To sign-up to teach workshops go to HBL.org/signup/LCI
To sign-up to teach workshops go to HBL.org/signup/LCI
Aloha mainland friends! How about a trip to Hawaii for a bike ride?!
Save 5% on flights from any Alaska Airlines hub to Honolulu. Click here for where they fly.
Plus, Alaska offers a low rate of $25 for bicycles to fly as luggage! Click here for more details.
From Alaska Airlines:
Alaska Airlines is pleased to provide discounted travel to the Honolulu Century Ride. Fly Alaska Airlines to Honolulu and save 5% on flights from any Alaska Airlines city (excluding Costa Rica, Mexico and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska). Simply click here and travel from September 19 – October 2, 2017. The discount is automatically applied. Or enter ECMZ030 in the discount code box at www.alaskaair.com. Restrictions apply. See site for details.
Looking for a place to stay too? Check out discounted accommodations at Queen Kapiolani Hotel for HCR participants!
Join HBL and the Manago family for a celebration of the new Ala Napunani St buffered bike lanes! We’ll be celebrating Saturday September 9th 4:00pm at the Ala Puumalu Park in Salt Lake (map). The gathering will culminate in talks by Councilmember Manahan and others and a BIG CELEBRATORY RIDE. So don’t forget your bike and helmet. Good company, grilled hot dogs, and potlucking will complete the gathering.
Saturday September 9th 4:00pm
Ala Puumalu Park in Salt Lake (map)
Read on for more on the Ala Napunani St buffered bike lanes and our efforts to get them named in memory of Zachary Manago.
The Ala Napunani St buffered bike lanes are part of the “Right Sizing” of Ala Napunani St that converted the street from 2 lanes in each direction to 1 lane in each direction, a center left turn lane, and bike lanes. This is similar to what happened on Kamehameha IV Road in Kalihi. The result is a dedicated space for bicycling, safer pedestrian crossings, less speeding, and a safer street for all (national studies show Right Sizings reduce crashes and injuries by 29-47%). The Complete Streets transformation received the support of Councilmember Manahan, the Neighborhood Board, and local advocates. The positive impact is already evident with a street that feels safer for biking, walking, and driving.
HBL and the Manago family are working with Councilmember Manahan to get the bike lanes named in memory of Zachary Manago. Zach’s vision, as anyone that has participated in a Zachary Manago Ride in Paradise knows, was to have bike lanes all over Hawaii so everyone feels safe bicycling. Zach grew up right on Ala Napunani St, so it’s awesome to see Zach’s vision become a reality on the street and it would be fitting to name the bike lanes in memory of Zach to perpetuate his story and vision.
HBL’s Executive Director, Chad Taniguchi, was recently featured in the Island Voices section of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
I wouldn’t commute daily by car on Oahu if you paid me $5,000 a year. I would lose money. Owning, insuring, fueling, parking, maintaining and repairing a car in Honolulu costs $11,325 per year, according to the June 2017 report from the American Public Transit Association (APTA). Honolulu is the seventh most expensive city in the U.S. in which to drive a car.
An annual bus pass costs $660 a year. Once you buy the pass, every additional trip costs less and less. At 30 trips per month, each trip costs $2. By comparison, each trip to and from Kailua in a car would cost more than $31.
I’ve calculated that the option of busing, walking and biking can save $4,000-$12,000 a year, depending on how much you rely on a car. Over a 35-year work life, that’s $140,000 to $420,000 for retirement or a house. But it’s not only about the money.
Choosing the best multimodal way to travel — walk, bike, bus, rail — actually saves time, gets you healthier, improves your social life, is kinder to Mother Earth, and is safer for everyone.
My bus ride from home in Kailua to downtown takes 30 to 45 minutes. Yes, longer than the 25 minutes by car. But guess what? It’s all quality personal time, to rest, read, check email, talk story with friends, make new acquaintances with regular riders, or dream. No fighting traffic or endangering others while illegally multitasking by phone.
Got kids? Some of my best memories are of taking my preschool kids downtown on the bus daily, reading a favorite book together. Bonding.
From downtown I ride my bicycle 30 minutes to work in Kaimuki (and back at day’s end). It takes longer than driving or riding the bus, but I love that daily bike ride. It keeps me physically healthy and mentally sharp. Who needs a gym?
People along the Leeward side of our island will be able to enjoy these same experiences on the train when riding to school and work in town. Save money, get healthy, save time overall, and be kind to Mother Earth.
We don’t need to wait for driverless cars for a solution. Collectively funded, collective mass transportation is the solution for many of us.
I’ve learned to rethink my trips and measure them by different standards. No longer is speed or getting there fastest the main goal. Health, environmental, community and family well being are more important. Now, I go to the airport by bus from Kailua. It may take me 90 minutes, but it would take someone in my family driving me 60 minutes round trip, plus 30 of mine, so it’s equal — and we didn’t burn any gas.
Convenient multimodal transportation means more choices and opportunities to save time and our planet, boost personal health and wealth, be safer, and improve life while getting around. For so many reasons, it’s the right thing to do and it’s fun!
I’m willing to contribute to that multimodal future and pay what it will take to finish rail because it will improve mine, and those of my grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Chad Taniguchi, a bus/bike commuter from Kailua, is executive director of the Hawaii Bicycling League.
SPECIAL ROOM GIVEAWAY!
Two lucky people will receive a complimentary room for the night before the Honolulu Century Ride!
To be entered: Register for the Honolulu Century Ride before the end of regular registration on August 31st, by 11:59pm, and you’ll be entered to win a free night stay at Queen Kapiolani Hotel! In recognition of our great volunteers, anyone who volunteers for a shift on the day of the event (Sunday, September 24th) before August 31st at 11:59pm will also be entered to win. Only one entry per registrant or volunteer.
Again, register for Honolulu Century Ride or sign up for a event-day volunteer shift before August 31st at 11:59pm and be entered into a drawing to win one of two complimentary rooms at Queen Kapiolani Hotel for the night before HCR.
The Honolulu Century Ride starts at 6:15am, which likely means you’ll be leaving home much earlier than that to arrive in time to line up and hear announcements. Wouldn’t it be nice to stay only a 1 minute ride from the start? Well now you can! The Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Waikiki is offering a special event rate for Honolulu Century Ride participants. This is open to everyone participating, both local and visitors. The rate is lower than the Kama’aina rate.
Of course, first step is registering for the Honolulu Century Ride on September 24th. Click Here to Register!
Room Reservation Details:
Rate: $140 per night plus applicable taxes.
Room: Standard room with option for king or two double beds.
Dates: From Sept 22 to Sept 25 (Make a mini-vacation out of it!)
Check-in/Check-out: 3:00pm check-in, 12:00pm check-out
Additional Guests: Above rate is for single and double occupancy. Any additional guests, over 18, will be $25/night. Max 4 adults per room.
Parking: Valet parking is to $30/day using this promotional code.
Additional Info: Hospitality fee waived with this promotional code. Cancelation policy is 72hrs in advance to avoid penalty. Cancelation within 72 hrs will incur a 1 night charge.
Booking: Currently, booking must be done via phone or email. Online booking may become available at a later date.
Promo Code – HCR17
Phone Reservations – (808) 931-4420 – Use promo code “HCR17”
Email Reservations – firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “HCR17 – Honolulu Century Ride Exclusive Room Rates”
3442 Waialae Avenue, Suite 1 Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 Telephone: 808-735-5756 email@example.com