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Bari Freeman

Executive Director and Founder

What started as a personal effort to stay out of her car during Newport’s busy summer season became a full-time effort to help Newport become the bicycle friendly community it is destined to be. After two years as a volunteer coordinator, and thanks to the generosity of local foundations and funders, Bari became the Executive Director of Bike Newport in 2012. She brings to Bike Newport more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector where she worked to build collaborations and to optimize resources. Bari has led initiatives on women’s health, civil rights, and financial services regulation, before turning her focus to bicycle advocacy. Now it’s all about getting more folks to choose bikes for local transportation – no parking, no quarters, and no spandex required!