A Ride for EVERYONE!
Sunday June 10th, 2018, 9:00am-1.00pm
Billed as “A Ride For Everyone!”, Elliot’s Ride seeks to bring lots of people together to ride along the ocean. “People who ride there every day and people who’ve never ridden there before,” – www.elliotsride.org.
Elliot’s Ride for Everyone is a FREE, all-day bicycle event for every age, every skill, everyone! Come out and ride along Newport’s scenic ocean coastline! Whether it’s your first time, or your favorite ride, this is the day to celebrate the joy of bike riding together. Or choose to WALK the two-mile, scenic Harbor Walk loop.
“We’re going to remove every obstacle to getting there,” shared event coordinator Niko Merritt. “Buses and group rides will help get people to the park; we’ll have skills training for new riders; and you can even earn a bike at Bike Newport if you don’t have one! Our goal is to get lots of folks to Fort Adams to ride along the ocean together – including people like me who had not ridden seaside until recently!”
Elliot’s Ride – a true community experience – is sponsored by BankNewport and the RIDOT Department of Highway Safety, co-produced by Bike Newport and the Newport County YMCA, and hosted by the RI Department of Environmental Management.
Registration is FREE. There is no fee to participate. “Elliot’s Ride” will raise funds for bike safety education programs through donations and will support joint programs by Bike Newport and the Newport County YMCA. These two organizations work together to help more people choose biking for both transportation and recreation – for health, equity, connectivity, economy, quality of life and quality of place.
Elliot’s Ride honors Elliot Kaminitz, who lost his life while biking near Easton’s Beach in 2012. His wife, Renee Kaminitz became a board member at Bike Newport and an advocate for safer cycling, “Elliot would so greatly support this event, this movement. He wanted to see more people on bikes while shining a spotlight on the importance of road safety. We hope that everyone will come out for Elliot’s Ride and together we’ll show what’s possible for community health and happiness.”
This year, riders will have the option of either a 6, 10, or 20 mile route. Bike Newport marshals and the Newport Police will be stationed along the route to provide assistance and keep the ride rolling safely and smoothly.
In addition to the ride, the kids “Tour de Fort” will be a special area of activities dedicated to kids and bicycles, safety and fun. Inside historic Fort Adams the kids will have their own ride. Bike Newport’s team of instructors and volunteers will help kids and their grown-ups with bike checkups, helmet fitting, on-bike skills and riding fun. There will also be plenty of refreshments, music, yoga and other activities.