Bike classes, Park(ing) Day, statewide rides, and more! 
Vol. 3, No. 17, September 18th, 2014
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“A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to.”
~ Dr. K. K. Doty

 News & Upcoming Events

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 "No Way No How".

We want to reach and support that 60% - those who would like to bike for transportation and recreation in and around Newport, but don't. These hesitant cyclists would benefit from many basic skills that can improve bike safety, road sharing, and confidence. Are you "Interested but Concerned", or do you know somebody who might be? Overcome your worries and start down the road to a car-light life by signing up for a class. Bike Newport offers a variety of educational programs at our Bike Garage locations as well as on-road. Or, gather a group of eight or more and we’ll come to you! Sign up here.

2014 Road Audits Completed

Salve Regina freshmen performed road audits 
during their
 "Exploratory Day of Service"
As part of a statewide focus on "vulnerable road users", the RI Department of Transportation Highway Safety Program generously funded Bike Newport to conduct 100 hours of on-road audits of road sharing behavior by bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians. The information was collected at 15 intersections by more than 20 auditors over 100 hours during Labor Day weekends 2013 and 2014. From good to bad to ugly, our auditors saw and recorded it all! The data will be used by local, regional, and statewide planners. law enforcement, and advocates (including Bike Newport) to identify priority actions and locations. Stay tuned for project summary and progress reports.

Providence Park(ing) Day
Friday, September 19th

This Friday marks a special event in our state capital – Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where local business owners and individuals transform car parking spots into temporary public parks, art studios, basketball courts, mini-cafés - anything they can dream up! The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Transport PVD are organizing the 2nd annual Park(ing) Day in Providence, where 35 “parklets” will occupy parking spaces outside businesses throughout the city from 8:00am-4:00pm. This year, the organizers are creating Rhode Island's first, temporary protected bike lane on Broadway so cyclists can tour the parklets separated from traffic. If there was ever an excuse to visit Providence, this is it! 

Volunteers Needed: Gran Fondo New England
Friday-Sunday, October 3rd-5th

What's a Gran Fondo? Gran Fondo is an Italian idiom that more or less translates to "Big Ride" or "Big Endurance." In practice, they are a hybrid between a long distance recreational cycling event (such as a century) and a competitive event (such as a road race). Help Gran Fondo New England the first weekend of October by staffing rest stops, helping sign the course, and driving support vehicles. Sign up here or contact Matt for more info. 



Rides: See Calendar 
For Details & Updates

Bike Newport Weekly Group Ride:

(Most) Saturdays: Ocean Drive + Sachuest Point loop with starts at Miantonomi Park (8:45am) and Touro Park (9:30am). Check the calendar for details.

Martha's Vineyard Ride: Cancelled

Unfortunately, the trip originally planned for September 27-28th is cancelled. But we still encourage you to check out this fabulous riding destination on your own – here's information for the ferry, campground, hostel, and biking on the island

More Rides Statewide!

Sat, Sept 20th: 5th Annual Woony River Ride

The Woony Ride brings out families and avid cyclists from the all over the region to enjoy the beauty and recovery of the Woonasquatucket River. More info here.

Sun, Sept 21st: 4 Bridges Ride

A 26 mile charity bike ride across all four major bridges connecting Aquidneck & Conanicut Islands to Rhode Island's main land. More info here

Mon, Oct 13th: Jamestown Classic

39th annual race organized by the Jamestown Rotary Club with USA road cycling and Gran Fondo Combined Start events. More info here


Ride Safe. Ride Happy. Ride!

Now in three locations:

Office/HQ, 437 Broadway

Bike Garage at
Rogers High School 

Bike Garage North at the Florence Gray Center.

read on for more info!

Weekend Group Rides
check the calendar

September 19th
Providence Park(ing) Day

September 19th
The Experience of Open Space

September 20th
Woony River Ride

September 21st
4 Bridges Ride

October 3rd 
New England Builder's Ball

October 4th-5th
KMC Cyclocross Festival and Gran Fondo New England

October 8th
International Walk & Bike to School Day

October 13th
Jamestown Classic
Become a Member
Want to help spread the bike love?

with us!

We need your help with events, rides and projects throughout the year.

Volunteering opportunities include (but are not limited to): 

- Bike parking at special events

- Bike Library

- Off-road Mountain Bike Academy

- Group ride support

- Help with 
BIKE POWER: our pedal-powered generators

Night Bright equipment distributions

- Lend a hand at the
Bike Garages

- Bike art projects

And much more!

Liza to learn more. 
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Newport, RI 02840

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