This year you helped us with these fun numbers: 5000+ bikes parked at Newport Folk Festival 1300 Visits to our Bike Garage 428 bikes restored and distributed in the community 300 sets of helmets, lights and bells distributed 38 Ladies Nights participants 7 Beginner Cyclist Classes 3 Basic Instructor courses 2 40ft containers purchases and sited for the Bike Barn 1st Statewide Bike Mobility Plan … and a partridge in a pear tree. (OK, well not that part, but you get the idea!) We’re on the last lap of our financial kickstart into the new year where your donation will be matched 100%! We’re almost there. Can you give us the last push to our $50,000 goal? Together, we can keep cranking. All donations are DOUBLED! Thank you to all who make progress possible. The post We’re on the last lap and we’re almost there! appeared first on Bike Newport.
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:
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
Thanks to all who helped make 2013 a banner year for Bike Newport! Stop by our office at 435 Thames Street to learn more about what’s coming in 2014 as we continue on the road to “more and better”: more bike education, better road markings, more bike racks, better road sharing behaviors, more lights on night riders, better reporting of bike/car encounters, more “Park ‘n Bike” opportunities, better enforcement on the roads, more bicycle rides and events, better support for biking to school, more bike friendly businesses, and better engagement of city cyclists! We intend to put the traction we’re gaining to work for us. So here’s to 2014! May it be a year of great rides and more riders.
Here are some highlights from 2013:
Help us turn $25,000 into $50,000!
Yesterday (yes, Giving Tuesday) we received a wonderful and most generous gift from a very special anonymous donor – but we need YOUR help to collect on it! Here’s our donor’s message to you:
“Contribute to Bike Newport – between now and December 31st – and I will match every dollar donated, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000!”
Now is a GREAT time to give to Bike Newport. Celebrate and support Bike Friendly initiatives in and around Newport – and DOUBLE the value of your tax-deductible donation! (Yikes – we sound like our friends at NPR!)
This is a very important request. With your help, we can meet this challenge – your generous contribution will sustain this organization and support more of the advocacy, programs and partnerships that helped Newport to become the first Bicycle Friendly Community in Rhode Island. And your dollars will support the next steps of youth and community education, road sharing awareness and enforcement, safety equipment distribution, roads and routes improvements, community engagement, park ‘n bike locations, signage, encouraging of bicycle tourism, and much more – all in the best interest of the health and well-being of Newport’s youth, families, residents, visitors, overall quality of life – and economy.
How to make your tax-deductible donation: Before December 31st!
- Donate online. Your donation will be made to “Network For Good” and then paid to SVPRI for Bike Newport. A 3% fee will be deducted from your contribution.
- Send a check: payable to Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island – Bike Newport to SVPRI, 460 Harris Ave. Unit 303, Providence, RI 02909.
- Call Bari George, Executive Director of Bike Newport, at (401) 619-4900, to discuss any questions you have about major gifts.
Your name will be included in a special New Year’s Message of Thanks to all of our December 2013 donors, and will start our 2014 Wall of Support. (Please let us know if you prefer not to be listed.)
Please contact us with any questions, suggestions, and ideas to help us achieve this exciting goal. And do pass on this message to others who will want to be part of this successful campaign.
THANK YOU for your support.
Note: Bike Newport is a fiscally-sponsored domestic nonprofit registered in the State of RI. Social Venture Partners RI is the 501c3 tax-exempt Fiscal Sponsor of Bike Newport. 100% of your donation will support Bike Newport programs and is fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Additional information and resources about Bike Newport:
Bike Newport Web Site
Bike Newport: What We Do
Bike Newport In the News
Newport Daily News Report on Bicycle Friendly Community Award 11/21/13
Program: Bicycle Friendly Community Award Celebration 11/20/13
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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Autumn is fast approaching, and with it the back-to-school rush. Organizations and companies all over the country will relinquish the talents and hard work of their interns, and Bike Newport is no exception. You may have seen these two young men about town at our various events and rides. We could not have executed our programming this summer without Rob Dowler, 17, and Kyler Dillon, 16.
Both Rob and Kyler got their start as bike mechanics two years ago at the Bike Garage at the East Bay MET School, where they’ll be juniors this fall. They both credit the MET’s Community Learning Specialist and Bike Newport Board Member Steve Heath with enticing them into learning how to fix bikes.
“I always liked bikes,” Rob says. “I just didn’t know much about them– how they work or how they’re built. I had limited knowledge.”
Kyler agrees, saying he didn’t know much before, but now: “I just like working on the bikes themselves. I ride everywhere so it’s not a chore, it’s enjoyable.”
Both guys say they like to work with their hands and fix things in general. Rob interned with a commercial retail boat repair company his sophomore year, while Kyler takes apart and fixes computers. Now however, they prefer bikes.
When asked about their favorite event of the summer, Rob and Kyler immediately respond that working at the Folk Festival giving tune-ups and helping to park the nearly 2,000 bikes that swarmed Newport that weekend was the highlight of their summer internship. “It was a bit of a grind,” Rob says, “but totally worth it.”
The paid internships are funded by the East Bay Community Action Project’s Summer Jobs Program spearheaded by Steve Dolce. Mark Chesterton, Bike Newport’s Director of Youth Programs, has been directly supervising Rob and Kyler since he was hired in March. He says, “We are so fortunate to be able to secure funds to employ youth in such meaningful, fun and community-minded work.”
Although they’ll have to devote the majority of their time to being high school students, Rob and Kyler will still help Bike Newport out at various after-school programs and events. We thank them so much for their hard work! You guys rock!
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