Did you know that up to 1800 people ride bikes to Newport Folk Festival each day? Wow! That’s the highest percentage of bikes to any music festival in the country!
Join the movement and be part of reducing the stresses of motor vehicles on our beautiful historic and natural landscape – enjoy Newport by bike! Scroll down for routes, maps, Park ‘n Bike lot locations, bike tune up information, and how to volunteer …
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Biking to the Festivals, you can skip the traffic and parking hassles – and talk about premiere parking! When you arrive at Fort Adams, you get to pass the backed up cars and bike all the way to the Lower Lot for the Artists and VIPs – that’s where you’ll find Bike Newport. Our volunteers and mechanics will be on hand to help you park your bike and find your way into the festival. If you’re planning on biking to the festivals this year, here are some guidelines.
- Bring your LIGHTS and HELMET. You’ll likely be leaving after dark; your lights will make you SAFE and VISIBLE.
- You should expect heavier traffic during the Festivals. Ride carefully, follow the bike route signs, pay extra attention to motorists, and give yourself time to get there safely.
- Newport is known for its history and beauty – but not so much for the condition of the roads. Watch for pot holes and ruts!
Thanks to HiRoad for again sponsoring the wayfinding to the Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals!
Basic Bike Route to Fort Adams
Look for Bike Route signs and follow them to Fort Adams! We highly recommend you also check the map links on this page. They all use the app RideWithGPS so you can access them live or upload them to your phone. Happy cycling!
Park ‘n Bike
Coming from out of town? No problem. You can park and leave your car anywhere in Newport where long-term parking is permitted (be sure to check signs for restrictions), or you can head straight to one of our dedicated “Park ‘n Bike” lots – located at the Newport County YMCA and Rogers High School. There is no charge for Park ‘n Bike, though donations to Bike Newport are welcome and encouraged! Your donations will support bike education and road sharing initiatives.
Newport County YMCA
792 Valley Road, Middletown, RI
Available May 1st – September 1st
A big “thank you” goes out to our amazing partners at the Y who make their parking lots available for cycling visitors. This parking location is convenient whether you’re arriving over the Pell the bridge or from the north. There is no charge to park at the Y and spots are first come first served.
- UPDATE – Due to construction, entry to the Y’s parking lots by car and bike can no longer be accessed on Valley Road. There are signs stating that construction vehicles only can enter and exit.
- Please now use John Clarke Road to enter and exit the Park n’ Bike lot at the YMCA.
- See the route maps for directions to and from the John Clarke Road entrance.
Bicycle route from the Y to Fort Adams – 4.6 miles • Approx 30 mins
Bicycle route from Fort Adams to the Y– 4.6 miles • Approx 30 min
Rogers High School Newport, Old Fort Entrance
At Fort Adams: Bike Parking and Tune Ups
Bike parking is assisted self parking. We’ll help you to park in the most efficient way possible so we can ensure optimal use of the space and fit you all in! You can also opt for some TLC for your bike while you’re enjoying the festival. Brake work, gear adjustments, or how about a nice cleaning and polish? Fees are recommended donations and all proceeds benefit Bike Newport’s programs for youth. Win win!
Want to show your bike love AND get into the show for free? Help out with a 4-hour shift and get a pass for the balance of the day. NOTE: to work Bike Parking, you must be fully vaccinated for COVID plus two weeks. Please only sign up to volunteer if you are certain you will be there. To volunteer, please email or call us at (401) 619-4900 to sign up.
About Bike Newport
Supporting Bike Newport is supporting more and better biking in Newport and beyond. Our mission is to make it possible for more people to bike more often, by ensuring that biking safe and comfortable and an easy choice for both transportation and recreation. We’re busy bringing you Park n’ Bike, Bike Routes, Bike Maps, Bike Parking, and On-Site Tune-Ups – continuously working to improve and encourage biking for everyone in Rhode Island and beyond – Thanks for being part of the solution!