Photo: Butch Murray, owner of the Fastnet Pub, receives the Bike Friendly Business of the Year award from Bike Newport Director Bari Freeman, joined by Newport sculptor, Howard Newman, who fabricated the annual award with his wife and partner Mary Newman.
From Bagels to Bike Friendly Business of the Year
Fastnet Pub owner Butch Murray was recognized for unwavering bicycle enthusiasm with the fourth annual Bike Friendly Business of the Year award in Newport. Bari Freeman of Bike Newport lauded Murray as a consistent first adopter when it comes to supporting bicycle activities in town – promoting events, setting up bike racks, and dreaming of bike covered roofs! Most recently, Murray lent his property short-term rent-free to Bike Newport to help the organization establish a presence in the heart of town at 29 Spring Street. Freeman shared, “We can call this the Bike Friendly Business of the Year, or the Bike Newport Friendly Business of the Year – in every way, Butch is making Newport better for bikes!”
Bike to Work Day activities were supported by numerous businesses and attended by more than 100 cyclists. In addition to the Bike Friendly Business award, the day included a bike commuter breakfast, the release of the new 2016 Newport County Bike Map, a police-escorted Bike Parade, and a party at Bike Newport’s new location.
RIPTA Commuter Resources provided tshirts for all bike commuters as part of the Bike to Work Challenge www.nuride.com
Tara Gragg and Steven Sabo bike because … it’s awesome!
Bike Newport’s new location, 29 Spring Street – come on by!
Cover of the 2016 Newport County Bike Map made possible by Newport this Week, Discover Newport, Preservation Society of Newport County, RIPTA Commuter Resources, RIDOT Highway Safety, AAA NorthEast, and VHB consultants. Available free of charge at Bike Newport, Newport Visitors Center, area Bike Shops and many more places. Please email to arrange a supply.