On August 5th, both of Newport’s Pedicab Companies, Newport Pedicab and Pirate Pedicab, teamed up to participate in the 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

More than 20 local pedicabbers came together to not only show support for all those living and fighting ALS but also for one of their own, Bobby Forster. Forster has long been involved with the local and national pedicab scene, in 2014 he was diagnosed with ALS at just 26 years old.

All are welcome to donate to and/or make their own video, help keep the momentum going!

A message from Mike Kowalczyk, General Manager of Newport Pedicab;

“All of the pedicab super-fans know our man Bobby Bicycles. What some of you may not know is that this local legend / 26 year old was diagnosed with ALS this past fall and is currently fighting the battle of a lifetime.

We love you, Bob. Always know you are never alone, not even close.

Pirate Pedicab and Newport Pedicab challenge Boston Pedicab, Need A Ride Pedicabs and National Pedicabs. You have 24 hours to donate $100 and/or complete our challenge!

Please donate or spread the word to those who you know can. ALS.NET”


Editor’s Note: Ryan from the What’sUpNewp Crew had the honor of being among those pouring water on these pedicabbers.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.