The Sakonnet Coastal Bike & Stroll invites families, children, and people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike along beautiful Park Ave and The Hummocks in Portsmouth, RI… and to enjoy this 2-mile expanse of coastal road free from motor vehicles.
Enjoy the beauty of Island Park and The Hummocks … outside, on the road, safely, and with confidence. Bring your kids, and even your friendly furry friends! You’re free to bike, walk, or use any form of non-motorized transport to enjoy this coastal route. Absolutely everyone is welcome… all ages, all abilities! Please help us spread the word!
This wonderful community event is 100% FREE to attend. Please visit the Sakonnet Coastal Bike & Stroll Eventbrite page to register, being sure to register for each member of your group that will attend. You do not need to print anything out (save the paper). Donations are warmly welcomed, and support Bike Newport’s bike safety education programs, plus our advocacy for more bike-friendly infrastructure on Aquidneck Island. Thank you!
These few hours offer 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, confidently, and worry-free. The event is presented by Bike Newport and the Island Park Preservation Society, and is supported in part by a RI Streets Transformation Mini Grant through the RI Department of Health, Grow Smart RI, and Providence Streets Coalition.
“These temporary demonstration projects are a great way for communities to experiment with ideas for improving pedestrian, bike, and accessible infrastructure improvements…”
John Flaherty, Deputy Director, Grow Smart RI
This event is made possible by our sponsors, including Berkshire Bank, Ocean State Air Solutions, The Green Grocer, Rail Explorers, Saccucci Honda, Sunset Cove, and WhippleTree Experts. If you or someone you know would like to become a Sponsor of this joy-filled community event, or if you would like to support as a volunteer, please contact email@example.com.
The route includes Park Ave from just after (east of) Mason Ave, Point Road, Hummock Point Road, and Hummocks Ave through (and including) the railroad overpass at Anthony Rd (at the entrance to Common Fence Point), and also including the separated bike lane crossing the Sakonnet River Bridge. Sunset Cove, located at 706 Park Ave, will serve as the event hub, where at 8:45am we’ll gather to celebrate the start of this fun community event.
Bike to the event if you safely can: If approaching from (or through) Tiverton, we encourage you to bike across the beautiful separated bike path crossing the Sakonnet River Bridge. We are thrilled to extend this car-free route to Tiverton by way of this wonderful separated bike path. For residents of Common Fence Point, you’ll be riding with traffic inside the neighborhood, but the railroad overpass itself will be car-free, and marks the north end of the car-free route.
For those arriving by car, parking will be available along the southern extent of Boyd’s Lane, at Hathaway Elementary School (53 Tallman Ave), and along portions of Anthony Road (west of the railroad overpass). Please exercise caution while navigating in traffic to reach the car-free route. And as always, please be sure to wear a properly fitted helmet for your safety. There is no prescribed starting point nor ending point… simply enter the car-free route wherever you meet it.
Donations are welcome – Thank you!
To see how fun & memorable it is to experience a car-free ride together with community, watch these delighted reactions from attendees of the 2023 Elliot’s Ride for Everyone in Newport:
Please support Portsmouth businesses along the route: Whether during or after the event, please consider grabbing breakfast, lunch, ice cream and more from any of the terrific local restaurants along the route. If you’re not yet familiar with Island Park, you’ll have fun discovering this Aquidneck Island gem.
At 8:30am, Portsmouth Police will begin to close the route to cars. At 12pm, cars will again enter the roadway, so you’ll want to be safely off the road before that time.
If you have any other question in advance of the event, feel free to contact John Vit at (401) 952-1953.
And for more of a taste of what to expect, enjoy this recap from the 2023 Elliot’s Ride for Everyone.
If you wish to volunteer for the event, or become a sponsor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re grateful to the following sponsors
for their support of this exciting community event: