Whether you're looking for a light and leisurely ride or something a bit more challenging, Newport offers some of the most scenic paths for exploring on two wheels. Cover more ground and avoid parking with these resources for exploring The Classic Coast by bike.
The following information is courtesy of bikenewport.org
Road Sharing, Safety & the Law - Whether you’re walking, riding or driving, follow these simple rules of the road:
- Stop at Stop Signs & Red Lights: Obey All traffic signs, they apply to bikes as well as cars.
- Ride in the Same Direction as Traffic: Observe one-way streets. It’s against the law to ride the wrong way, and cars will not expect you to be there.
- Use Lights at Night: See and be seen! Lights make you more visible on the road. Wear bright clothes and reflectivity.
- Wear a Helmet: Helmets are required for people up to 15 years old and recommended for everyone. Protect your head.
- Ride on the Road, Not on the Sidewalk: Children 13 years old and younger may ride on the sidewalk. Everyone should always walk on busy sidewalks.
- Communicate With Cars: Use hand signals to show where you are going & what you are doing. Watch for signals from car drivers that you’ve been seen.
For a full list of bike safety tips, provided by Bike Newport, click here.
FIND A BIKE
62 Broadway, Newport
Bike Newport is a local non-profit that focuses on bicycle safety and education. They provide bike rentals that come with a helmet and a lock, starting at $30 for the half day - perfect for cruising through this city by the sea.
12 Christie's Landing, Newport
In addition to scoot coupes, kayaks, surfboards and more, Scooter World also offers bike rentals for 10-speed bicycles in a variety of styles. Free delivery is available for parties of 10 or more.
TEN SPEED SPOKES
18 Elm Street, Newport
Ten Speed Spokes, located in downtown Newport, offers a selection of hybrid and commuter bikes that can be rented for as little as $7 per hour. Each rental includes a helmet and lock.
4 Spring Wharf, Newport
Your Newport adventure starts at Island Adventures. Effortlessly cruise Ocean Drive and see the Mansions up close with the convenience of in-store pickup or delivery from this new, locally owned rental shop, stocked with all your island necessities. E-Bikes, Bikes, and classic Beach Cruisers - all available for rent by the day, and by the hour.
LITTLE COMPTON ADVENTURES
29 E View Dr, Little Compton
Located in picturesque Little Compton with miles of quiet roads and some of the best biking in New England, Little Compton Adventures will create custom tours for you, or you can rent a bike and explore on your own.
FORT ADAMS BAY WALK
The Fort Adams Bay Walk is a 2.5-mile loop around the perimeter of Fort Adams State Park, providing unparalleled scenic views of Newport's Harbor, the Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay.
Cruise down the 10-mile shoreline-drive in Newport featuring panoramic ocean views. Along the way, stop at Brenton Point State Park, plant your blanket in the ground and enjoy the ocean breeze.
Various bike loops exist throughout the area, including the 10-mile Middletown Beach Loop offering a scenic start at Second Beach in Middletown and traveling to Third Beach, down to Wapping Road and around to Prospect Avenue, eventually ending back at Second Beach. More loops through our various coastal communities can be found here.
Looking for more? Check out this detailed map—thanks to Bike Newport—of the best places for biking around town.
EAST BAY BIKE PATH
The East Bay Bike Path weaves through coves, marshes, parks and bridges offering a scenic journey from Providence to Bristol along the shore of Narragansett Bay.
PARK & RIDE
Park & Ride lots located around town are free of charge to anyone who parks a vehicle. Trade four wheels for two when you park your car and hop on your bike for a scenic ride into town.
ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL
109 Old Fort Road, Newport
Open year-round (except for the Saturday right before, or on, March 17th as the City of Newport uses the lot for St. Patrick's Day Parade operations.)
This parking area is convenient for exploring the southern region of Newport, including Fort Adams State Park and Ocean Drive. There is no charge for parking. Please park by the tennis courts.
*Please note: Rogers High School is currently under renovation, parking may be temporarily unavaible.
NEWPORT COUNTY YMCA
792 Valley Road, Middletown
Open May 1 – September 1
Park your vehicle at Newport County YMCA in Middletown in their third lot (located at the top of the hill, designated by “Park n’ Bike” signs) for cycling visitors.
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