Bike Newport fundraiser to benefit bike-friendly programs


NEWPORT – In its fifth year, Bike Newport Night 2016 is raising funds for dedicated bike-friendly initiatives on March 3.

The event, which has a $20 admission fee, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Midtown Oyster Bar, 345 Thames St.

“Bike Newport Night is our best chance to party for our mission,” says Bike Newport’s Director Bari Freeman. “With great fun, great music, great friends, and prizes and oysters abounding, this is our chance to celebrate the partnerships, the progress and the promise of being bike-friendly and bike-safe. We hope it will be a night to remember all year.”

Funds raised at past Bike Newport Nights have supported bike educator training, the distribution of night safety equipment, the purchase of high-capacity event bike racks and the advocacy to achieve the much-needed, off-road bike path in Newport.

This year’s event, dubbed “Spread the Ed,” will raise funds for bike and road user safety education. Bike Newport is working with schools, businesses, community organizations, automobile associations, bus companies and more to improve knowledge and agreements among bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Funds will support developing school curriculum and training more and more instructors.

Midtown’s Manager, Charlie Holder, notes: “We want to be part of bike progress in Newport, and hosting Bike Newport Night for the third year in a row is what we do best! We hope lots of folks will come out, eat oysters and share the bike love!”

There will be bands and other forms of entertainment, as well as a raffle and silent auction and a grand prize giveaway – a Cannondale Quick 6 bike donated by Newport Bicycle and sized to fit the winner. Owner Christina Erwin adds, “We are glad to support opportunities that help everyone to get the skills and knowledge to ride safely. So, ‘Spread the Ed’ and good luck winning the Cannondale!”

For more information, contact Bike Newport at 401-619-4900 or Mary Ellen Lynch at