Whether you’re walking, riding or driving, follow these simple rules of the road.
Newport is a very busy summer destination.
be aware of both drivers unfamiliar with local roads, and locals impatient with visiting drivers
Pay attention to all road users.
cars, buses, bikes, pedestrians
Stop, Look & Wave.
at at all crossings and crosswalks. Visit RIwaves.org
No Bikes on the Bridges.
Bicycles are not permitted on the Newport and Jamestown Bridges
Observe all road signs and signals.
Follow one-way signs and stop at stop signs and lights.
Ride on the road, not on the sidewalk.
Bike in the same direction as car traffic, and stay off the sidewalk if you’re 13 years or older.
There are two bike symbols on Newport’s roadways – one for dedicated bike lanes and one for shared lanes:
A narrow, separate lane for bicycles only.
Cyclists are protected in the bike lane, but continue to have a right to the full roadway and will move into the road whenever a hazard exists in the bike lane.
Cars should never be in the bike lane – no driving, stopping, standing or parking. Motorists must cross the bike lane with extreme caution.
Shared lane or Sharrow
This travel lane is marked for shared use by cars and bicycles.
Cyclists should ride toward the right side of the lane when possible, but will ride in the center of the lane to avoid car doors and other hazards, when preparing to turn left, and to prevent a car from passing too closely.
Passing a Cyclist
Passing: Rhode Island state law mandates that a motorist may not pass a cyclist unless there is enough room for the cyclist to fall over sideways into the driving lane and not be hit by the vehicle. This law is written to protect cyclists from serious or fatal injury. Please be
patient and courteous when sharing the road.
Read all Newport and Rhode Island’s laws pertaining to bicycles here.