2017-06-29 / Around Town

Bike Friendly Business of the Year


Bari Freeman of Bike Newport presents the 2017 Bike Friendly Business of the Year award to Nicole Maser and Christina Lancier of Panera Bread. Bari Freeman of Bike Newport presents the 2017 Bike Friendly Business of the Year award to Nicole Maser and Christina Lancier of Panera Bread. For the fifth year, Bike Newport used the occasion of “National Bike to Work Day” to present the annual Bike Friendly Business of the Year Award. This year, the award went to Panera Bread for demonstrating a commitment to improved biking in Newport, for installing a high capacity bike rack, for honoring Art Weekley, a cycling enthusiast customer who lost his life while biking, and for providing refreshments at numerous bike events.

The award is a gilded bike wheel, created by renowned sculptors and local residents Howard and Mary Newman. Past recipients include Jane Pickens Theater (2013), Preservation Society of Newport County (2014), Newport County YMCA (2015), and Butch Murray and the Fastnet Pub (2016).

“National Bike to Work Day” also saw the unveiling of two new self-service bike repair stations for 24/7 air and adjustments. Cyclists can find the tools needed to fill tires and tighten nuts at Bike Newport, 62 Broadway, and at Ash Mart, 2 Carroll Ave. Additional stations will be coming soon to Thompson Middle School, the Gateway Visitors Center and Florence Gray Community Center.

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