The final draft of Newport’s Transportation Master Plan is posted online at www.keepnewportmoving.com – and it’s a wealth of reviews, ideas, and recommendations to improve traffic flow, reduce traffic congestion, and take bold steps to make getting around Newport as delightful an experience as being here. Remote parking, shuttles, bicycling, and walking are all prioritized… read more
Statewide Bike and Transit Advocates Make Plea to TAC
The following was reported in its entirety by John Flaherty of Grow Smart RI: Thank you to the nearly two-dozen people who spoke up before the State Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Thursday evening, November 17, 2022. There was a diversity of voices heard loud and clear making the case to fund and prioritize implementation of… read more
2022 Candidates Respond with their Bike/Walk Visions
On September 24, 2022, the following message was sent from Bike Newport to all candidates for City/Town Council, RI House, and RI Senate representing Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth. Thanks to all of the candidates who replied for taking the time to share their vision. Their responses appear below the question, in alphabetical order by positions. All responses are… read more
Keep Newport Moving – Take the Survey!
This is YOUR chance to weigh in on Newport’s Transportation Master Plan. A master plan guides local policy on transportation and infrastructure over the VERY long term. This is the first master plan that Newport has undertaken in 20 years! As the city continues to change, we need responsible planning for an equitable future for… read more
ACTION ALERT: RI Transportation Plan Amendment
Fast-Track Plan Released as Minor Amendment #2 For $748 Million of Federal Infrastructure Investment Funds The State of RI is making plans for the $748 million received from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill for transportation improvements. The federal bill, titled the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), includes provisions addressing climate change by improving infrastructure… read more
Mark the Transportation Plan Map!
TIME-SENSITIVE: MARK THE MAP TODAY! – last day is Friday 9/17 The City of Newport is developing a Transportation Master Plan and we can all help. There is currently an online survey and interactive map accepting our comments and feedback until Friday 09/17. You can name the streets and methods that you believe will… read more
Black History Month and Bicycling
In honor of Black History Month we looked into the archives to share these incredible stories with you. Learn about soldiers on bikes, female cyclists’ cross -country adventures, and one of the world record holders who set the record for the fastest bicycle mile! Katherine T. “Kittie” Knox Kittie Knox, courtesy USA Cycling In 1890, when the… read more
Places for Bikes Workshop
Our friends at PeopleForBikes have announced the PlacesForBikes Workshops – a series of helpful, inspirational single-day training events for city leaders working to improve bicycling in their communities. The staff at Bike Newport will be there and we hope you’ll join us. From the event page: Each workshop will feature inspiring speakers, panel discussions, group… read more
Join our Advocacy Team!
We are gathering an Advocacy Team comprised of community members throughout Newport and surrounding areas, who are passionate about creating complete streets in Newport. We will be holding discussions, attending relevant meetings of the city council, and helping with moving any planned complete streets projects forward. If you are interested in using your voice in support of complete streets for… read more
ALERT: RIDOT Proposal Slashes Bike Funding
Rhode Island Department of Transportation Proposal Slashes Bicycle and Pedestrian Project Funding Statewide (Jan 26, 2019) The “Major Amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Plan” presented by RIDOT to the State Transportation Advisory Committee on January 24th includes 33% cut to the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) over four years. TAP is the primary source of funding for… read more
Letter to the Public: Major Amendment to the TIP
Dear Friends, Thanks to all who are following the situation with the DOT recommendation for a “Major Amendment to the TIP” aka Major Amendment #11. This amendment proposes major reduction to Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funding to make up for shortfalls in pavement and bridge funding. TAP funding is the primary source for bicycle, pedestrian,… read more
STIP Major Amendment Includes Drastic Reduction in Bike Funding
A major amendment to the STIP (State Transportation Improvement Plan) was presented by RIDOT (Rhode Island Department of Transportation) to the State Planning Council on Jan 10 and will be presented to the State TAC (Transportation Advisory Committee) on Jan 24. The amendment addresses a shortfall in funding and includes a reduction of $27.67 million… read more
Statewide Bicycle Planning Guides
Did you know Rhode Island and Massachusetts have draft statewide Bicycle Planning Guides? Massachusetts Department of Transportation has a ‘Draft Municipal Resource Guide For Bikeability,’ and Rhode Island has a draft ‘Bicycle Mobility Plan.’ Give them a read and see the future when all road users are treated equally and we leave car-centric planning behind.… read more
A Great Start For Our 2019 Interns
It’s Friday morning in Newport. The Bike Newport building that’s home to the Bike Garage is buzzing with Rogers High School interns. Teenagers are spread out across the garage floor, working on bicycles in different stages of repair. The sound of gear changes and a steady clank of pedal wrenches fills the room. An assortment of vintage, road and mountain bikes… read more
Paths for everyone: why it matters.
Think of a memorable walk you’ve had. Picture a cycle ride you enjoyed with your family or friends. I’m guessing that these weren’t on or alongside a busy road. We all need places to walk or cycle, scoot or wheel, away from the noise, fumes, stress and danger of traffic. Somewhere where we can teach… read more
Imagine being able to ride over the bridges!
This summer we had the first Bridge Bike Shuttle to get you over the bridges with your bike. Imagine the day when we won’t need that because you’ll be able to pedal yourself over the Narragansett Bay. As you can imagine we’re THRILLED to be talking about this prospect and excited to be part of the discovery process. To… read more
Meet Matthias and Newport’s Bike Hub
The kids of Newport have been telling us for a long time that they need a place to be kids. Somewhere they can ride, play and learn. A place they can call theirs. Imagine this: all the buzz and excitement as kids gather for play time and spring/summer camps at the Big Blue Bike Barn.… read more
Active transportation – what can you do to help?
The Newport Health Equity Zone’s (HEZ) goal is increased resident participation in walking and bicycling for transportation, exercise, and recreation in Newport, RI. Bike Newport partners with the HEZ to ensure they accomplish their goals. Beyond the physical and emotional health benefits of active transportation, any mode of transportation allows residents to access many health… read more
New bike racks in Newport!
Have you seen the New Belgium bike racks around town? Thanks to Midtown Oyster Bar and Pour Judgement for being the sponsoring hosts of these awesome New Belgium Brewing bike racks. So what are you waiting for? Hop on it! Are you a business around Newport? Check out the business benefits Why Sponsor a Rack? Well-located bicycle racks help… read more
Regarding the Pell Bridge Ramp Realignment Designs
The following notes were shared by Bike Newport to RI Department of Transportation as part of the community review process. These notes reflect input discussed and gathered at numerous community reviews, including Newport Health Equity Zone, North End Neighborhood Association, Bike Newport Board of Directors, Newport Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and other Bike… read more