Elliot’s Ride for Safety and Wellness – A Ride for Everyone!
A Ride for EVERYONE!
ELLIOT’S RIDE for Safety and Wellness
June 11th, 2017, 2:00pm – Brenton Point State Park
Announcing Elliot’s Ride! 2017 is the beginning of a new tradition for the Newport community as the former “Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride” becomes “Elliot’s Ride for Safety and Wellness” – an opportunity for every person of every age and ability to ride together in one of the most beautiful locations in the state – along Newport’s ocean coastline.
Billed as “A Ride For Everyone!”, Elliot’s Ride seeks to bring lots of people together to ride along the ocean. “People who ride there every day and people who’ve never ridden there before,” according to the web site that launched today – www.elliotsride.org.
“We’re going to remove every obstacle to getting there,” shared event coordinator Niko Merritt. “Busses and group rides will help get people to the park; we’ll have skills training for new riders; and you can even earn a bike at Bike Newport if you don’t have one! Our goal is to get lots of folks to Brenton Point to ride along the ocean together – including people like me who had not ridden seaside until recently!”
Elliot’s Ride – a true community experience – is sponsored by BankNewport and the RIDOT Department of Highway Safety, co-produced by Bike Newport and the Newport County YMCA, and hosted by the RI Department of Environmental Management. All came together today at Bike Newport to celebrate the launch of this exciting new community event!
Registration is FREE. There is no fee to participate. “Elliot’s Ride” will raise funds for bike safety education programs through donations and will support joint programs by Bike Newport and the Newport County YMCA. These two organizations work together to help more people choose biking for both transportation and recreation – for health, equity, connectivity, economy, quality of life and quality of place.
BankNewport is the event sponsor and a longtime supporter of activities that enhance personal and family health. “We are very happy to sponsor Elliot’s Ride in the inaugural year. We want to be part of ensuring that every person can enjoy Newport’s natural and historic beauty in a fun, healthy, accessible, and life-enhancing way,” shared Kathy Charbonneau, BankNewport’s Director of Community Relations.
Elliot’s Ride honors Elliot Kaminitz, who lost his life while biking near Easton’s Beach in 2012. His wife, Renee Kaminitz became a board member at Bike Newport and an advocate for safer cycling, “Elliot would so greatly support this event, this movement. He wanted to see more people on bikes while shining a spotlight on the importance of road safety. We hope that everyone will come out for Elliot’s Ride and together we’ll show what’s possible for community health and happiness.”
Participants will ride the short two-mile loop once or many times around, hopping on and off the loop at beautiful Brenton Point State Park for refreshment, music and bicycle activities.
Elliot’s Kid Zone, sponsored by the RIDOT Highway Safety Department, will be on-site at the park. The Kid Zone will feature safe cycling activities for youngsters, including helmet fittings, bike safety checks, and a place to practice their biking skills. Music, yoga, kite flying and other activities will further complement the bike ride and the majestic sea views.
GETTING THERE: People can ride, walk, bus, or drive to the event in Brenton Point. There will be a group ride leaving from Miantonomi Park for more experienced riders to ride the 7 miles to the park together. A dedicated bus will be available to bring people and their bikes to the park. Cyclists completing the 2-day BikeMS Ride the Rhode can catch transport at the URI finish line to join their family and friends at Elliot’s Ride. And ample parking will be available at Brenton Point and For Adams State Parks.
For more information and to register, volunteer, donate, and sponsor, please visit www.elliotsride.org or call Bike Newport at 619-4900.