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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

8:00 a.m. June 21, 2015


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. We'll send you a tshirt and you'll promise us a photo. 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

Check in:

• Saturday 6/20: 3:00-6:00pm Bike Newport office 437 Broadway
• Sunday 6/21: 7:00-7:45am Ride Site Fort Adams, inside the Fort

Welcome: Sunday, 6/21, 7:45 am

• 8:00am: 25-milers
• 8:10am: yoga and other warmups
• 8:30am: 10-milers
• 8:35am: 6-milers and Tour de Fort

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

Ride Rules

• Helmet required.
• Signed waiver required 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:


The registration fee includes full route support for the Father's Day Ride courses as well as post- event food and entertainment. Every participant will also receive a commemorative T-shirt. Post ride festivities will be held on the Parade Field inside Fort Adams and will include live music and youth activities.

Children that 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.


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









• All Bike Newport members receive 15% off their registration. For Bike Newport membership information please visit
• Children must be under 18 years old. Students must present a valid student ID.
• Registration fees include an event T-shirt and food & beverage.
• Proceeds from this event will benefit Bike Newport.


Free Bike Rentals

All five of Newport's 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. Please click here for the list of bike shops that offer rentals and call to make a reservation.

Rental Shops:
Hooley: single speed beach cruisers
Mansion Rentals: seven speed cruisers
Newport Bicycle: road bikes and hybrids
Scooter World: ten speed hybrids and electric bikes
Ten Speed Spokes: commuter bikes, road bikes


Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact


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. All rides start at 8:00 a.m. 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
Turn by Turn cue sheet


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.


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

Bike Newport's mission is to improve, encourage and facilitate bicycling in and around 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.


Contact Us

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

General Inquiries

Phone: (401) 619-4900

Sponsorship Inquiries

Phone: (401) 318-2991


Partners & Sponsors

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

2015 Presenting Sponsors


Thanks to our 2014 Sponsors!

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