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28

Nov

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. From:  Gears and Beers 2018

28

Nov

The post below first appeared on the Bike Newport blog. Original source: Wrench and Polish Nights

23

Mar

Join the BIKE NEWPORT TEAM at the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover

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.

06

Apr

We’re Raising a Bike Barn at 29 Spring Street

Butch Murray is the owner of the Fastnet Pub, and the adjacent property that formerly housed Jey’s Detailing. Recently, Murray pulled a page from the Generosity Handbook when he agreed to provide the space to Bike Newport – to bring bike culture to the heart and flow of Newport for the coming season.

“I hadn’t yet decided what to do with the building, and it’s a shame to keep it empty while I consider the options. We’re coming on the best time of year to be outside and enjoy Newport, so Bike Newport’s proposition made sense. I’ve been a supporter of Bike Newport since they started getting more people on bikes – if 29 Spring Street can be part of that progress, so be it!”

Bike Newport’s proposition? To move our administrative offices side-by-side with our Bike Garage activities, and put it all in easy reach of the folks who can benefit from the repair and distribution of donated bicycles.

Our occupancy at the City’s 437 Broadway property is coming to an end, but 29 Spring Street’s offices and two garage bays could be the silver lining. Because, Butch Murray, the community-minded property owner is welcoming us for the short term.

At the Bike Barn, the people of Newport, with the help of resident mechanics, will build or fix a bike of their choosing. The bikes, collected from community donations, recycling days, and abandonment, are triaged for restoration or stripped for parts. In the process, we’re keeping usable bikes and parts out of the waste stream, and making a fleet of bikes available to new owners. To date, we have collected, restored and distributed more than 100 bikes, and there are plenty more where those came from.

Henri Venable, our new Manager of Educational Program is modeling the Bike Barn on the Community Bike Project in Bloomington, IN, where he worked prior to coming to Newport. “Ultimately, everyone who wants a bike will have one, regardless of financial constraints,” explains Henri, “That’s our goal.” In addition, residents will be able to use the Barn’s tools and used parts to fix their own bikes, and basic maintenance classes will help all cyclists to know how to change tires, replace their chains and get out of the typical pickles that need not derail a delightful Ocean Loop bike ride or an easy jaunt to the grocery store.

The Bike Barn is not is a bike repair shop. If you’re looking for a place to drop your bike, consider one of the bike retailers in town. If you’re looking to get a little greasy yourself, we’re your place. Tom Kearns, owner of Ten Speed Spokes, shares, “Our mechanics enjoy helping community members to restore bikes with Bike Newport, while we repair bikes and sell new bikes and components at the shop. The rising tide of biking is raising all boats!” Yes, indeed, the more people on bikes, the better for all of our community bike businesses.

How will we build The Bike Barn? – with a Barn Raising, of course. Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA) of Washington Square are helping us to plan and design the space – also a generous contribution of talent. From April 11th to 29th, Bike Newport staff and supportive volunteers will spend afternoons and evenings cleaning, repairing, and painting. By May 1st, Bike Newport and the Bike Barn will be open for business.

Glen Gardiner, principal at NCA, saw the promise of this location from the first suggestion, “Newport is ready for a healthy dose of bike culture. This matchup of space, generosity, and vision, the partnerships in the historic center of town honors this city’s passion and promise to improve and encourage bicycling. NCA is thrilled to help make it happen.”

For those who enjoy the bike building and repair programs at the Bike Garage at Rogers, and the Bike Library at the Florence Gray Center – those programs will continue as well. Look for notices about wheel building, internal hub construction, and more, and remind your kids that the Bike Library is open for action every Saturday from 9:30am-12:30pm, with more hours to come. Check out bikenewportri.org/ bike-garage for the full list of locations and programs, and the local retail resources for new bikes and components.

Any and all help is appreciated as Bike Newport Raises the Barn – every day from April 11th to April 29th from 3pm to 8pm with food and fun provided, and always the chance to toast Butch at the Fastnet afterwards. Community service hours are available to students and employees.

Please email your availability, your group interest, and your questions to henri@bikenewportri.org. Look for the event Raise the Bike Barn on Facebook.

Every step of the bicycle renaissance in Newport has been thanks to generosity, partnership, collaboration, and vision among planners, advocates, preservationists, and businesses. In addition to Butch Murray and NCA, we thank the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, the FH Prince Memorial Fund, RIDOT Highway Safety Program, the RI Department of Health, the 1772 Foundation, Senate President Paiva Weed, Rep Lauren Carson, the City of Newport, and the countless businesses and individuals who support the advance of bicycle friendly culture. 

Photo: Thanks to the generosity of owner Butch Murray, and the help of Northeast Collaborative Architects, we’re moving to 29 Spring Street. (l-r) Henri Venable, Glenn Gardiner, Jeff Moniz, Butch Murray, Bari Freeman, and Mary Ellen Lynch.

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28

Dec

Christmas on Wheels!

Christmas came on wheels this year for Newporter Niko Merritt and her children, Jayden, Ian, and Gianna.  When they arrived at Bike Newport HQ on Tuesday the 23rd, there were four brand new bikes waiting – and helmets and locks – thanks to the generosity of the Newport Run and Chug Club and partygoers at their annual holiday party, and with the help of Newport Bicycle.

Every year, the Run and Chug hosts a party where they celebrate the season and raise money for a special gift in the community. This year, they decided to surprise a deserving family with a set of new bikes. 

Jeff Heimiller, the president of the group called Bike Newport to ask if we knew a family that would enjoy a set of bikes, and we said “Oh boy, do we.”

Niko is a dedicated and thoughtful member of the community. When she’s not busy with her kids or working at Baby Steps at the Florence Gray Center, she’s giving her time to other women and families in the community. She also serves as a resident consultant to the Education and Economic Opportunity committees of the Newport HEZ project – standing for Health Equity Zones – run by Newport’s Women’s Resource Center.

Since last year, Niko has planned to earn bikes for her family at Bike Newport’s Bike Garage, but her busy schedule made it difficult. When Jeff asked for a suggestion, it was obvious. We’re happy to see this gift go to Niko and her kids; and we’re grateful to Jeff and the Run and Chug Club for their generosity and delightful community spirit.

Huge thanks to the Run and Chug Club – who also generously contributed to Bike Newport, so we can continue to collect, restore, and distribute bikes throughout the community.

From Niko and the Bike Newport family to you and yours –  wishes for bike happiness in the new year!

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17

Apr

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 for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover. Along with local environmental organizations Sailors for the Sea, 11th Hour Racing, Representative Lauren H. Carson, RI-DEM, Fort Adams Trust, Clean Ocean Access, Sail Newport, Newport Biodiesel and the stopover’s sponsor SCA, 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. Join the Green Team at the Volvo Ocean Race!

All volunteers for the whole shebang have to register through the Sail Newport volunteer portal. Please do so! There, you can sign up for the Green Team individual tasks, which are:

Waste Educator: To minimize the waste we send to the landfill, we need to ensure spectators use the right bin. Waste Educators will use this opportunity to inform spectators about proper waste management and how waste management can eliminate the need for landfills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and other big benefits.
Bicycle Greeter: Provide bike maps, assistance with parking, and other helpful resources to attendees and those arriving on two wheels.
Educational Signage: Ensure informative environmental signage is in place, engage spectators on the sustainability efforts and inform spectators on proper sustainability practices.
Sustainability Exhibit: Educate and engage VOR spectators on the sustainability efforts underway at the Newport stopover at the Exploration Zone.

Once in the volunteer portal, you can also choose the times and dates to volunteer that work best with your schedule. Commit to three shifts between May 5-17 and get a Green Team t-shirt!

Please help us spread the word – get your friends, family, roommates, and coworkers in on the sustainability action. Feel free to use the graphic below to post on your social media channels, and direct people to the sign up at the volunteer portal.

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25

Mar

“Rack ‘em Up” Wrap Up!
Grand Prize winner Hootie Fogg and Tom Kearns, Ten Speed Spokes owner and Grand Prize donor. HUGE thanks to Tom for the beautiful Specialized Crossroads.

WOW was that a great party! 

Rack ‘em Up was a huge success – more than 200 bike lovers celebrated to the tunes of Pier Jump and Los Duderinos with the help of Common Fence Music in the fabulous venue of our uber host-with-the-most Midtown Oyster Bar. Awards were won, songs were sung, oysters were devoured, videos played and racing hearts pumped (for real!). We welcomed many new Bike Newport members, sold a slew of rad merchandise, and had a blast on RI Bike’s VeloSprints! In addition to all the fun we had, we raised about $4,500 – an amazing start to our campaign to purchase portable parking for 1,000 bikes.

Wow, what a time. We thank everyone for coming out to eat, dance, drink, and bid in support of BIKE RACKS. We love our cycling community! 

Check out some photos from the event, by Tyson Bottenus:










THANKS! to all our wonderful volunteers who made the night a success: Allison McNally, Laura Murphy, Deanna Casey, Lori Bates, Pat Clayton, Alec Boyle, Matt Newton, Amanda Ward, Tyson Bottenus, Tim Leary, Sarah Leary, Matt Moritz, and Betty Bourret.

And THANKS! to all the local businesses, organizations and individuals who donated to our  raffles and silent auction.  Be sure to frequent our donors’ businesses and show the Bike Love!

A4 Architecture
A Market
Alexander Nesbitt Photography
Angela Moore Jewelry
Angel Hair & Nails
Architectural Forum
Tara Brennan
Brick Alley Pub
Cabbage Rose
Common Fence Music
Constellation Brands
Robert Davidson
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum 
Farmaesthetics
Firehouse Theater
Green Valley Country Club
Greenvale Vineyards
Hotel Viking
Humble Pie Company
Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center
Julie Basil Pierce Massage Therapy
Meg Heriot Photography
Midtown Oyster Bar
Laura Murphy
Narragansett Brewing Company
Newport Art Museum
Newport Bicycle
The Newport Experience
newportFILM
Newport Folk Festival
Newport Pedicab
Newport Yachting Center & Marina
Norman Bird Sanctuary
Pandhandler’s
Patagonia on Thames
Pedal Power
Pleasant Surprise
Preservation Society of Newport County
Pulse Newport
Peter Razza
REI
Renaissance Fitness
Sail Newport
Sailors for the Sea
Salvation Cafe
Sea Angel Salon
Secret Garden Tours
Annie Sherman
Starbucks
Sustainable Aquidneck
Ten Speed Spokes
Touro Synagogue
Tennis Hall of Fame
Twin Oaks Restaurant
Wag Nation

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11

Mar

Exciting RACK ‘em UP donations are rolling in…
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.

“Join” and spread the word here. Want to help out or donate an item? Email or call (401) 619-4900

Thanks to all the generous local businesses who are helping make Rack ‘Em Up an event to remember!

Angela Moore Jewelry
Angel Hair & Nails
Tara Brennan
Cabbage Rose
Common Fence Music
Constellation Brands
Robert Davidson
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum 
Farmaesthetics
Green Valley Country Club
Humble Pie
Midtown Oyster Bar
Newport Art Museum
The Newport Experience
newportFILM
Newport Pedicab
Newport Yachting Center & Marina
Norman Bird Sanctuary
Patagonia
Pleasant Surprise
Preservation Society of Newport County
Pulse Newport
Peter Razza
REI
Renaissance Fitness
Sail Newport
Sailors for the Sea
Sea Angel Salon
Ten Speed Spokes
Touro Synagogue
Tennis Hall of Fame

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03

Sep

Night Bright Safe Cycling Initiative

It’s 5:30 p.m. on a weekday summer evening on Broadway, and the sidewalk in front of Leo’s Market is bustling with bikes and bike paraphernalia. Boxes of helmets, locks, lights, reflective vests, and bells line the popular storefront where, according to owner Juan Campos, 80% of the clientele arrive by bike. The swishing of tire pumps, jangling of bells, and laughter of cobbled Spanglish fills the air as bicycles in all manners of style and function get outfitted for safe night riding.

This is Night Bright – an initiative of local advocacy organization, Bike Newport. The organization aims to make nighttime bike commuting safer for both cyclists and cars. “When an invisible cyclist suddenly appears, it’s a pretty scary encounter for both the cyclist and the motorist,” says Bari George, Bike Newport’s Executive Director. “We’re always encouraging cyclists to have equipment to see and be seen at night.”

Not only is it safer to have lights on your bike, it’s also the law. A Newport city ordinance requires a bicycle operating at night to have a white lamp on the front and a red reflector on the back. The problem is, not everyone can afford the equipment. That’s where the annual Bike Newport Night fundraiser came in – when local cycling supporters gathered for a mid-winter party at Thames Street’s SpeakEasy and raised the needed funds. Generous donations from NewportFed and the RIDOT Highway Safety Program will make even more equipment possible – up to 300 sets in total. Each set includes a helmet, front light, rear light, reflective vest, bell, lock, and vital “Rules of the Road” information cards.

Tom Kearns, owner of Ten Speed Spokes, supplied the lights at cost. He emphasizes the importance of proper lighting and reflection, no matter what the weather.

Kearns says, “Lights are important no matter what. As much as you think you’re in a bike lane, the guy in the car might not realize it. You can’t think you’re in this cone of protection – you have to be aware of your surroundings all the time. Always ride on the defensive.”

For the bicycle-dependent workers of Newport, Night Bright is supplying that crucial defense. Tonight is the second week of the distribution at Leo’s, and it’s going superbly. Bike Newport staff and volunteers install the lights and bells, make sure helmets fit properly, and hand out Rules of the Road cards printed in both English and Spanish. There are many familiar faces from last week – riders whose bikes were already outfitted bring a spare, bring the bike of a friend or relative, or just come to hang out and chat. Julio, who works in the kitchen at the Viking Hotel, was here last week. He stops at Leo’s after his day shift atop a shiny black mountain bike. He says the lights he received “have been great for riding home.”

The vast majority of the cyclists are men who, like Julio, work in the hospitality or restaurant industries. Yolando, who’s employed at 41° North, says he “loves riding home from work” after a long shift. Like all service industry jobs, the busy night shifts don’t get out until around midnight or later, making for a dangerous ride home.

Campos smiles as he dons a bright yellow Night Bright reflective safety vest. Safety is a big concern for him. “Last year alone, there were several accidents,” he says. “Not major accidents, but they ended up in the hospital. Wear a helmet, because it’ll save your life.”


While adjusting the elastic straps on a cyclist’s helmet, George says, “It’s been exciting to see this dream turn real. And the support of the bike shops makes it happen. It’s a really fine indication of what we can do together as a community. Hopefully we’re modeling it for other communities as well – let’s just get people lit! If you know there’s a problem, deal with it, address it, and make it better.”

Night Bright will continue throughout the fall at Leo’s Market, neighborhood churches, and places of employment. Suggestions from the public for distribution locations and times are welcome and may be emailed, along with requests for more information, to info@bikenewportri.org.

George stresses that Night Bright is a reminder that every rider needs to be visible at night. Bike Newport urges all cyclists to be safe, smart, and legal by riding with lights, bell, helmet, and reflective apparel. Local suppliers include Ten Speed Spokes and Newport Bicycle in Newport, and Pedal Power in Middletown. See and be seen!

 

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