#SafeUs 3-FEET RIDE
May 23 (Sunday) – 8am – 1pm
Motorists must give bicyclists at least 3-feet of clearance when passing to help keep us safe. Many do, but many don’t. And, most don’t know IT’S THE LAW.
Join us anytime between the hours of 8am and 1pm on Sunday, May 23 to help build awareness of Hawai‘i’s important Safe Passing 3-Feet Law by displaying the sign we provide to you while riding your bike anywhere in Hawai‘i.
Here’s the plan
HBL will provide all registered Mele Metric Century riders with a special 3-Feet #SafeUs bike sign at packet pick up. Set your sign aside until Sunday, May 23 when you will place it in a visible, but safe, location on your bike. (You can also attach it to the back of your jersey if that’s best for you.) Then, on the morning of Sunday, May 23, head out on your regular Sunday morning ride with your message of safety for all to see. Or, make this special morning a good reason to hop on your bike.
If you are not a registered rider in the Mele Metric Century, we hope you will participate. HBL has special 3-Feet #SafeUs bike signs available for any rider for a small $5 donation to HBL to cover the cost.
Place your order online HERE and choose the option to have it mailed. Or you can pick yours up at a Mele Metric Century packet pick up location (April 23-25).
How we will raise awareness of the 3-Feet Law
We’re hoping hundreds of bicyclists will be biking the morning of Sunday May 23 so people passing by will wonder “What the heck is going on? Why are all of these bicyclists biking with those 3-feet signs?”
Before, during and after, we will be in touch with the media to cover the morning ride and to educate the public about the 3-Feet law in their news stories. Further building excitement and awareness will be the HBL #SafeUs Bike Team.
HBL #SafeUs Bike Team
A group of 12 HBL members have volunteered to bike with a yellow pool noodle attached to their bike, demonstrating 3-feet of clearance. To further build impact, these volunteers will be wearing matching jerseys and ride in a single line as a group during the same time window you’ll be riding. We think this will garner even more attention from the community and the media, and bring attention to all of you participating in this unique safety ride. The May 23 HBL #SafeUs Bike Team schedule will be shared in emails and social media as the date approaches.
We have created this hashtag to focus attention on a plea for everyone to help keep vulnerable road users like bicyclists and pedestrians safe. #SafeUs is the short and memorable way to communicate “Please Keep Us Safe”. The morning ride on May 23rd–HBL’s #SafeUs 3-Feet Ride–will be the very first time we use this hashtag to focus attention on safety issues. Other rides, events and advocacy will use this hashtag. And, if the HBL #SafeUs Bike Team turns out to be a good idea, that may continue too.