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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ride Info

Elliot Kaminitz

Elliot Kaminitz (1946-2012)

Our Dad was an amazing individual - a devoted husband, loving father and doting Papa who treasured family above all else. During his 40-years as a community dentist, Dad was known as a gentle individual, loved by patients and staff. Striving every day to provide the utmost in care, he improved the smiles of thousands of people.

In retirement, he happily pursued his favorite passions – teaching Chinese cuisine, leading historic tours of Newport, and staying fit through a healthy active lifestyle.

Dad loved to bicycle. And when he died tragically in June 2012, he was riding the roads he loved adjacent to the beaches he loved – a road now graced with a much safer dedicated bike lane.

We know that the bike lane, too late for our father, is the promise of a safer cycling experience for future riders. We want to see more progress here in Newport and across Aquidneck Island.

Our hope above all is that the annual Elliot Kaminitz Fathers Day Ride will honor our father, raise awareness of bike safety initiatives, and raise funds needed to make these improvements happen.

Thank you for supporting more, better and safer cycling! And for helping to keep our father’s legacy alive.

With love,
Adam Kaminitz, Ilicia Kaminitz Strasser, Jon Strasser


Unable to make this year's ride? Donations in memory of Elliot Kaminitz and in support of more, better and safer bicycling can be made here to Bike Newport. There is also the option to register as "There in Spirit."

Support bike safety. Be a Father's Day Ride Sponsor.

Ride Info

June 21, 2015 | Registration opens: 7:00am

Multiple ride starts: See schedule below


Join Bike Newport and hundreds of cyclists as we ride Newport County's scenic coastline while celebrating the life and passion of Dr. Elliot Kaminitz. The third annual Elliot Kaminitz Father's Day Ride will be held on June 21, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. With a range of distances from 6, 10 and 25 miles, riders of all levels can participate. We are also engaging young cyclists with a Kids "Tour de Fort", sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. This youth program and activity area will be hosted inside the walls of Fort Adams State Park, which will provide a fun and safe environment for kids and parents to participate.

All three ride options start and finish inside Fort Adams State Park. Following the ride, food and beverages will be available for participants. Riders are encouraged to choose the distance that suits their abilities.

"There in Spirit": Can't get to Newport, but want to participate? Join us in spirit! Sign up and take a ride with your family and friends wherever you are on Father's Day morning. Send us a photo and/or tag the Father's Day Ride! Don't let the distance keep you from supporting Elliot's legacy of more, better and safer cycling.

Proceeds from this event support Bike Newport's bicycle safety programs.

For more information about supporting the 2015 Father's Day Ride:
Bike Newport: (401) 619-4900,

Ride Schedule

Saturday, June 20th:

• 3:00-6:00pm: Late registration and check-in at Bike Newport HQ, 437 Broadway, Newport

Sunday, June 21st:

• 7:00am: Late registration opens on site
• 7:00am: 45-minute yoga warmup with Newport Yogis (BYO mat or towel, and feel free to leave it in the Safe Keeping Area)
7:45am: Welcome
• 8:00am: Ride start 25-milers
• 8:00am: Newport Yogis will begin sun salutations that all can join in before they roll out. Open to all people, all ages, to come and go.
• 8:30am: Ride start 10-milers and Bay Walk
• 8:45am: Ride start 6-milers
• 8:45am: Tour de Fort opens

The 6-mile loop will be coned and police-escorted. Pedicabs are available, but must be reserved by Thursday, June 18th. The 10- and 25-mile loops will be marked with yellow signs and road marks. Riders must be comfortable riding with traffic and follow all road signs and signals.

Ride Rules

• Helmet required.
• Signed waiver required for all riders will be included in registration (read here).
• Ride right, single file.
• Use hand signals.
• Obey all road signs and signals.
• Read more about local ordinances and state bike laws here.

Father's Day Ride Video:


Online registration ends at 2:30pm on Saturday, 6/20. You can still register in person on Saturday, 6/20 from 3:00-6:00pm at Bike Newport (437 Broadway, Newport) or the morning of the event starting at 7:00am.

The registration fee includes full route support for the Father's Day Ride courses as well as post- event food and entertainment. Post ride festivities will be held on the Parade Field inside Fort Adams.

This year, for the first time, no one will miss the ride for financial reasons. There is a “fee waiver request” on the registration form as well as the opportunity for riders to sponsor other riders. Everyone who wants to ride will be able to ride. Our goal is to get more families and individuals of all ages and abilities to participate and to ensure that no one is denied the chance to ride.

Children who are registered to ride can participate in the open rides, however they are not required to do so. All children are welcome to participate in our "Tour de Fort" activities.

Early Bird Discount

Save 15% on all ticket purchases by registering by April 30th! Enter "FDREARLYBIRD" at checkout.

Registration Fees *Same price for all route distances and "There in Spirit"









• All Bike Newport members receive 15% off their registration. Email Liza for your coupon code. For Bike Newport membership information please visit
• Children must be under 18 years old. Students must present a valid student ID.
• Registration fees include food & beverage.
• Proceeds from this event will benefit Bike Newport.


Free Bike Rentals

The following local rental shops will provide rental bikes FREE OF CHARGE to ride participants. Bikes must be picked up on Saturday afternoon and returned after the ride on Sunday. Click on shops listed here for more information.

Rental Shops:
Hooley: single speed beach cruisers
Mansion Rentals: seven speed cruisers
Newport Bicycle: hybrids and road bikes
Ten Speed Spokes: road bikes


Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the ride. Positions include registration, route marking, assisting with the Kids Tour de Fort, and more. Please email us your interest - we’d love to have your help!


Kids Tour de Fort

Sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation

In addition to the on-road ride options, this wonderful family event includes activities for the younger set - safely inside Fort Adams. The "Kids Tour de Fort" engages younger children and their parents with multiple stations for bike checks, helmet fitting, and on-bike skills. Using a passport to track progress, the "Tour" culminates with loops of the Fort Parade Route to track miles - 3x around = 1 mile! Parents are happy, kids have a great time. The "Kids Tour de Fort" is run by Bike Newport's Education Director and a team of instructors and volunteers.



Newport Pedicab

Would you like to participate in the Father's Day Ride but are not able to? Our awesome sponsors Newport Pedicab have offered to do the pedaling for you! Just sign up for the ride using the link below and email us here and we will make it happen!

Suggested contribution to Bike Newport: $50. Must reserve in advance.


Route Maps

The 2015 Father's Day Ride will feature three fun and scenic courses. The 25-mile route begins at 8:00am, the 10-mile route begins at 8:30, and the 6-mile route begins at 8:45. We encourage riders to choose the course that best suits their ability and endurance. All courses will start and finish in Fort Adams State Park.


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Printable PDF


Bay Walk

Not a cyclist? You can still take part in the Father's Day Ride while enjoying a scenic stroll on the Bay Walk. This 2.2 mile course features views of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. Course Map


Fort Adams

Make history come alive for every member of your family. Just a short ride, drive or a water taxi ride across Newport Harbor stands the largest coastal fortification in the United States. Visit this engineering and architectural masterpiece to see where the soldiers lived, enter the casemates, explore the tunnel system, and climb the bastions for breathtaking views. Consider renting the Fort with its 6-acre parade field or North lawn on the water for your special function.


Bike Newport’s mission is to improve, encourage and facilitate bicycling in Newport for the health and well-being of our youth and families and as a viable and enjoyable method of transportation for residents and visitors.

Bike Newport is a domestic non-profit organization registered in the State of Rhode Island in November of 2011. The organization’s fiscal sponsor is Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.


Contact Us

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about this event!

Sponsor Inquiries

Ilicia Kaminitz Strasser
Honorary Event Chair, (617) 256-7075

Bari Freeman, Bike Newport
Executive Director, (401) 619-4900

General Inquiries

Liza Burkin, Bike Newport
Program Manager (401) 619-4900


Partners & Sponsors

Please contact Bari Freeman if you are interested in partnering with this event.

2015 Presenting Sponsors


Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors!

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Thanks to our Community Partners!

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