Bike Newport has announced that their annual winter fundraiser, Bike Newport Night, will take place on Thursday, March 16th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Midtown Oyster Bar.

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

 
This year’s event will raise funds for “COMMUNITY BIKE PROJECTS” – helping restore and distribute hundreds of collected bicycles citywide! Bicycles are donated and collected year-round from recycling days, basement cleanups, abandonment, and more. Community participants and volunteers work to restore the bikes using shared tools, know-how, and parts at the Bike Newport Bike Garage. After a busy summer at a fantastic but temporary location on Spring Street, the Bike Garage is now in full swing at the organization’s new HQ directly opposite City Hall. With a full basement dedicated to an ever-changing inventory of recovered bicycles, Bike Newport staff and volunteers are working with individuals and agencies citywide to get these bikes back on the road, and people back in the saddle.

 
Everyone is invited to come out to Bike Newport Night on March 16th to support this effort.

 
The party is once again generously hosted by Midtown Oyster Bar with help from Common Fence Music and entertainment by the Slackwater String Band and Los Duderinos.  Midtown’s manager, Charlie Holder is ready, “We love hosting this event. Biking is a real solution in Newport – and we want to be part of it. Making this party is what we do best! We invite everyone to come out, eat oysters, and share the bike love!”

Back by popular demand is Velosprints – where partygoers get to hop on bikes and try to beat their friends in a 30-second sprint to the finish. Projected times and audience cheers amp up the excitement while the bands play on. Thanks to our friends at the RI Bicycle Coalition for providing the equipment.

Dozens of area businesses provide raffle and silent auction items packaged up into bountiful baskets to help raise the needed funds. Everyone in attendance is eligible for the Grand Prize Giveaway – a beautiful new bicycle donated by Ten Speed Spokes. Ten Speed Spokes’ owner Tom Kearns is enthusiastic about the event, “Bike Newport and the Community Bike Projects do a great job getting more people using bikes for local transportation. We’re thrilled to support them. Come on down – and good luck winning the grand prize bike!”

“Bike Newport Night is a great winter tradition,” says Bike Newport’s director Bari Freeman. “Fun, food, friends, music, prizes, racing, and lots of oysters! This is our chance to shine the spotlight on progress and have a great time together while building support for more and better biking. We know it will be another night to remember all year.”
The party starts at 6pm on Thursday, March 16th. Admission is $30 and tickets can be purchased in advance at www.bikenewportri.org.

For more information and to contribute to the Silent Auction, contact Bike Newport at (401) 619-4900 or Brian Sweeney at brian@bikenewportri.org.

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