We love summer in Newport, with beautiful beach days, sunset sails, and meals on patios overlooking the harbor. But all the summertime visitors mean that there can be a lot of traffic on this narrow island. Our summertime traffic solution? Ditch the car and explore Newport on two wheels. Here are our tips for biking in Newport, from best bike shops for rentals to scenic rides by the ocean.
If you need to rent a bike, there are two great bike shops in Newport. Newport Bicycle offers streamlined hybrid bikes for riding on and off road. Tot trailers and tandem bikes are available for rent too. The friendly staff here can give you personalized recommendations for an afternoon ride in Newport. Ten Speed Spokes can rent you a wider variety of bikes, including hybrid, road, and fat bikes (which are great for biking on the beach). Also located downtown, this rental shop is a great jumping off point to start exploring Newport by bike.
The best bike ride in downtown Newport is a loop down Bellevue Avenue, out to Ocean Avenue with the option for stopping in Brenton Point State Park and Fort Adams State Park. This loop takes you through the Mansion District and out to the ocean, with great views of the city and the Newport Bell Bridge. It's the perfect afternoon ride to see the city's role in American history and the natural beauty.
To explore further afield, ride east on Memorial Boulevard, past Easton's Beach and out to the Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, 242 acres of preserved land on the water. With beaches, birdwatching, and hiking trails, you can pack a picnic and spend a nice afternoon enjoying the wilderness just a short bike ride from downtown Newport. For specific routes and more suggestions for scenic bike rides in and around Newport, visit Bike Newport for a bike map.