Lots of NEWs: get ready for spring rides and events!
Vol. 4, No. 7, April 9th, 2015
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“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle
and that’s pretty close.”
 ~ Anonymous



 News & Upcoming Events


Donate Used Bikes At
Newport & Middletown Spring Recycling Day
Saturday, April 11th

Spring cleaning means liberating forgotten bikes and helping them find new and welcoming owners while you make new space in your basements and garages! Bring repairable bikes (along with other recyclables and bulk waste) to:

Newport Spring Recycling Day: Easton's (1st) Beach, 8am-12pm
Middletown Bulk Waste Day: Sachuest (2nd) Beach, 8am-1pm


A team from Bike Newport will be there to collect bikes for restoration and distribution in the community. Bikes beyond repair will still be recycled. Have bicycles you'd like to donate but can't make it on the 11th? Contact Liza

 



Bike Newport Awarded Grant for Youth Programs


(l-r, Gauillaume de Ramel and Jane Beezer of the FH Prince Memorial Fund; Bari Freeman, Dawn Euer, and Mark Chesterton of Bike Newport)

THANK YOU to the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund at Newport Hospital for continuing to generously support our youth programming at Bike Garage North - a space for kids in Newport's north end to learn and love bicycles.
 




Photo by Dave Hansen, courtesy of Newport Daily News

The newly-assembled Bridge Bike Partners â€“ made up of Bike NewportBike Fall RiverNarragansett Bay WheelmenRhode Island Bicycle Coalition, and the Tiverton Trailblazers â€“ are announcing a celebratory 12-mile ride and program on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in recognition of the dedicated bicycle/pedestrian path on the Sakonnet River Bridge!  Find out more here



Help Plan Our Group Rides -
Join the Bike Newport Rides Committee!

Tweed rides? Night rides? Bike & Yoga? Happy hour jaunts? On-island? Off-island? Another island? 

If you have ideas for great group rides this season, join the Bike Newport Rides Committee! Together we'll plan and run a season of fun rides for cyclists of all riding styles and interests. Meeting dates TBD by the Committee. Interested? Please email Liza

 



Bike to Work Video Contest
from the Reliance Foundry
Win $5000 in Gear!

Tell your bike commuting story and enter to win a whole lotta gear! Full details here
 



Mark Your Calendars For
BikeFest RI
Saturday, May 9th

Join Bike Newport and bicycling organizations from throughout Lil' Rhody for RI's only statewide bike festival! Great family-friendly fun for a Saturday during National Bike Month. More info here
 


3rd annual Elliot Kaminitz Father's Day Ride
Volunteer Meeting at Bike Newport HQ
Wed, April 15th at 6:30pm

Lend a hand at the Father's Day Ride â€“ a biking and walking event for the whole family celebrating the life and passion of Dr. Elliot Kaminitz. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the ride. Positions include registration, route marking, assisting with the Kids Tour de Fort, and more. Please email us your interest - we’d love to have your help! Our first volunteer meeting will be at Bike Newport HQ on Wed, April 15th starting at 6:30pm. 



Support Newport Bicyclist Bobby Forster
in his fight against ALS


 

Salve alum and avid Newport bi-and-tricyclist Bob Forster aka "Bobby Bicycles" is fighting ALS. Join fellow Newporters in Team "What About Bobby?" in supporting Bob in his fight against this terrible disease on the ALS TDI Tri-State Treka 3-day ride through MA and CT. All ride info is hereIf you'd like to support in other ways, visit www.acureforforster.com.

 


 

Rides: See Calendar 
For Details & Updates


2nd annual "TOUR DE JONQUILLES" Daffodil Ride
Saturday, April 18th, 1:30pm

Get up close and personal with the 385,000 daffodils planted throughout Newport on this daffy bike ride supporting the Daffodillion project! Join us on a tour of the plantings, a tour of the gardens at the Hillside private estate, and end up at the Ballard Park “Bouquet Bar” and Flower Market where live music and nearly 20,000 daffodils will greet us. More info here
 



SpokesWomen Cycling Season Opener
Saturday, April 11th, 9am


Join the SpoWos this Saturday, April 11 to begin their fifth cycling season! Pedal the NBW Fish Road ride, 26 mile loop. The ride will start promptly at 9:00. Plan to arrive early enough to set up your bike and other gear so you can roll out with your sister riders.

Directions:  Meet at the commuter parking lot, 970 Fish Road, Tiverton, RI. Take I-195E to Rt 24S to the Fish Road exit. Take a right turn off the exit and the parking lot will be on your right. Email spokeswomencycling@gmail.com for more info. 

 



Group Ride Saturdays

We're almost ready for the Group Ride Season! Join the planning committee by emaillng Liza. Meeting soon!

Meanwhile, continue to use Bike Newport HQ as a meeting place - show up Saturdays at 9:15am at 437 Broadway and see who's up for a ride. Roll out at 9:30. 


Now in three locations:

Office/HQ, 437 Broadway

Bike Garage at
Rogers High School

Bike Garage North at the Florence Gray Center.

 
BIKE and COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
read on for more info!

Weekend 
Group Rides

check the calendar

April 11th
Newport & Middletown Spring Recycling Days

April 11th
SpokesWomen 
Season Opener

April 13th
Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition monthly advocacy meeting

April 15th
Father's Day Ride Volunteer Meeting at Bike Newport HQ

April 18th
Bike Newport 
"Tour de Jonquilles" Daffodil Ride

April 19th
Women Bike RI
Seed-Bombing Ride

April 21st
Bike Newport and
SwapDrobe presents: Clothing and Cycle Swap

April 27th
Bike Newport
Spring Bike Distro Disco

MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH!

May 4th
Bike Newport
Ladies Night at the Bike Garage at Rogers
interested?
email Liza.

May 9th
BikeFestRI

May 10th
Bike Newport, SpokesWomen, and Women Bike RI present: 
2nd annual 
Cyclofemme Mother's Day Ride


May 15th
Bike Newport
Bike to Work Day

May 14th-17th
BIKE to the Volvo Ocean Race!

June 21st
Bike Newport's
3rd annual Elliot Kaminitz Father's Day Ride
 
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Volunteer 
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!

Contact
Liza to learn more. 

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Have a link you'd like to share with the Newport cycling community? Post it to our Facebook page or email it to Liza!
 
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