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
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
Pell School Santa’s Bike Giveaway
All year round, people bring outgrown and otherwise unused bikes to Bike Newport’s community bike project – where they receive a little TLC and find their way to new owners. Bikes are restored and made road-ready by volunteers and by folks who earn the bikes through volunteering. Among the beach cruisers, road racers, and city bikes… read more
Elliot’s Ride – A Ride for Everyone!
ELLIOT’S RIDE A Ride for EVERYONE! Sunday June 10th, 2018, 9:00am-1.00pm Beginning and ending at Fort Adams State Park Billed as “A Ride For Everyone!”, Elliot’s Ride seeks to bring lots of people together to ride along the ocean. “People who ride there every day and people who’ve never ridden there before,” – www.elliotsride.org Elliot’s… read more
How to ride a bike safely on Broadway
^ the new sharrows on Broadway position bicyclists right behind cars that are backing up. Over the weekend, the full length of Broadway was painted with much-anticipated “sharrows” – road markings indicating shared use by cars and bicycles. But wait – these sharrows are located immediately next to backing out cars. Is that where they… read more
Bike Newport Night 2016 is March 3rd!
Temps have finally plunged and the white stuff is accumulating, so it must be time for BIKE NEWPORT NIGHT – our annual mid-winter bike celebration and the best winter party in Newport! Thursday, March 3rd 6:00-9:00pm at Midtown Oyster Bar, 345 Thames Street, Newport Live music with Slackwater String Bandand Los Duderinos, with help from Common Fence Music. RIBike’s VELOSPRINT racing,… read more
Introducing: Newport Waves!
The Newport community is coming together to improve safety on our busy roads – and it all starts with a WAVE. Newport Waves is a new campaign to make the city’s streets safer. The proposition is for all road users – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, skateboarders, and others – to acknowledge one another with a simple, intuitive,… read more
How are you spending Father’s Day? Join us on bikes!
Join Bike Newport and hundreds of cyclists as we ride Newport County’s scenic coastline while celebrating the life and passion of Dr. Elliot Kaminitz. The third annual Elliot Kaminitz Father’s Day Ride will be held on June 21, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. With a range of distances from 6, 10 and 25 miles, riders of… read more
Bridge Bike Partners Announce: Sakonnet Bridge Bike Lane Celebration!
^photo by Dave Hansen, courtesy of the Newport Daily News Ride at 11am. Program at 1pm. The newly-assembled Bridge Bike Partners – made up of the Tiverton Trailblazers, Bike Fall River, Narragansett Bay Wheelmen, Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, and Bike Newport – are announcing a celebratory ride and program on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in recognition of the… read more
It’s a Match – Double Your Donation!
Dear Friends, Help us make Newport a truly Bike Friendly Community, a city where it’s so safe, convenient and inviting for anyone to walk or bike, that we ultimately reduce the number of cars and busses on our overcrowded, overburdened streets by hundreds or even thousands per day. That’s where we’re heading … together. For all… read more
Fall Back and Light Up!
We hate to say it, but daylight saving’s time is just around the corner. It will get darker a lot earlier, but that’s NO reason to stop cycling and every reason to make sure you’re WELL-LIT! On the weekend of Nov. 1st-2nd, head to Newport Bicycle, Ten Speed Spokes, or Pedal Power Bicycle Shop. to “Fall Back and Light… read more
Bike Safety and Maintenance Classes: Gain Confidence on the Road and in the Garage
Did you know that the number one reason people don’t bike is a lack of confidence riding with motorized traffic? This oft-cited 2009 report by the Portland Bureau of Transportation split up the general population into four types of cyclists: less than 1% were “Strong and Fearless” , 7% were “Enthused and Confident”, 60% were “Interested but Concerned”, and 33% were… read more
Be Your Own Best Defense.
(above graphic: www.looksavealife.com) Two pedestrians died this week in Newport – in two separate incidents – both were hit by cars while crossing in a marked crosswalk. Robert Silvia, 56, was in his wheelchair crossing Memorial Blvd. Sharon Gerlach, 58, was crossing Bellevue Avenue in front of the shop she has co-owned with her sister for 32… read more
Night Bright Safe Cycling Initiative
It’s 5:30 p.m. on a weekday summer evening on Broadway, and the sidewalk in front of Leo’s Market is bustling with bikes and bike paraphernalia. Boxes of helmets, locks, lights, reflective vests, and bells line the popular storefront where, according to owner Juan Campos, 80% of the clientele arrive by bike. The swishing of tire… read more
Father’s Day Ride – Thank you
We are now one month removed from the Inaugural Elliot Kaminitz Fathers Day Ride and we would again like to recognize all of the efforts put forth by so many. Here is a copy of the letter to the editor written on June 17th. Have a wonderful day. To the Editors: Thank you for the… read more