2018-05-24 / Around Town

From Bagels to Bridges


Alba and Juan Campos owner's of Leo's Market and winners of 2018 Bike Friendly Business of the Year. Alba and Juan Campos owner's of Leo's Market and winners of 2018 Bike Friendly Business of the Year. It was a busy day for bikes in front of City Hall on Broadway, from the first bikes arriving to the annual Bike Commuter Breakfast, to the last to depart on the police-escorted bell-ringing Ride Round Town.

The big news of the day was the announcement of the bridge bike shuttle. Partners Bike Newport, R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority, Discover Newport, and the YMCA together presented a new project to get bicyclists across the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazano Bridges. Beginning June 23 a free service will be in place on Saturdays through the summer season to shuttle bicyclists from Newport to Jamestown to North Kingstown, making three rounds each day. Reservations will be made online at ribridgebikeshuttle.com.

Eric Offenberg, Director of Engineering at RITBA, explained, "If you want to ride around Jamestown and then continue on to Narragansett, or you want to come to Jamestown and continue on to Newport, you'll be able to get across and know you have a way back across the bridges."


Evan Smith CEO of Discover Newport with Bike Friendly Business of the Year Award. Evan Smith CEO of Discover Newport with Bike Friendly Business of the Year Award. "Whether they're coming from Connecticut or Key West, whether they're going to Newport or the Cape or Canada, we want to make sure that our bridges don't get in the way of cyclists passing through Aquidneck Island," said Bari Freeman, Bike Newport Executive Director.

City Councilor, Jaime Bova, is liaison to the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. She reported on the commission's progress in making recommendations to the Council regarding the best bike share options for the City. The commission is also completing a review of the city's ordinances related to bicycles and pedestrians and making recommendations for improvements.

In the morning, bike commuters from NUWC, Naval Station Newport, Newport Hospital, Preservation Society, Newport Public Schools and many other local employers, enjoyed refreshments and camaraderie of fellow cyclists.

Bike Newport presented an afternoon review of bike friendly progress that included a status update of the First Mile Bikeway, which is now bundled in planning with the site plan for the Pell Bridge ramp realignment, and updates on the building of the Big Blue Bike Barn, an education hub to be located on Newport Housing Authority property on the north side of Miantonomi Park.

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