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18

Apr

Registration for the 2014 Father’s Day Ride is Now OPEN!

It’s our pleasure to announce that registration for the 2nd annual Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride on Sunday, June 15th is now OPEN!

One never tires of riding Newport’s magnificent Ocean Drive. Enjoy it with your family and friends this Father’s Day, while you support cycling education and engineering, and honor the legacy of Elliot Kaminitz, safe cycling rider and advocate.

The Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride is our signature event, raising awareness and funds for improved cycling through education and engineering. Please join us – and help us spread the word! Check out the website, register early, and encourage your friends and family to participate. It’s a wonderful way to start Father’s Day – and with 6/12/25 mile rides, an off-road kids ride inside the Fort, and a 2-mile Bay Walk, there’s an option for everyone.

Members of Bike Newport will receive a 15% discount on the ride registration. Become a member of Bike Newport here.

For more information, visit FathersDayRide.org.

Watch the 2013 Recap:

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19

Feb

March 19th is Bike Newport Night: RACK ‘em UP!

Hold the Date for RACK ‘EM UP! Bike Newport Night 2014 will take place on Wednesday, March 19th, 6-9pm , at the fabulous MIDTOWN OYSTER BAR. Details below. And be sure to join the event on Facebook

Every March, while the roads are still slick with wintry mix and our dreams of warm, oceanside rides are so strong we can taste the salty breeze, Bike Newport throws a mid-winter bike party and raises funds for one exciting new initiative. With the help of our wonderful community partners and dedicated volunteers, Bike Newport Night is a fun-filled evening of great food, live entertainment, raffles and a super silent auction – all in the name of more and better biking!

In 2012, Bike Newport Night funded the training of our League Certified Instructors, the expert local cyclists who teach our FREE Smart Cycling workshops. (Want to schedule a class? Gather a group of 8+ and call us at (401) 619-4900 or email us).

In 2013, Bike Newport Night funded Night Bright – the purchase and distribution of night safety equipment for our bicycle-dependent workers. We keep busy installing lights on bikes; reviewing the Rules of the Road; and giving out helmets, locks, bells, and reflective vests. It’s all about being visible and predictable.

THIS YEAR, Bike Newport Night is going to RACK ‘EM UP!

Don’t miss the party – Wednesday, March 19th, 6-9pm, hosted by our friends at Midtown Oyster Bar, and with the help of Common Fence Music – Rad entertainment by Pier Jump and Los Duderinos! Feel the burn with RIBike‘s VeloSprint Racing! Delicious appetizers provided by Midtown! A host of fun raffles and the best mid-winter silent auction in town.

Portable Stackable Bike Racks will be available for events throughout the season.

The best part? Every penny raised will fund BIKE RACKS – you KNOW Newport needs them! We’re inviting folks on bikes to visit our City by the Sea, but we need to ratchet up the bike parking options for when they arrive.

Point proven at the Folk and Jazz Festivals when we park 500-900 bikes/day. We’ve done a remarkable job getting pedestrian barricades to serve double duty as bike racks, but the time has come for proper event racks. We intend to raise enough money to support 1,000 bikes, but will buy as many racks as the funds we raise allow. Help us make it happen!

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE A RAFFLE/AUCTION ITEM

Please help support more and better bicycling by contributing a raffle prize or silent auction item. Contributions will be recognized:

On oversized posters at the event
On the Bike Newport website and social media pages
In media outreach
In event emails to members and supporters

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to arrange your donation online. Or, print out the BNN 2014 Request Form and return it to us at 435 Thames St, Newport. If you have any questions, call us at (401) 619-4900 or email us.

RSVP on Facebook, where we’ll be posting more about the event as details roll in.

THANK YOU!

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27

Jan

Be Your Own Best Defense.

(above graphic: www.looksavealife.com)

Two pedestrians died this week in Newport – in two separate incidents – both were hit by cars while crossing in a marked crosswalk. Robert Silvia, 56, was in his wheelchair crossing Memorial Blvd. Sharon Gerlach, 58, was crossing Bellevue Avenue in front of the shop she has co-owned with her sister for 32 years. Our hearts and prayers are with their loved ones.

While total traffic deaths nationwide are decreasing, the numbers of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths are increasing. This statistic can be attributed to many factors combined – more people walking and cycling, conditions at the moment, as well as increasingly distracted behaviors by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. We are off-season at the moment, but it is highly relevant that in Newport we experience the added complications of high-season tourism – visitors on holiday, excited, confused, distracted, and unaware of local ordinances.

Newport’s pain is felt in cities across the country – 2013 saw record-breaking numbers of pedestrian fatalities in Tucson and San Jose, while in NYC there were seven pedestrian deaths in the first 12 days of 2014.

The most important thing we can do in the wake of these tragedies is to be aware and pay attention – in our cars, on our feet, and on our bicycles. As drivers, we need to keep our eyes on the road. As cyclists and pedestrians, we must pay attention, and we MUST not assume that we are seen. We must be in the habit of making eye contact before trusting a stop sign or crosswalk to protect us.

Ultimately, we are all our own best defense. Be aware, vigilant, visible and predictable. 

Please pledge to follow, model and teach these common sense rules of the road – regardless of circumstance, mood, or condition. Review these practices with the young people in your life. In this way, we can prevent more tragedies.

Motorists:

Expect and respect cyclists on the road.
Leave plenty of room when passing cyclists and pedestrians – at least three feet.
Approach crosswalks with extra caution. Expect pedestrians to use crosswalks.
Never use a cell phone or other device while driving. It can wait!
Be prepared for all driving conditions. If it’s sunny, wear sunglasses. If it’s icy, check brakes and tires. Adjust your speed to the conditions, including slowing down to the speed you need for control and visibility in ice, rain, snow, fog and sun.
Never honk at cyclists.
Be attentive and focused.
Foster a better relationship among all road users by being considerate, friendly, and polite.

Pedestrians:

Pay attention. Make eye contact.
Don’t use your cell phone while crossing the street and avoid dulling your perceptions with headphones.
Look up and make eye contact with drivers.
Do not assume that cars will stop even when you are in the crosswalk.
Enter the street only once you are certain that the car is stopping.
Foster a better relationship among all road users by being considerate, friendly, and polite.

Cyclists:

Follow the rules of the road. Always ride in the SAME direction as traffic.
Ride on the right side of the road as far to the right as practical and safe.
Do NOT ride in the door zone. Check cars as you approach them to avoid any possibility of being hit by a suddenly opening door.
Ride single file when on narrow, curvy, and busy roads.
Be as visible as possible to traffic – wear reflective gear and proper lighting in the dark.
Communicate with the drivers on the road – use hand signals.
Make eye contact whenever possible before turning or crossing in busy traffic.
Understand and obey the laws regarding stopping and yielding at stop lights and stop signs, which are, in Rhode Island, the same for cyclists as for motorists.
Wear a helmet on every ride, not just in group rides and races.
Foster a better relationship among all road users by being considerate, friendly, and polite.

Bike Newport is working with all stakeholders to make every effort to improve the safety and education of all road users. Both Deanna Casey (Board Chair) and Bari George (Executive Director) sit on the newly formed Newport Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission. Additionally, Bike Newport works closely with the Highway Safety Program of the RI Department of Transportation on the statewide Vulnerable Road User Safety Action Plan currently in progress. This statewide project uses Newport as the model and pilot for statewide recommendations.

We welcome your comments, suggestions, and participation as we work to improve both the frequency and safety of cycling – and walking – in Newport. All are invited to attend our monthly Community Meeting, which takes place from 8:00 – 9:00 am in our office at 435 Thames St. on the second Tuesday of each month.

Please also remember that we offer FREE Smart Cycling workshops to any group of 8 or more – tailored to all ages and abilities. For more information, please contact Bike Newport at (401) 619-4900; or email info@bikenewportri.org.

Look both ways before crossing. Ride safe. Ride happy. Ride!

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