BIKE to the Folk and Jazz Fests


Here’s how to do it …

Happiness is ditching the car, enjoying the ride and skipping the traffic and parking hassles.

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.

Thank you to the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals for being BIKE FRIENDLY EVENTS!


Feel free to park anywhere parking is permitted – be sure to check signs for restrictions –  or you can head straight to a dedicated “Park n’ Bike” lot. FREE parking and a sweet 5-mile ride to Fort Adams.

NEWPORT Park n’ Bike

Map location of Newport Grand

Bicycle Route from Newport Grand to Fort Adams

Driving directions to Newport Grand 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.) Newport Grand is at the base of the exit ramp, directly across the road. Head straight to the rear (southwest corner) of the parking lot. Pick up turn-by-turn directions to Fort Adams and also look for the yellow cyclist road signs along the way.


Map location of Aquidneck School

Bicycle Route from Aquidneck School to Fort Adams

Driving directions to Aquidneck School parking lot from East Main Road in Middletown:  Take Aquidneck Avenue (Rte 138A) 2.1 miles south to the Aquidneck School, on your left. Pick up turn-by-turn directions to Fort Adams and also look for the yellow cyclist road signs along the way.


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 your lights!! You’ll likely be heading home in the dark. 

Bike Newport Signs square copy

From Downtown Newport




Other Area Bike Maps

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. Bike Newport volunteers 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.

Photo credit: Brian Lima


BIKE POWER! Cell phone charging – Folk Festival Only


We’ve got the answer to keeping your cell phone charged at the Festivals – just pop over to the Bike Power tent! Donate 5-10 minutes of pedal power to the communal generator and you can top off your cell phone while you’re at it.  Brought to you by People’s Credit Union and Tretorn.  A special thanks to Newport Bicycle for supplying the generator bike!


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!


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