Clancy Creative/4 Bridges Ride

The fifth annual 4 Bridges Ride, sponsored by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, will take place on Sunday, September 17th.

Cyclists will have an opportunity to pedal across four of Aquidneck Island’s  Newport County’s major bridges in a 26-mile course that will provide stunning views and a tour of some of Rhode Island’s most beautiful coastal communities. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Save the Bay in their efforts to protect and conserve Narragansett Bay, and the event is produced by Gray Matter Marketing.

The ride will begin at 7 am at the Park & Ride on Route 1A in North Kingstown. Participants will cross the Verrazzano, Pell, Sakonnet and Mt. Hope Bridges, and finish near the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol. The bridges vary in height and grade, the highest and steepest being the Pell Bridge with a height of 207 feet and an incline grade of 4.8%.

All participants are required to register prior to the event, wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws throughout the course. While strict safety measures are in place throughout the course, no roads will be closed to traffic during this ride. Registration to participate in the ride is now open and volunteer opportunities are also available, more information at http://www.4bridgesride.com/.

“A ride of this nature requires tremendous planning and the cooperation of all seven communities, their police departments, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Rhode Island State Police and from all participants and volunteers. The Gray Matter Marketing Team, RITBA and all of the event partners are looking forward to safe and fun event!,” a press release issued by Gray Matter Marketing states.

For more information and to register for the ride visit www.4bridgesride.com. Online registration will close on Thursday at midnight.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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