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The Bike Barn campus, located on Sunset Blvd adjacent to Miantonomi Park, is a public space, excellent for bike riding in a safe, off-street area. The free community event – The Big Blue Bike Barn will be held there on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023, from 2 to 5pm, and it will be a fun-filled afternoon with food, music and activities for everyone.
The Bike Barn campus is a hub of bicycle activity, complemented by food gardens, a pump track, and park trails that make for awesome family fun. The campus resulted from Bike Newport’s collaboration with numerous community partners, including Newport Housing Authority, the City of Newport, and Aquidneck Community Table.
The Saturday event will celebrate their partners, donors, and volunteers who helped build the Bike Barn campus along with bikers and the interested general public. There will be music, food, and lots of bikes – including some bikes to borrow – so you can ride the Pump Track and explore the trails of Miantonomi Park.
The site has evolved and now includes three converted shipping containers painted by members of the Newport community. Two larger containers hold bicycles and program equipment. The third container holds all the equipment for our on-site community gardens.
The program area has modular tables and benches fabricated from locally sourced wood.
The Pump Track is a 1/2-acre of hills and valleys for kids and grown-ups to have a two-wheelin’ good time – safely far from traffic.
The campus crown is a beautiful two-tiered wooden canopy designed by architecture students at Roger Williams University and built with the help of numerous community experts.
Many partners provided generous funding, including BankNewport, Bazarsky Family Foundation, Bloom Family, CDBG grants, The Champlin Foundation, de Ramel Foundation, EJMP Fund for Philanthropy, Greenbridge Charitable Fund, Gruben Charitable Foundation, Hamilton Family Foundation, Kaminitz Family Foundation, LISC, Merritt Fund, Ocean State Charities Trust, People for Bikes, Powered by Prince, Rhode Island Foundation, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, and many others.
The event is RAIN OR SHINE!
To stay updated on the Big Blue Bike Barn Celebration, stay tuned here at bikenewportri.org and on their social media pages – @bikenewportri.