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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The second annual Bike Newport Night is just around the corner – Wednesday, March 20, 6-9pm at SpeakEasy, 250 Thames Street in Newport. Food by SpeakEasy, music by Anthony Road, and plenty of product to inspire bright nights and help us fund Night Bright – the initiative to distribute night equipment and information to our bicycle-dependent workers.
Thanks to our numerous contributors – raffle donations are rolling in!
If you’d like to add to the collection, let us know – (401) 619-4900, firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
RAFFLES and SILENT AUCTION Contributions
Touro Synagogue visitor passes
Old Colony Railway train ride
Newport Historical Society visitor passes
Newport Mansions annual membership
Preservation Society Store gift bag
Private Trainer Session
Vickers Liquors – 2 bottles of tequila
Ace Hardware – bird feeder and food
Wag Nation merchandise
Stop & Shop gift card
Thames Glass glass blowing lesson
Life is Good merchandise
Pleasant Surprise merchandise
Pulse Fitness 5 class card
Newport Pickers merchandise
Firehouse Theater – 10 tickets
Pedal Power – (1) tune up (2) $25 gift certificates
Common Fence Music – 2 tix to 2 concerts
Raleigh Mens Bike – thanks to Bike Newport Friend George Simone
Brooks Brothers Books – thanks to Bike Newport Friend Mark Simmons
Team One Newport – merchandise
The Bike Stop Cafe, Narragansett – gift certificate
Jonesing for ice-free roads?
Come in from the cold for a mid-winter bike fix!
DOUBLE FEATURE BIKE NIGHT AT THE JPT: Thursday 2/28
Jane Pickens Theater – 49 Touro Street – historic Washington Square, Newport, RI
Proceeds benefit BIKE NEWPORT and the JANE PICKENS THEATER
“The Triplets of Belleville” and “Race Across America”
6:00 Doors Open – Bike Night in Lobby
6:30 Triplets of Belleville
8:00 Race Across America
$10 – advance tix at Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, or online at www.janepickens.com
About Triplets of Belleville (2003 / 81mins) French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet directs the animated feature The Triplets of Belleville. A young boy is raised by his grandmother, Madame Souza, in the French countryside. She buys him a bicycle and encourages his dream of winning the Tour de France. However, he gets kidnapped by a group of Mafia gangsters and taken to the big city of Belleville, where he is used for his bicycling prowess in an elaborate gambling scheme. Along with her faithful companion Bruno, Madame Souza sets out to rescue her grandson. They befriend a trio of aging musicians who were once the ’30s jazz trio known as The Triplets of Belleville.
About Race Across America (2005 / 104mins) The goal is to pedal a bicycle 3000 miles across the country in just ten days. It is a journey unlike any other, filled with daunting obstacles both physical and mental, and one that attracts a special breed of competitor. The brave souls who accept the challenge must find and crush their physical, emotional, and spiritual limits, or risk being left broken and humbled somewhere on the roads of America. And while many will fall, those that reach the finish line will achieve a seemingly impossible dream: to confront their fears and conquer the Race Across America.
IN THE NEWS
More and better youth programs: Thanks to generous funding by the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund at Newport Hospital and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, we’ll be able to expand the youth programs of the Bike Garage – teaching bicycle skills and maintenance to many more youth and establishing more programs in the vicinity of the Florence Gray Center.
We’re hiring: See our listing for a Youth Program Coordinator HERE. Applications accepted through Friday, 2/15. A great job for the right person!
“Night Bright” safer cycling initiative: Are you an employer with night cycling employees? We’re gearing up to come to places of business to install lights and distribute night safety kits to help your employees improve their safety and visibility. If you’re an employer, EMAIL US for more information. If you’d like to help with distribution and installation of lights, come to the Community Meeting on 2/12, listed below.
HOLD THESE DATES
Tuesdays Feb. 5 & 17, 8am: ROADS AND ROUTES COMMITTEE MEETINGS: Bike Newport Office, 2nd floor Seamen’s Church Institute. Help finalize plans for the print and online versions of the 3rd edition Newport Bike Map.
Wednesday Feb. 6, 7pm: “REVEAL THE PATH” movie screening at the Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, Providence, to benefit RI Bicycle Coalition
Monday Feb. 11, 6pm: RI BICYCLE COALITION monthly advocacy meeting, Brown University Bookstore, Providence. Join this open meeting and get involved in statewide bicycle advocacy.
Tuesday Feb. 12, 8am: MONTHLY COMMUNITY MEETING at Bike Newport Office, 2nd floor Seamen’s Church Institute. Topic: Planning for Bike Newport Night, 3/20. Join us to help make the second annual Bike Newport Night a success. Work with local businesses and employers to promote safe night cycling and distribute night safety equipment to our city’s bicycle commuting workers.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 10am to 12noon: PORTSMOUTH GROUP RIDE Join the Roads and Routes Committee to explore the northern end of the island. Be prepared to start, stop and chat along the way. Meet at Clements Market. Depart at 10am sharp.
Thursday – Saturday Feb. 21-23, 6-9pm: WINTERFEST ILLUMINATED GARDEN AT BALLARD PARK Watch for Bike Newport’s pedal-powered generators powering a choice installation – made possible by our friends at People’s Credit Union.
Thursday, Feb. 28, 7pm: “BICYCLE MOVIES” screening at Jane Pickens Theatre. 22 fabulous film shorts from around the world, hand picked by the director of Bicycle Dreams. Proceeds will benefit Bike Newport and the JPT Digital Film Fund. Doors open at 6pm, screening at 7pm.
Wednesday March 20, 6-9pm: BIKE NEWPORT NIGHT AT SPEAKEASY, 250 Thames Street. Fab food by SpeakEasy. Mad music by Anthony Road, musicians of Common Fence Music. Rad raffles and silent auction items. A night not to miss!
Wow – 2012 has been an exciting year for bicycling enthusiasts in and around Newport and across Aquidneck Island. The dedication, generosity and resolve of Bike Newport’s numerous volunteers and partners guided our organization through a remarkable year of accomplishments, and we’re holding our traction to gain momentum in 2013. In the best interest of our kids and our families, our historic preservation, our tourism economy and a sustainable future – we look forward to MORE and BETTER cycling for transportation and recreation.
As we say goodbye to 2012 and look at our road ahead, please consider a year-end gift to Bike Newport. Your tax-deductible contribution will be received through our fiscal sponsor, Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island, and will help us to deliver on our mission to improve and encourage bicycling for our youth, families and visitors. Our goal, simply put, is more people on bikes! to experience the freedom and joy of cycling, and to contribute to preserving the beauty and history of the Newport area. You candonate here. Thank you!
Thanks to the collaboration of city, schools, police, businesses and planners, we’re making steady progress toward improving cycling and safer sharing of the roads.
Looking Back – some highlights of 2012:
Newport City Council passed a resolution to work with Bike Newport to become a certified Bicycle Friendly Community.
A full day of Bike to Work Day activities took place in Washington Square, Newport’s historic city center.
10,000 copies of the second edition Newport Bicycle Map were scooped up by residents and visitors.
12 Bike Newport representatives became trained and certified Smart Cycling Instructors.
The Bike Garage became a place for local kids to learn bike skills and maintenance and get outside and on their bikes after school.
Up to 600 bicyclists/day rode to the summer festivals at Fort Adams, guided by Bike Newport’s online and mobile apps and greeted by Bike Newport’s bike valets.
A generous startup grant from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation made it possible for Bike Newport to hire full-time staff and move into an office at Seamen’s Church Institute.
RIDOT and the Federal Highway Administration held a joint workshop in Newport to consider a Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.
RIDOT completed and Bike Newport dedicated the first bike lane on Aquidneck Island on Memorial Blvd in Newport – with more to come!
Pedal-powered “Jingle Bikes” debuted at Bowens Wharf!
2013 Already In Progress:
Bike Newport and Aquidneck Island Planning Commission are partnering on moving the Shoreline Bikeway and the Interim Shoreline Bikeway forward.
The Bicycle Friendly Community application process is underway.
The 2013 edition of the Newport Bicycle Map is set to include all of Aquidneck Island.
A newly established Roads and Routes Committee will consider island-wide recommendations.
Free bike skills, safety and road sharing classes are planned for Aquidneck Island cyclists and motorists.
The Bike Garage site and programs will expand to reach more youth.
Online and mobile cycling information and encouragement is improving.
Dedicated “Park & Bike” locations and support for summer events is planned.
and we’ll have our bike-generated power stations at numerous area events.
Many thanks to our numerous supporters, including but not limited to:
AARP of Rhode Island, Benzak Foundation, Discover Newport, EJMP Fund for Philanthropy, The Kaminitz Family, Narragansett Bay Wheelmen, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Newport Fed, Newport Bicycle, Newport Running Club, Newport This Week, People’s Credit Union, Preservation Society of Newport County, van Beuren Charitable Foundation
And many thanks to YOU for your continued support and participation. Wishing you happiness, good health and an abundance of joy rides in the new year!
From the staff and board of Bike Newport:
Bari George, Deanna Casey, Steve Heath, Brian Hennessey, Christina Erwin, Tina Dolen, Jimmy Flynn, Laura Murphy, Allison McNally and Casey Farley
News from AIPC:
Advancing an Interim Bikeway Plan
While support is gathering for the planning, funding and building of a Shoreline Bikeway on Aquidneck Island, the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) is advancing an interim plan that addresses roads and routes to carry cyclists more safely the full length of the Island – as an immediate step in advance of the Bikeway.
Based on recommendations made in the 2011 Aquidneck Island Transportation Study, the interim Island bike route is a combination of bike lanes and off-road bike paths comprising 18 miles of safer cycling from Portsmouth to Easton’s Beach in Newport.
Read the AIPC announcement HERE. See the map and read about the proposed plan in this weekend’s Newport Daily News, or click HERE.
The benefits of the proposed Shoreline Bikeway are numerous and convincing – bringing more people to enjoy the magnificent coastline and all that Aquidneck Island has to offer along a safe and beautiful bike route that connects with the rest of the state’s miles of bike paths. The interim plan is a first step toward the ultimate goal of a “Rail with Trail” Bikeway along the existing rail corridor.
Working to improve conditions for cycling on roads island-wide and creating safer routes for both transportation and recreation are priorities for Bike Newport. We celebrate the steps that AIPC is taking to advance this interim plan. We’re excited and motivated to work with AIPC to make it happen. We also see this Interim Bikeway route as an added incentive to improve a network of marked roads and routes island-wide that will contribute to the ability for more of our residents and visitors to confidently traverse and explore the island on bicycle.
THANK YOU to AIPC Executive Director Tina Dolen and the AIPC for advancing our shared goals: more and better cycling in the best interest of our residents, visitors, environment and economy.
And on that note – Wishing you health, happiness and safe and frequent cycling in the new year! Thanks to all for making 2012 a banner year for bicycling in Newport!
From your friends at Bike Newport
JINGLE BIKES WEATHER UPDATE: Given the rainy weather, Jingle Bikes will sadly NOT be operating tonight (12/17) and possibly not tomorrow night (12/18 – check back for an update. Also, given the drop in temps, we’ll be spinning our Jingle Bikes wheels from 5-7pm nightly. So come on down to Bowen’s Wharf and help us keep tour tree sparkling!!
So, did you catch the fabulous front page story of Jingle Bikes in the Newport Daily News? Great fun at the opening on Saturday night with the wheels set in motion by our own Mayor Harry Winthrop and Councilor Naomi Neville.
Here’s our partner schedule – come by to support all of our local organization friends:
12/20 SVPRI Newport
12/21 Pulse Fitness
12/22 Jane Pickens Theater
12/28 Sustainable Aquidneck
12/29 Common Fence Music
and more to come!
Jingle Bikes wheels are spinning from 5:00-7:00pm nightly. Come on down to Bowen’s Wharf and help us keep the Jingle Bikes Tree sparkling!!
Did you catch the fabulous front page story of Jingle Bikes in the Newport Daily News? Great fun at the opening on Saturday night with the wheels set in motion by our own Mayor Harry Winthrop and Councilor Naomi Neville.
And we just learned that Jingle Bikes made the Providence Business Journal’s “Top 10 Things to Do” list for Christmas week – thanks, PBJ!
Here’s our partner schedule – come by to support all of our local organization friends. More to come! If your organization would like to help out, email email@example.com.
12/20 SVPRI Newport
12/21 Pulse Fitness
12/22 Jane Pickens Theater
12/28 Sustainable Aquidneck
12/29 Common Fence Music
12/30 11th Hour Racing