Bike Newport to Help City Be More Bike Friendly

The council commended Bike Newport's education efforts and invited the group to help the city accommodate bicyclists.

The Newport City Council passed a resolution Wednesday night commending Bike Newport for its initiatives and achievements, and inviting the organization to assist the city in making Newport more bikeable.

The resolution requested Bike Newport to assist in educating motorists and cyclists on how to share the road, and helping Newport achieve recognition as a bicycle friendly community.

Rhode Island is one of only two states in the country without a certified "Bicycle Friendly Community," defined by the League of American Bicyclists, as a community that "welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation." 

The Bicycle Friendly Community Program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that take an active role in supporting bicycling. 

Overall, Rhode Island ranks 28 out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states. Rhode Island received a C for bicycle legislation, an F for policies and programs, an F for infrastructure, a D for education and encouragement, a D for evaluation and planning, and a B for enforcement. 

Bike Newport works with city schools, community organizations and the League of American Bicyclists to educate the community on bicycle safety skills. The organization also trains bicycling advocates to be certified cycling instructors.

Bari George, founder of Bike Newport, thanked the council for its support and involvement during the meeting. “Thank you for recognizing biking as more than a fun pastime,” she said.

George said biking has a positive impact on just about every aspect in the community, from health to preservation to transportation. Nearly everywhere in Newport is within biking or walking distance, she added.

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William Gayle May 10, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I can't tell you how many times I've gotten hit by cars because people aren't paying attetion
Marc Mathis May 17, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I was crossing America's Cup Ave. on foot two summers ago, at the crosswalk by Bannister's Wharf. Traffic was gridlocked, as summer would typically have it, and so the long line of vehicles stopped on my right obstructed my view of the bike lane behind them. Naturally, as I reached the end of the crosswalk, there was a man who appeared to be attempting to break the land speed record on his bicycle hurtling right at me in the bike lane. I jumped back and missed him by inches, as he pedaled on past screaming vulgarities at me and possibly shaking an angry fist—I don't know for sure that he wasn't just signaling a left turn, but the vulgarities are a fact. I found it an interesting gray area in crosswalk policy; I would imagine bicycles are required to stop at them just the same as cars.


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