Newport is becoming more bicycle friendly—one rack at time.
In an effort spearheaded by community group BikeNewport.me, Newport will be spotted with 14 new bike racks around the city, thanks to donations from residents and local businesses.
Originally, the Steel Yard of Providence offered BikeNewport.me a baker's dozen. If they could raise the money for 12 racks, the custom metal work organization promised to throw in another rack free of charge donated to the city.
BikeNewport.me did them one better, and the inaugural 12 became 13, thanks to a donation by the .
The Pickens recently had its bike rack installed, which unlike the anchor-inspired designs of the other racks, is a gate-like structure that can accommodate several bicyclists.
Fourteen racks is just the beginning, according to Bari George, of BikeNewport.me. She said there are more racks to come, as well as 28 bicycle signs that will be installed around the city, which are funded by Narragansett Bay Wheelmen.
The has been a total community effort, George said.