is dedicated to improving bicycling in Newport. What makes the cycling group special though is the way in which they have gone about accomplishing their goals to date.
The group of residents, business owners, and workers has hosted a wide array of special events designed to not only entertain and create dynamic social opportunities for bicyclists, but to help members get closer to their goals of promoting improved bicycling conditions, educate residents about bicycling safety and promote a progressive image of a bike-friendly city.
Events like Bike Newport's 2nd Sunday Bike Rides
help create a presence on the roadways and educate bicyclists about the riding conditions of local roads. The Super Bad Bike Show
earlier this year showcased a variety of bike designs in a fun and interesting way that allowed the bicycling community to intermix with others at the Newport Car Show. This Saturday November 7, the group will host the Tweed Ride
, inspired by Tweed Run in London and similar rides in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston.
The Tweed Ride will depart at 2pm from Reser Bicycle Outfitters/Fusion Studio at 648 Monmouth Street (map
) in downtown Newport. Organizers say that the six-mile course will take riders through the streets of Newport, Covington, and Cincinnati. Those who participate are strongly encouraged to show up in British period attire and come to Claddagh Irish Pub at Newport on the Levee for food, drinks and conversation afterwards. Awards will be given out for best costumes.
A $5 donation is suggested to help fund bike racks in city parks. Riders who want some help putting their outfit together are encouraged to visit Newport's Costume Gallery
at 638 Monmouth Street
Writer: Randy A. SimesPhotography by Scott Beseler
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