â€œBicycles are the indicator species of a community, like shellfish in a bay.â€œ
- P. Martin Scott
News & Upcoming Events
Bike Newport Night 2016: SPREAD THE ED!
Thursday, March 3rd, 6:00-9:00 pm
Midtown Oyster Bar, 345 Thames St., Newport, RI
$20 Tickets at door and now also available online
Funds raised support bike and road user safety education.
â€¨Thanks to all of our silent auction donors, and a special thanks to Midtown Oyster Bar, Common Fence Music, Los Duderinos, Slackwater String Band. And Newport Bicycle for the fantastic Grand Prize Cannondale Quick 6 - everyone is eligible to win! Breaking News: Youâ€™ll also meet our incoming Manager of Educational Programs â€“ Henri Venable of the Gold Level Bike Friendly City of Bloomington, IN - home of the LITTLE 500!
Welcome Valerie Larkin
Our New Board Member
Valerie Larkin is a long-time bicycle enthusiast, going back to her undergraduate days at the University of Pennsylvania, when a bike racing friend coerced her into riding centuries. She first came to Newport in 1980 to work for the Navy and to attend graduate school at Brown University. After moving around Rhode Island for a number of years, she was very happy to return to Newport in 2015, especially because her new home is less than five miles from her office. Since then she has been a dedicated bicycle commuter. Valerie's particular interest is the integral role that bicycles play in sustainable cities and towns. When not on her bicycle, Valerie enjoys tennis, writing, playing music, and being on the water. Welcome, Valerie!
RIBike Presents Bicycle Thieves
Tuesday March 8th
6:00pm Cable Car Cinema, Providence
Donâ€™t miss the last film in RI Bikeâ€™s monthly winter bike film series. Set in poverty-stricken postwar Rome, Bicycle Thieves is the story of a man on his first day of a new job when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Enjoy this Academy-Award winning film with fellow cyclists at the awesome Cable Car Cinema and support RIBike in the process.
Middletown Roundabout Is Coming
It's great news that the proposed roundabout at Valley and Aquidneck in Middletown is moving forward - a first for Aquidneck Island. Well-designed roundabouts promise improved flow and improved safety for all road users - motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. The article and illustration in the 2/18 edition of Newport This Week and the 2/23 edition of The Newport Daily News did not reference bicycles - so we checked in with Middletown and RIDOT and received assurances that cyclists will be safely accommodated. We'll continue to provide updates. Meanwhile, check out this information from Federal Highway Administration to understand more about the promise of roundabouts.
Bike Rack Progress
New bike racks are coming to: Broadway, Bellevue Avenue and Panera Bread. Zip Car sponsored racks are in place adjacent to IYRS on Lower Thames. You, can support biking by sponsoring much needed bike parking. Email Mary Ellen to get started.
Universal Promise (UP)
7,701 Bike Ride Challenge
Will you lend your bike and/or trainer?
UP works to provide the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities in impoverished regions - promoting just, civil, and hopeful societies. The UP Bike Ride Challenge involves students from high schools all around Rhode Island! Riders will bike - using road bikes on trainers- a combined 7,701 miles, the actual distance from Newport, RI, to Addo, South Africa, where UP carries out its programs and is renovating the Vusumzi School, including construction of an arts & culture center. Will you lend your bicycle and/or trainer for the event? Please contact Victoria Leonard at UP. For more information about the event click here.
The Giant Squid of Narragansett Bay is Available
Order by March 13th
Our Jerseys by Pactimo Apparel are high-quality and elastic-free. They run tight, so order up a size or stop by Bike Newport to try on a sample. Short sleeve â€“ Members: $74.80 | Non-members: $88 / Long sleeve â€“ Members: $95.20 | Non-members: $112. To become a member, click HERE. Click HERE for the Member Store. Click HERE for the Non-Member Store. No cheating! Karma will find you.