With 1,200,000 daffodils now in full bloom, Bike Newport, in partnership with Daffodillion, today announced that they are proceeding with their annual Tour Des Jonquilles – but with a “do it yourself” twist.

“In past years, Bike Newport has participated with the Newport Daffodil Days Festival with a daffy group bike ride through Newport. We put on our most flowery, bright yellowy garb, and bike past hundreds of thousands of daffodils,” Said Bari Freeman, Executive Director of Bike Newport in a statement. “This year, while we won’t be gathering for a group ride, we encourage individuals to get out on your bike and take a DIY tour of the daffodils.”

“Sadly, the Festival could not bloom forth this year, but the daffodils certainly did,” said John Hirschboeck, Festival Director in a statement. “Bike Newport has put together a Daffy Ride Route Map of the major plantings throughout town. Biking the route, you’ll view over half a million of the daffodils currently in bloom through April.”

The large fields of daffodils resulted from bulbs donated to the City of Newport and planted by City crews with an automatic bulb planting machine Daffodillion also donated to the City.

Some ground rules for your own Tour des Jonquilles:

·       No groups of five or more.

·       Keep your distance from others on bikes or otherwise, at least 6 feet.

·       Stay aware of the numbers (people, not flowers). If others begin crowding an area, move on.

·       Always wear a face mask when biking or walking anywhere near others.

·       Wear a helmet.

·       Don’t pick the flowers.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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