News and events from Bike Newport
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Planning for
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

Earlier this month, the RI Department of Transportation (RIDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and VHB (Transportation Planners) came to Newport to engage Bike Newport and other RI agencies in discussions of bicycle and pedestrian safety, intended to lead to local and statewide Vulnerable Users of the Roadway Safety Action Plans. The three days of workshops were held at the Newport Police Department and used Newport as a model for planning safer roads and road sharing.  Pictured (l-r) Eric Earls, City of Newport; Corey Bobba, FHWA; Wellington Hall, RIDOT; Jeffrey Martins, RIDOT; Jacinda Russell, FHWA; Craig Hochman, City of Providence; Peter Pavao, VHB; Maureen McHugh, RIDOT; Bari George, Bike Newport; Bob Rocchio, RIDOT; Sean Raymond, RIDOT; Deanna Casey, AARP; Dan Nabors, VHB

October Group Rides!

Alternate Saturdays and Sundays, meeting at 8:45am, averaging 12-15 miles, and suited to various speeds and styles. For details please visit the Bike Newport Calendar.
Saturday 10/6 Middletown Beaches
Sunday 10/14 Ocean Drive 
Saturday 10/20 Middletown Beaches 
Sunday 10/28 Bristol 
Oct 5th
Head to Providence for the New England Builders Ball and see the work of some of the world’s best bicycle makers.  Admission is $3, and the event runs from 7 to 10 pm with live music, cash bar, and some fun surprises.  Proceeds benefit the East Coast Greenway Alliance - developing a 3,000 mile multiuse trail from Canada to Key West.
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

Engage Newport is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the City’s services and plans and to have fun engaging with the City by the Sea. There will be raffles, quizzes and entertainment for all the family to enjoy. Find out what to do in an emergency, how to register to vote, what you can recycle, and what are the rules of road sharing for both motorists and cyclists.  For more information contact Melissa Barker at (401) 845-5473 or mbarker@cityofnewport.com.

We'll soon be posting a schedule of free bike safety "Smart Cycling" classes for residents of Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth.  Please click HERE to express your interest and your preferences, and we'll notify you as soon as the schedule is set.  You can also alert us to your interest in holding classes or workshops at your workplace.

Bike Newport Strategy Sessions

We've just completed the first of two strategy sessions engaging a wide variety of stakeholders in conversations to help confirm Bike Newport's goals, priorities and programs as we transition into our next chapter of improving and encouraging bicycling in Newport and on Aquidneck Island.  The 30+ participants represent local cyclists and advocates, City administration, City Council, Newport Police Department, School Committee, Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, Newport Hospital, St. Michael's School, Social Venture Partners, bike shops, the hospitality industry, health and wellness experts, conservation experts, students and more. We are grateful to be part of such an engaged and collaborative community of supporters!

Oct 3rd:  Bike to School

Did you know that kids who are physically active get better grades? Read the full report HERE.
Let’s get our kids moving and brighten their mornings by encouraging them to walk and bike to school. Make your commitment now to Walk or Bike to School on Wednesday, October 3! You can review Safe Cycling rules and laws HERE.

Oct 6th and 7th

Check out world-class bike racing and great deals on bikes and bike paraphernalia at a huge bike swap.  The Providence Cyclocross Festival, held at Roger Williams Park, is billed as the "not-to-miss Cross destination of 2012" and features a massive consumer and industry expo, expanded food court and fun for kids and families alike!

 

Oct 14th

Bring your bikes and digital cameras and join Caster's Bicycles for their First Annual Bicycle Scavenger Hunt on the east side of Providence. Registration is $10 per person and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition.Event starts at Lippitt Park (1015 Hope Street) and ends at Caster's, 212 Fourth Street.  More information HERE.

Oct 19th and 20th

What is the future for Washington Square, our historic City center? Be part of a Community Charette to consider the future of Washington Square, our historic City Center.  Discussions will include economic development, preservation, bikeability and walkability, and much more.  Friday, 10/19 6-7:30p at the Jane Pickens Theater, and Saturday, 10/20 from 10am-3pm at Thompson Middle School. For more information, email WashingtonSqRoots@gmail.com. 

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