distance keep you from supporting Elliot’s legacy of more, better and safer cycling.
This year, for the first time, no one will miss the ride for financial reasons. There is a “fee waiver request” on the registration form as well as the opportunity for riders to sponsor other riders. Everyone who wants to ride will be able to ride. Our goal is to get more families and individuals of all ages and abilities to participate and to ensure that no one is denied the chance to ride.
Proceeds from this event support Bike Newport’s bicycle safety programs.
Volunteers still needed! Contact Liza.
Please say THANKS to our Father’s Day Ride sponsors and community partners:
IE-Cycle, Corrigan Financial, Worldways Social Marketing, Newport Daily News, KVH Industries, Newport County YMCA, and Representative Lauren Carson. And to our community partners Empire Tea & Coffee, A Market, Panera, Newport Yogis, Hooley, Mansion Rentals, Newport Bicycle and Ten Speed Spokes.
For more information about supporting the 2015 Father’s Day Ride:
Bike Newport: (401) 619-4900, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Help us make Newport a truly Bike Friendly Community, a city where it’s so safe, convenient and inviting for anyone to walk or bike, that we ultimately reduce the number of cars and busses on our overcrowded, overburdened streets by hundreds or even thousands per day. That’s where we’re heading … together.
For all its beauty and history, for its small size, the City by the Sea is meant to be walked and bicycled. With your help, we can make that happen. One bike rack, one bike lane, one road safety class at a time.
Right now, we have the chance to double the value of your support for a Bike Friendly Newport. Please help us meet the amazing $25,000 matching challenge issued by a generous supporter.
Three Easy Ways to Give:
* 1. Send a check, payable to: SVPRI for Bike Newport to:
Newport, RI 02840
* 2. Donate via Razoo: visit our campaign page.
3. Use PayPal:
Log onto PayPal, choose “send” and enter the email “email@example.com” for the recipient.
* These donations, made through our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, SVPRI, are tax deductible charitable contributions.
WE ALREADY SEE the future Bike Friendly Newport. Just look around the city. Thanks to you and other supporters of bicycle culture, our fledgling organization has made a great impact in just three short years. Newport even earned the Bronze designation as a Bike Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists, thanks to our close partnership with the City.
Newly striped bike lanes on Memorial Boulevard. Work underway on America’s Cup. Lighted helmets and reflective vests for bike-reliant commuters. Dozens of children riding their first bikes – bikes they repaired with their own hands. From safer road-sharing to improved bike-friendly streets, from more bike parking to more people biking, Newport can see and feel the results of our hard work.
But, we’ve still got a ways to go.
Bike Love: Help Us Make it Grow
We’ve got big plans to make Newport a lot more Bike Friendly in 2015. But we need your help to reach thousands of riders and motorists with safe road-sharing information, and to put hundreds of new cyclists of all ages safely in the saddle.
You can help us to spread the Bike Love that will transform Newport into the Bike Friendly Community it is meant to be.
And if you give now, we can double your love!
Thanks to our matching gift challenge, every dollar contributed between now and January 31, up to a total of $25,000, will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor.
Want to know more about Bike Newport? We’re just a visit away from sharing much more with you. Just let us know – with a call to (401) 619-4900 or an email to any of us. We’ll be happy to share what we do, what we plan, and how you can help make it happen.
Thank you for being part of Bike Newport. And thank you in advance for helping us to continue our work. Our supporters and partners are the wind behind our wheels.
The Bike Newport Team:
Bari Freeman, Executive Director
Mark Chesterton, Director of Education
Liza Burkin, Program Manager
Board of Directors:
Deanna Conheeny, President
Allison McNally, Vice President
Dawn Euer, Treasurer
Laura Murphy, Secretary
Sarah Whitehouse Atkins
From late October to Thanksgiving break, we worked with Thompson Middle School to promote and inspire more biking and walking to school. Through daily encouragement and weekly raffles, over 25% of the student body participated. On Tuesday, Nov 25th, three grand prize winners were drawn from among the students who biked or walked the most during the challenge. Clockwise from top right: 5th grader Nathaniel Thompson received a $250 gift card to Ten Speed Spokes; Kaylon Samuels received a a $250 gift certificate to Newport Bicycle; and 8th grader Graeme Clougher, pictured with our own Director of Education Mark Chesterton, received a $250 gift card to Pedal Power in Middletown. The Bike and Walk to School Challenge was funded by a generous grant from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Celebrate kids moving in the morning!
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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!