PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 It\u2019s not a road closing, it\u2019s a road opening! \u2013 to people biking, walking, rolling, and strolling, according to Bike Newport.\u00a0Two upcoming community events invite people to leave their cars behind and explore Aquidneck Island\u2019s scenic vistas safely, comfortably, and car-free.\nOn May 11, the Farm to Farm Ride\u00a0in Portsmouth will be held with the full length of Middle Road, lined with family farms and scenic vistas, open to bikes and walkers \u2013 from Hedley to Union. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.\nOn May 19, organizers will hold Elliot\u2019Ride for Everyone \u2013 with all of Hazard Road and two miles of Ocean Avenue \u2013 from Carroll to Harrison \u2013 open to bikes and walkers \u2013 for the first time ever. This event happens from 9 to 11 a.m.\n\u00a0\u201cLast year\u2019s event was a such a huge success - we\u2019re proud to host this wonderful, family-friendly event again!\u201d\u00a0said Daniela Abbott, an organizer of the event and a member of the Portsmouth Town Council. \u201cThis ride really showcases the best of Portsmouth - scenic ocean views, historic family farms, and welcoming neighborhoods. We hope this will become a cherished tradition for our town.\u201d\nSusan Taylor, Newport\u2019s Vice Mayor, shared, \u201cI am excited to see families enjoying this stunning section of the Ocean Drive, when biking and walking are honored and elevated, so that we all may pursue our path in our own way, in our own time - and feeling free to be distracted by the sheer beauty of our surroundings!\u201d\nFor both events:\u00a0Police and event marshals will be on site along the route to assist participants and drivers who need to detour. Bike Newport volunteers will be on hand assist with bike checks, helmet fittings and minor repairs. Restrooms will be provided along the route.\u00a0The rides are free of charge.\nAdditional details for Portsmouth Farm-to-Farm Bike Ride on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.\u00a0\nTwo miles of scenic Middle Road, will be CAR FREE so families, friends, and neighbors can safely explore and enjoy the experience of riding together. Along the way, participants will pass six family farms: Escobar farms, DeArruda Farm, Quonset View Farm, Portsmouth Nursery, BAW Farm, and DeCastro Farms.\nRegistration begins at 9:30 a.m. behind Escobar's Farmhouse Inn at 133 Middle Road. Participants may park at Town Hall and the School Administration Building at 29 Middle Road. Velofix, the mobile bike shop will be on site to help with bike fixes.\nGrand Marshals Louis and Jane Escobar will mark the official start of the ride at 10 a.m. Members of the Portsmouth Historical Society will be along the route with information about the town\u2019s agricultural history. Those who wish to assist Clean Ocean Access clean-up along the route can pick up materials at the Admin Building.\nCoffee from Clement\u2019s will be available at registration and plenty more refreshment at Escobar Farm \u2013 Rhody Roots, RI, Red\u2019s Rhode Island, Flat Waves, My Rolling Caf\u00e9, and Rhody Fresh. Restrooms will be available at Quonset View Farm and Anne Benson Stables.\nThis event is possible thanks to the Portsmouth Town Council and Gold Sponsor Teri Degnan Real Estate as well as Bristol Marine, Newport Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, EcoRI News, Newport County YMCA, Rhody Fresh, Clean Ocean Access, Aquidneck Land Trust, Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, Town of Portsmouth Public Works, Portsmouth Historical Society, Premier Landscaping, and Countryside Children\u2019s Center. Escobar's Farmhouse Inn is graciously hosting the event and has donated a two-night stay for our raffle.\n\nAdditional details for Elliot\u2019s Ride for Everyone on Sunday, May 19, from 9 to 11 a.m.\u00a0\nBike Newport\u2019s annual community ride honors the life of Elliot Kaminitz, a much-loved bicyclist and safe cycling advocate who lost his life while riding on Memorial Blvd in Newport in 2012. This year - for the first time \u2013 the Elliot\u2019s Ride route becomes CAR FREE.\nTwo miles of Newport\u2019s beautiful Ocean Avenue, and Hazard Road - through Gooseneck Cove Salt Marsh. Families, friends, and neighbors can ride, walk, roll and stroll to enjoy the beauty of our coastline without cars and without worry. People of every skill and interest are invited to come out for two hours of fun on a beautiful Sunday morning. The more, the merrier, and the better chance of making it happen more than once!\nThe ride will begin from Rogers High School on Wickham Road, where parking, pre-ride information and refreshments will be available. Participants are welcome to enter the event area from any point along the way, including the two Ocean Loop end points \u2013 Harrison Ave at the west end and Carroll Ave at the east end. People may also park at Brenton Point. Volunteers will be present to assist. Please note that the car free segment of Ocean Ave begins \u00bc mile east of Brenton Point parking.\nThis event is possible thanks to the Newport City Council and Gold Sponsor KVH, as well as Standard Modern Printing, Discover Newport, VHB, ecoRI News, P3GM Newport Bike Share, Newport County YMCA, RIDOT Highway Safety, and Reynolds DeWalt.\nFor more information please contact Allyson McCalla, email@example.com, (401) 619-4900.