Bike to Work May 17 / Elliot Kaminitz Fathers Day Ride June 16
Every Weekend:  Group Rides
May 11:  Smart Cycling for Kids (10 and older) Free class
May 11:  BikeFestRI
May 11:  Run For Education

May 17:  Bike to Work Day
May 22: Open Shop Night at the Bike Garage
June 16: Elliot Kaminitz Father's Day Ride
(photo: William Heydt) 
Bike to Work Day 
This is the day to give it a try! Leave the car home, or at least outside of town. If you’re traveling a distance, Newport Grand is generously making their lot available for Park ‘n Bike. Park in the far back southwest corner and hop onto Halsey Street to ride into town.  
-       Commuter Breakfast 6:30 to 9:00am
-       New Map Release & more 3:00pm
-       Bike Decorating 3:30pm
-       Community Ride 4:00pm
-       Bike Fair 5:00pm
All activities take place in Eisenhower Park / Washington Square – the historic center of Newport! Mark the date, call your friends and colleagues, start making plans, join the Facebook event and spread the word!
 
(photo: Brian Pearson) 
Open Shop Night at the Bike Garage: May 22
Just in time for Memorial Day - show your bike some TLC. Grab a tool, some lube, an air pump. Learn how to change your flat. Basic mechanical assistance on hand. The Bike Garage is located at the Newport Area Career and Tech Center of Rogers HS. Enter at the Athletic Field entrance on Old Fort Road and come up the hill toward the school. You can't miss it.

(photo: Dave Hansen, Newport Daily News)
Welcome Mark Chesterton,
Director of Youth Programs,
Bike Newport

Mark is an experienced and innovative teacher AND a passionate bicycle enthusiast.  From afterschool bike clubs to summer youth enterprise, Mark is inspiring young people to discover and embrace cycling as a key to freedom, fun and independence. Thanks in large part to a generous grant from the FH Prince Memorial Fund, Mark will be able to bring youth and bikes together citywide. Please join us in welcoming Mark! You can reach him at mark@bikenewportri.org
Congratulations to our Board Treasurer, Brian Hennessey
Double congrats to our Board Treasurer, Brian Hennessey. Brian was recently recognized by the Providence Business Journal as the 2013 CFO Honoree for mid-sized business in Rhode Island. And last week, Brian earned the title First Place Grand Master Male at the Newport Ten Miler – great run, Brian! and thanks for all you do for Bike Newport.
Bike Newport Group Rides – most Saturdays and Sundays
Check out the Calendar HERE. On island rides meet at the historic Bike League Monument in Touro Park (Bellevue/Pelham). We’re also making our way to riding all 75 miles of RI’s statewide bike paths.  Rides range in length from 15-45 miles, but always at a leisurely pace. 
After the tragic collision that took Dr. Elliot Kaminitz life last June on Memorial Blvd, the Kaminitz family made a decision to work to make cycling safer for all. Partnering with Bike Newport, and with support from People’s Credit Union and the RI Department of Transportation, the first annual Elliot Kaminitz Father's Day Ride and Children’s Safety Town  will take place this Father's Day, June 16 – bringing the community together to honor Elliot and to work toward more, better and safer bicycling in and around Newport.
Beginning and ending at Fort Adams State Park, the day includes 5, 10, and 25-mile options, with some of the island's most beautiful ocean views. All funds raised benefit Bike Newport educational programs. Registration, donations, and information at www.FathersDayRide.org.
The Bike Map is Coming
(illustration: Rafael Medina)
BIGGER and BETTER than ever – produced by the Bike Newport Roads and Routes Committee, including all of Aquidneck and Conanicut Islands, four recreational loops, RIPTA rack information, Rules of the Road and much more – plus a beautiful original illustration by Newport artist Rafael Medina.  Thanks to Newport This Week, the Preservation Society of Newport County, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Discover Newport and Sustainable Aquidneck for funding what will be a fabulous free Bicycle Map for all. The map will be released on May 17 at Bike to Work Day.
National Bike Challenge
From May 1st to September 30, bicyclists from across the country are tracking their miles as part of a friendly competition. Let’s ‘up’ Rhode Island participation this year! It’s crazy easy to join – simply follow this LINK to set up your account and then post your miles whenever you have the time. No stress. No new apps. No pressure. Lots of fun. Sign up on your own, or click HERE to join the statewide RIBIKE team. There’s even a smartphone app to take it with you.

(photo: Dave Hansen)
Register Your Bike
Why register your bike with the City of Newport? A) It’s the law, B) It makes it a lot easier to ID both found and missing bikes. Now you can register your bike at Bike Newport. In the Change Place, Second floor of Seamen’s Church Institute on Bowen’s Wharf. Most days 9-6. Call first: (401) 924-3222 Coming soon: online registration!

Saturday May 11th, 2013, 10AM to 4PM @ The Met School, 325 Public St. Providence, RI: The festival will feature live entertainment, an expo area of bicycles and related gear, information and resources about riding in the state, safety and repair demonstrations, food vendors and more. (Rain date / Sunday, 5/12)


Don't miss The Run for Education ! this Saturday, May 11.  Register today! Support enhanced educational opportunities in the Newport Public Schools. 

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