Every March, while the roads are still slick with wintry mix and our dreams of warm, oceanside rides are so strong we can taste the salty breeze, Bike Newport throws a mid-winter bike party and raises funds for one exciting new initiative. With the help of our wonderful community partners and dedicated volunteers, Bike Newport Night is a fun-filled evening of great food, live entertainment, raffles and a super silent auction – all in the name of more and better biking!
In 2012, Bike Newport Night funded the training of our League Certified Instructors, the expert local cyclists who teach our FREE Smart Cycling workshops. (Want to schedule a class? Gather a group of 8+ and call us at (401) 619-4900 or email us).
In 2013, Bike Newport Night funded Night Bright – the purchase and distribution of night safety equipment for our bicycle-dependent workers. We keep busy installing lights on bikes; reviewing the Rules of the Road; and giving out helmets, locks, bells, and reflective vests. It’s all about being visible and predictable.
THIS YEAR, Bike Newport Night is going to RACK ‘EM UP!
Don’t miss the party – Wednesday, March 19th, 6-9pm, hosted by our friends at Midtown Oyster Bar, and with the help of Common Fence Music – Rad entertainment by Pier Jump and Los Duderinos! Feel the burn with RIBike‘s VeloSprint Racing! Delicious appetizers provided by Midtown! A host of fun raffles and the best mid-winter silent auction in town. Admission is $10.
The best part? Every penny raised will fund BIKE RACKS – you KNOW Newport needs them! We’re inviting folks on bikes to visit our City by the Sea, but we need to ratchet up the bike parking options for when they arrive.
Point proven at the Folk and Jazz Festivals when we park 500-900 bikes/day. We’ve done a remarkable job getting pedestrian barricades to serve double duty as bike racks, but the time has come for proper event racks. We intend to raise enough money to support 1,000 bikes, but will buy as many racks as the funds we raise allow. Help us make it happen!
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE A RAFFLE/AUCTION ITEM
Please help support more and better bicycling by contributing a raffle prize or silent auction item. Contributions will be recognized:
- On oversized posters at the event
- On the Bike Newport website and social media pages
- In media outreach
- In event emails to members and supporters
Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to arrange your donation online. Or, print out the BNN 2014 Request Form and return it to us at 435 Thames St, Newport. If you have any questions, call us at (401) 619-4900 or email us.
RSVP on Facebook, where we’ll be posting more about the event as details roll in.