Happiness is ditching the car, enjoying the ride, and skipping the traffic and parking hassles. As the Newport stopover seeks to demonstrate leadership in the Volvo Ocean Race as the most environmentally-responsible port, Sail Newport is partnering with local nonprofit Bike Newport to support active transportation to the event. Here's how to BIKE to the Volvo Ocean Race:
Park n' Bike at two locations
Feel free to park anywhere in Newport where long-term parking is permitted – be sure to check signs for restrictions. Or, you can head straight to our two dedicated "Park n' Bike" lots
1. Bike Newport, 437 Broadway, Newport
Bike Newport is a very convenient location if arriving from the bridge or from the north. There is no charge for parking, though donations to your fab host – Bike Newport – are always welcome and will support bike education and road sharing initiatives. Parking is first come, first served.
Driving directions to 437 Broadway parking lot from the Newport Pell Bridge: Take the 114 North/Fall River/Cape Cod exit off the bridge. (Do not take the downtown Newport exit.) At the end of the ramp, take a left on Admiral Kalbfus Rd. Travel .6 miles and take a right on Broadway, then .3 miles to #437 on the left. Look for a "Park n' Bike" sign marking the driveway. Park in our lot and ride the 5 miles to Fort Adams, looking for the yellow cyclist road signs along the way.
2. Newport County YMCA, 792 Valley Road, Middletown
Thanks to our partners at the Y who have offered their third lot (highest up the hill where you'll see the "Park n' Bike" signs) for cycling visitors. Please do not park in the first or second lot. There is no charge, and spots are first come, first served.
BIKE ROUTES to and from Fort Adams
Yellow Bike Newport cyclist signs will mark the route from 437 Broadway – follow him (her?) to Fort Adams! We highly recommend you also check the maps below. You can pull them all up on your phone. Happy cycling! Reminder – bring lights!!! You'll likely be heading home in the dark.
AT FORT ADAMS: Bike Parking
Talk about premiere parking! When you arrive at Fort Adams, go ahead and pass all the cars backed up and out of the park, and bike all the way in until you see the complimentary bike parking. There will be bike racks for 300 bicyclists throughout the Newport stopover.
Riding Safe is Riding Happy
Please be aware that Newport in the summer is congested and drivers can be distracted. You should expect heavier traffic during major events and festivals like the Volvo Ocean Race. Ride carefully, pay extra attention and give yourself plenty of time to ride over. Remember, the same rules apply to cars and bicycles. Obey all traffic signs and signals and be sure to follow the direction of traffic on all streets, including, perhaps especially, on our charming historic narrow one-way roads.
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