Rhode Island is at a pivotal moment in shaping our statewide mobility policies, and your participation can make a difference. This Thursday, May 25th, two State Senate Judiciary Committee hearings will address crucial bike and transit bills. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings occur after “the rise” (when senators leave the floor for the day), so… read more
Confirmation Hearing for DOT Director Peter Alviti
On Tuesday, February 28th, the RI Senate Finance Committee will hold an “Advice and Consent” confirmation hearing for RIDOT Director Peter Alviti. The hearing will take place in the Senate Lounge at the State House at the Rise of the Senate, which usually takes place about 4:30pm. (The Rise is when the House or Senate finishes… 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
Your Feedback is Needed on Transportation Plan
Let’s Keep Newport Moving! The City of Newport wants our feedback. The City has released proposed recommendations for the Newport Transportation Master Plan and they are interested in our feedback. Please visit the survey and interactive webmap and encourage friends and family to do the same. By sharing feedback, we can build a collective vision… 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
The Bike Newport t-shirts are back!
It’s not too early to be thinking about holidays or treating yourself to a new tee and water bottle. Bike Newport is ready to splat our way into the Broadway Street Fair with our annual ‘Pie Jousting Contest‘ on Saturday, Oct 12th. Join us to help fundraise for our youth education programs and treat yourself to a t-shirts and water… read more
Getting Around RI Without A Car
Article written by Barry Schiller. There are many, especially in the bicycle community, who are aware how the drive-everywhere culture has eroded the quality of both cities and the countryside, that transportation emissions are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, that always driving contributes to obesity and ill-health as well as the outflow of… 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
Garaje en español
El garaje de bicicletas es un espacio exclusivo y alentador para que los hispanohablantes vengan y trabajen en bicicletas. No se requiere experiencia. Traiga su propia bicicleta o voluntario durante 3 horas para obtener una bicicleta gratis. The Bike Garage is an exclusive and encouraging space for Spanish speakers to come and work on bikes. No… read more
Bikes + Coffee = LOVE!
Perfect seasonal gifts! Wake up, y’all! Check out what’s brewing for your morning caffeine. Bike Newport has teamed up with Empire Tea and Coffee to bring you – BICYCLE BLEND! Pick up your “medium-light, sweet and nutty with notes of caramel and chocolate” (YUM!) at Bike Newport or Empire AND enjoy it from your very own… read more
Newport City Council candidates discuss transportation issues
Dear Newport Residents, Bike Newport sent questions to all Newport City Council candidates regarding transportation issues in Newport that we thought would interest you. We thank the nine respondents for their time, effort and consideration. We have shared the answers exactly as we received them. Answers appear in alphabetical order by candidate. At-large candidate Susan… 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
Fall Back and Light up 2018
FALL BACK and LIGHT UP! Bicyclists are reminded to be visible at night with local bike shops helping with 20% discounts on bike lights. As the clocks fall back, cyclists need to light up. Can you believe it, daylight saving’s time is just around the corner! It will get darker a lot earlier, but that’s NO… read more
On November 6th 2018, vote ‘Yes On 3’. Here’s why you should….
Bari Freeman, Executive Director of Bike Newport RI, presenting at the rally in support of the Green Economy and Clean Water Bond. Video courtesy of upriseri.com ___________________________ On November 6th, not only will you be able to vote for your governor, senator, and various local officials next month, Rhode Islanders will also have a chance to vote… read more
Annual Tour de Fright 2018
We’re kicking off Halloween with our Tour de Fright costume ride right through downtown Newport on Tuesday Oct 30th. Helmets recommended, as well as bike-able spooky costumes. As always it’s an open event, invite your pals and meet us at Bike Newport, 6pm. Don’t forget your bike, helmets and lights…aaaooooo!! Tuesday Oct 30th • 6-7pm •… read more
The survey results are in!
The Bike Garage Survey data was collected through a variety of media to get a pretty good diversity of Newport rider types. See below for the full results. The short story: riders say they’ll ride more when they feel safer. And protected bike routes make them feel safe.
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