Pedal-powered holiday tree!! Coming to Bowen's Wharf on December 15th!
Reminder: Monthly Bike Newport Community Meeting:  Tuesday, December 11
New Location:  Bike Newport office at Seamen's Church Institute, Bowen's Wharf.
Join us every second Tuesday at 8AM for our monthly Community Meeting - where you can share your thoughts about how to improve and encourage bicycling in Newport and around Aquidneck Island. This week will be the first Community Meeting held at our new office space in Seamen’s Church Institute on Bowen’s Wharf. Make your caffeine stop at the first floor Aloha Café  and then head up to the "Change Place" on the second floor for our meeting.  We hope to see you tomorrow, December 11, 8am. Mark your calendar now - the next Community Meeting will be Tuesday, January 8, 8am, same location.

Holiday Open House!
Saturday, December 15

Come visit our new office at the Seamen’s Church Institute and celebrate the promise of Newport’s Bike Friendly Future!  We’ll be joining with our friends and officemates from Social Venture Partners Rhode Island, Sustainable Aquidneck, Ocean State Fresh and Seamen’s Church Institute – Saturday, December 15, from 2:00 to 6:00pm.  At 5pm all are invited to help us power up the Jingle Bikes – Newport’s first pedal-powered holiday tree! 



Back in Parking Update

 
At the City Council Workshop on December 5, reverse diagonal parking was not discussed as part of the evening’s Broadway Streetscape update as originally slated.  Instead, the City Manager's recommendations are included as an action item in the December 12 City Council docket.  The recommendation is “for angle parking in the Broadway Streetscape project to remain as designed: front-in angle parking.” The Request for City Council Action can be read here.
 
The City Manager's recommendations reference a budget increase of $49,144 required to modify/adjust the design plan to accommodate the change in parking direction.  Additionally, the recommendations from the City Manager and the Interdepartmental Traffic Committee (ITC) reference a report on back-in angle parking prepared by the Louis Berger Group (LBG). The report’s recommendations are based on findings which we consider under-informed.  We recommend additional consideration of back-in parking as a viable and safer alternative to front-in angle parking for Broadway and future projects - in the context of striving for safer roads for all users and as indicated by our embrace of Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School. We strongly recommend more complete study of this parking method - in use successfully in dozens of cities across the country and the primary recommendation of federal and state transportation planners as well as livable community advocates. 

From your friends at Bike Newport:
May all your winter holiday wishes come true!



Coming December 15th:
Jingle Bikes!
Hop on and pedal power
the holiday tree! 

December 15th to January 1st
Daily 5-9pm

We could NOT be happier to announce the newest addition to Newport’s holiday celebrations – Jingle Bikes on Bowen’s Wharf! – our first bicycle powered holiday tree!  Thanks to the generosity of People’s Credit Union, Bowen’s Wharf, Newport Bicycle, the Maher Garden Center and Yacht Rigging Services of Portsmouth for making it possible! Come celebrate as we open the installation on Saturday December 15 at 5pm – and then hop on the bikes any day from 5pm to 9pm through New Years Day.  Bring your friends and family – warm up while you pedal off those holiday pounds and light up the night!


Shoreline Bikeway Update

 
On Thursday, December 6, Bike Newport and the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission jointly hosted a community forum with speaker Carl Knoch of the Rail to Trail Conservancy. The full-house at CCRI was treated to an overview of “Rail With Trail” projects across the country along with a report of both the engineering challenges and the promised economic benefits.  A panel discussion followed the presentation.  Community members and stakeholders in attendance included residents and elected officials from Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth; representatives from RIDOT and the Federal Highway Administration; transportation planners; advocates for active transportation; and representatives from the Old Colony Railway, the Newport Dinner Train and the RI Association of Railroad Passengers. Enthusiasm was palpable, the promise tangible, and as observed by Carl, we're "at a tipping point" thanks to the support of the range of stakeholders. "The trail is not a cost, it's an investment," he further shared. Next steps include creating a workgroup and securing funding for planning studies.  Bike Newport and Aquidneck Island Planning Commission will continue public engagement through the Community Forum series. To be included on the listserve for interested residents, please  email jared@aquidneckplanning.org
 
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