Star Ride, Tour de Newport, Community Meetings, Engage Newport, important Road Sharing Tips and more
Bike Newport

Sign up and Join Star Ride next Saturday – September 15

 
Come out next Saturday for a great ride - and support local youth who face a range of academic, family and economic challenges. Funds raised provide mentors and academic scholarships. Ride options: 7, 15 and 30 miles. Families welcome.  Start and end at Cluny School.  Don’t have a bike?  Ten Speed Spokes is providing FREE rentals while supplies last. Information and registration here.

Join our weekend Group Rides!

 
Riding with a group is a delightful weekend activity.  We meet at 8:45am, alternating Saturdays and Sundays.  Most weeks we meet at Touro Park in the heart of Newport, and about every fourth week we leave the island! Rides average 15-20 miles and are a comfortable pace.  Faster riders can fly ahead, but no one is left behind.  Helmets are required.  Check out the Bike Newport Calendar to see what’s planned.   

And another!  Join the “Tour de Newport” on Sunday, September 23

 
Support the Newport Community Mental Health Center. 10, 25 and 45-mile options. Start and finish at Rogers High School. Information and registration here

Community Meeting every 2nd Tuesday - including this Tuesday, September 11. 

 
Every month, Bike Newport holds an open discussion about bicycling in Newport – news, ideas, concerns, questions and even some answers! Please join us – every 2nd Tuesday, 8:00-9:00am in the back room at Empire Tea and Coffee, 22 Broadway.  Early schmooze time from 7:30-8:00 - and some  seriously tasty morning java!

Have you discovered The Bike Kiosk?

 
Maps, rides, rules and recommendations - all about bicycling in Newport.  Don’t miss the Bike Newport Calendar of Events.  Got a great story about a Newport ride?  Send us a postcard!

What’s happening in Newport …

 

RIDOT/FHA Workshops in Newport:  

Our efforts to improve bicycling in Newport have been noted by both the RI Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). Recognizing Newport as a model community moving toward bicycle friendliness, RIDOT and the FHA are holding three full days of workshops here in Newport regarding the establishment of a statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The workshops were announced by RIDOT at the Memorial Blvd hearings last month and will take place September 12-14. Participants include representatives from around the state, including Bike Newport and the City of Newport. Additionally, Newport's roadways and intersections will be used as case studies.  Stay tuned for reports from this important event.
 

About Bellevue Avenue: 

Our City Council has approved funds to repair the dangerous ruts and craters that run the full length of Bellevue Avenue. We can look forward to repair in the near future.
 

About Spring Street:

Spring Street is one of the most dangerous locations for cyclists because of a long lengthwise rut in the road adjacent to the parked cars. If you are driving behind a cyclist on Spring Street, have extra patience and don’t expect - or ask - the cyclist to cross the rut to give you room. It’s far too dangerous. Cyclists – consider an alternate route. The City appears to be making plans for Spring Street repairs. We’ll keep you posted!

"Engage Newport"

HOLD THE DATE for this series of community outreach open houses where the City will provide information about plans for the upcoming year, what our city can do for us, whom to contact when we have a City related question, and games to see how well we know our city and neighborhoods.
 
The Engage Newport events will be held:
Thursday, October 11th at the Quaker Meeting House 6pm-8pm 
Saturday, October 20th at Fort Adams State Park 9:30am-11:30am
Tuesday, October 23rd at the Maritime Center on Thames St. 6pm-8pm
Saturday, October 27th at the Rotunda at Easton’s Beach 10am-noon
For more information please contact Melissa Barker: (401) 845-5473 
mbarker@cityofnewport.com

ROAD SHARING TIPS

Safe sharing of our roads is the responsibility of both motorists and cyclists. HERE is a great list of the basics for both, published by the League of American Bicyclists.
 
At Bike Newport, we are planning education and awareness efforts that will improve everyone’s knowledge and practice of road sharing. To help improve the situation, let’s all do what we can to MODEL the best of road sharing behavior
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Cyclists:

We must follow the same rules as cars.
Ride in the same direction as traffic, obey traffic signals and stay off the sidewalks.
Stay out of the “door zone” – leave yourself enough room that you won’t get hit if a door opens suddenly.
Be visible – wear bright clothes and use lights and reflectors at night.

 

Motorists:  

Practice the basics of safe driving - pay attention! Be aware of all users of the roads. Let’s be courteous and patient. In a car/cyclist collision, the car wins. Every time. Please don’t put life or limb in danger. Cyclists have every right to be on the road and motorists have the responsibility not to put them in danger - even when they are not following the rules.
The RI Passing Law: A car may not pass a bicycle unless there is “distance sufficient to prevent contact with the person operating the bicycle if the person were to fall over into the driver’s lane of traffic.” 
 

A Word About Phones: 

Talking on the phone while driving (or cycling!) may not be illegal but it is dangerous. We all know this. So, if we need to talk or text, let's pull over. The proliferation of talking/texting drivers is astounding. What are we teaching our kids, our future drivers? The distraction caused by cell phones is no different than the distraction caused by alcohol or narcotics. Be a role model and be part of the solution. Spread the word and the behavior. ”Put. The. Phone. Down.” (... sigh)
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