Elliot’s Ride for Everyone
Enjoy Newport’s Famous Ocean Drive
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9am-11am
Elliot’s Ride for Everyone is safe happy fun for every age, every mobility, every kind of cyclist, hiker, roller, stroller. Come enjoy the wind in your hair and smiles on your faces – all the joy of biking and hiking along the picturesque ocean coastline – car-free!
The car-free Ocean Drive experience returns on May 21st! Bring your family and friends – let everyone know! These few hours are a wonderful chance to celebrate public space and show what’s possible when bicyclists and bikeways, pedestrians and walkways, are safe from cars and everyone can experience beautiful places happily and confidently.
Official welcome takes place at Rogers High School at 8:45am where there is plenty of parking, refreshment, and bathroom facilities.
Newport Police will guide people across the street to the start of the car-free route – which continues south the length of Hazard Road, through the Goose Neck Salt Marsh to Ocean Avenue. The closure to traffic will span Ocean Avenue from Carroll to Harrison. At 9am, Newport Police will close the route to cars – including the length of Hazard Road, through the Goose Neck Salt Marsh, and Ocean Avenue from Carroll Avenue to Harrison Avenue. At 11am, cars will again enter the roadway so you’ll want to be safely off the road before that time.
Note to area residents: Should you need access, there will be police escort available. Please alert the Newport Police or an Event Marshal and accommodation will be made.
8:45am Official Welcome at Rogers High School
9-11am Route opened to cyclists and pedestrians only
A limited number of bicycles are available to borrow. Also, adaptive bikes and trikes will be available to test ride – accommodating special needs, such as physical, cognitive and developmental challenges – thanks to Bike-On of Warwick, RI.
Please follow the links below to reserve a bicycle or test Adaptive bikes.
Newport Craft Brewing ❤️ bikes! Newport Craft is sponsoring Elliot’s Ride (sorry no adult beverages at this one!) and more events coming. Welcome and thanks to CEO Brendan O’Donnell and the Newport Craft team.
About Elliot Kaminitz
Elliot’s Ride for Everyone honors the life and passion of Dr Elliot Kaminitz – a much-loved community member who lost his life while riding on Memorial Blvd in 2012. Elliot wanted everyone to experience the joy of bicycling.
From Elliot’s children: Our Dad was a devoted husband, loving father and doting Papa who treasured family above all else, a gentle individual, loved by patients and staff. He loved to bicycle – and he died tragically while riding his favorite route adjacent to the beaches he loved – a road now graced with a much safer dedicated bike lane. We want to see more safer cycling progress here in Newport and everywhere. Our dad would love everything about Elliot’s Ride. He would love seeing the whole community out enjoying Newport from the seat of a bicycle. Thank you for joining our call for more, better, and safer cycling in his honor and memory. With love from Adam Kaminitz, Ilicia Kaminitz Strasser, Jon Strasser, Coco Lin