(photo by William Heydt)

DOWNLOAD the Bike to Work Day PDF HERE.

VIEW the 4:00 Community Ride Route HERE.

Newport’s 3rd annual Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 17. We encourage everyone who can to leave the car home and hop in the saddle – it’s fun, healthy, invigorating AND makes us more happy and productive. Give it a try and see what you think. Maybe it will become a habit. We hope so!

If you live far away, over the bridge, or without access to a safe route into town, then take advantage of our generous and bike-friendly friends at Newport Grand and use the day’s Park n’ Bike lot. Drive to Newport Grand lot, park in the back southwest corner, hop on your bike and onto Halsey Street, and ride the mile into town. You can follow this easy RECOMMENDED ROUTE MAP straight to the Bike Commuter Breakfast. Or use the day to learn how to put your bike on the bus – instructions for RIPTA’s Rack ‘n Ride are HERE.

We’ve got a fun day planned to celebrate cycling for transportation. All activities take place in Washington Square – the historic center of Newport.

6:00-9:00 am Bike Commuter Breakfast – Ride in and meet your friends, neighbors and colleagues for your cuppa joe and other tasty treats. Refreshments provided by Jonathan’s Ocean Coffee Roasters, Empire Tea and Coffee, A Market and more.

3:00 pm Come back to the Square at 3:00 for the afternoon.  We’ll release the brand new bigger and better Newport Bike Map, announce the Bike Friendly Business of the Year, and more – at the Bike to Work Day Press Conference in front of the Courthouse.

3:30 pm  Bike decorating for young and old – Rediscover playing cards and clothespins!

4:00 pm Community Bike Ride around Newport. About six miles.The highlight of Bike to Work Day – last year we were 70 – help us to top 100 this year! View the Community Ride route map HERE.

5:00-6:30 pm  Bike Fair! Delicious refreshments from Genie’s and Empire, fabulous entertainment by Officer Jimmy Winters and Friends, bike-friendly fare, and the chance to register all those bikes with the City. Plus make-your-own-pedal-powered smoothies!

Spread the word. Tell your friends, encourage your colleagues. Click here to join the event on Facebook and show your support! And check back for updates.