Free Smart Cycling Class

Looking to increase your bicycling confidence on the road? Thinking about how to avoid obstacles, hazards and oblivious tourists? Sign up for the FREE 3-Hour Smart cycling class on Wed 7/18 6-9pm

Bike Newport is offering a FREE three-hour Bicycle Safety Class to Residents of Aquidneck Island (age 18+):

Smart Cycling: Traffic 101, Wednesday, July 18, 6-9 p.m. at the Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Avenue.

Register HERE. First come, first served. Class size limited to 15.

Summer is the time to leave the car home and head out on two wheels! Enjoy the view, breathe the fresh air, be closer to the sights, and don’t stress the parking challenges. But if you’re riding with motorized traffic, you best know the tricks of the trade and the rules of the road.

How do you position yourself in a single lane road lined by parked cars? How do you avoid getting “doored”?  What do you do when there’s no shoulder? How do you achieve the highest visibility? How can you avoid sudden road hazards? And (insert drum roll here) how do you change a flat tire?

Bike Newport is beginning a season of free classes for residents of Aquidneck Island to learn the basics of riding in traffic.  The first Smart Cycling class is for adults (18+) and will take place on Wednesday, July 18, from 6 p.m.  at the Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.  The class is limited to 15 participants and will be filled first come, first served. Register HERE.

Participants will be asked to bring bicycle and helmet, as well as clothing and lights suitable for nighttime riding for a "test" of nighttime visibility.

The class will be led by Bike Newport’s LCIs (League Certified Instructors), a group of dedicated volunteers trained by the League of American Bicyclists. 

Providing bicycle safety and smart cycling classes helps Bike Newport to further its mission to improve and encourage bicycling in Newport in the best interest of our health, economy, environment and historic preservation. For more information, please email info@bikenewportri.org or call (401) 324-9690. 

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nmb July 16, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I have to say, I think that the designation of bikes as vehicles needs to be rethought. There have been several fatal bike/car accidents this year alone but I've never heard of a fatal bike/pedestrian accident. Drivers are naturally unaccustomed to look behind and to the right when making a right hand turn, yet this and other similar situations are how accidents occur. Bikes & pedestrians peacefully coexist on bike paths and vehicles are accustomed to looking out for pedestrians so I say, widen the side walks, add a bike lane there, and have bikers follow pedestrian rules.
Bari Freeman July 17, 2012 at 03:25 AM
NMB - the designation of bicycles as vehicles on roads is law, not opinion. Bike Paths provide traffic-free riding. We have some of the nicest Bike Paths in the country right here in Rhode Island - the Bristol Bike Path, South County Bike Path, East Bay Bike Path, Blackstone Valley Bike Path ... We hope one day to have an Aquidneck Island Bike Path riding up the West Shore of the island and connecting with Bristol. But to ride on the road, cyclists need to behave like cars and understand how to position the bicycle in traffic. A bicycle should never be on the right side of a car that is turning right. How to avoid that situation has to do with road positioning and is what we cover in the Traffic 101 Class. I hope you'll join us.
Robert E July 17, 2012 at 07:00 AM
It's not just unsafe it's illegal you can't just pick and choose wich laws you feel like obeying if everybody on the road did this there would be total chaos.
Robert E July 17, 2012 at 07:12 AM
San Francisco Cyclist Faces Manslaughter Charges In Elderly Man’s Death The San Francisco District Attorney has issued an arrest warrant for the bicyclist accused of fatally striking an elderly pedestrian in the Castro District earlier this year. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/tag/fatal-bicycle-pedestrian-accident/ cyclists hope to find unity in safer Katy Trail after jogger's fatal collision Pedestrians, cyclists hope to find unity in safer Katy Trail after jogger's fatal collision http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20101004-Pedestrians-cyclists-hope-to-find-6690.ece Fatal bike-pedestrian crash determined to be accidental http://www.staradvertiser.com/s?action=login&f=y&id=158400815&id=158400815 Now nmb you have heard of fatal bike/pedestrian accidents.
J A Johnson July 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I wish all cyclist would take safety classes... Huge problem is a cyclist on East Main or West Main Rd!!! There is just no room and talk about dangerous... Most drivers seem to feel these routes are like highways and go way too fast and dart in and out. Both are in need of pedestrian/bike paths... but then again, in the winter, no one shovels or snowblows any of the sidewalks that ARE in existence, but that's another whole issue!! Please keep in mind, walkers, runners and cyclist, when you go into the shade you virtually dissapear from drivers especially on a bright sunny day... I cant tell you how many times I didnt even see someone who is in a shady area esp when they are wearing dark clothing.... I as a walker always keep this in mind and also keep an eye on oncoming traffic to make sure they are paying attention..


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