- Upcoming Major Events
- BikeEd Update
- February Education Recap
- Free DOT Education Programs
- Volunteer Opportunities in March
- Advocacy Update
- Leeward Bikeway Construction
by Travis Counsell, Events Director
Two months remain until the 2016 Haleiwa Metric Century Ride. Have you registered?
We’re expecting over 1000 cyclists to ride along the North Shore on April 24th!
Join us for the 25th annual Haleiwa Metric Century. Up to 100 km of coastal riding, with aid stations and friendly faces.
by Mick Wong, BikeEd Program Manager
In the first quarter of 2016, BikeEd will be at 17 different schools, including: Maryknoll School, Nimitz Elementary, Mauka Lani Elementary, Kapolei Elementary, Wheeler Elementary, Ho’okele Elementary, Kauluwela Elementary, St. Andrew’s Priory, Aliamanu Elementary, Mid Pacific Institute, Pearl Harbor Elementary, Pearl Highlands Elementary, Palisades Elementary, U.H. Lab Schools, Alvah Scott Elementary, Pearl Harbor Christian Academy, and Manoa Elementary…reaching approximately 1,500 students, of whom 10% will be first-time riders! Great job, BikeEd instructors!!!
by Malia Harunaga, Adult Education & Senior Cycling Manager
On February 17th, the Hawaii Bicycling League, Queen’s Trauma Center, Kapi’olani Medical Center, and the Honolulu Police Department’s District 1 Community Policing team joined forces up to bring a whole lot of safety to Hawai’i’s streets. HBL’s “Light Up the Night” event returned to Honolulu to install free bicycle lights on people’s bikes who were riding on the King Street protected bike lane without them. The lights were purchased by HBL through a grant from the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services. HPD helped get people’s attention by stopping “invisible cyclists” and quizzing them on bike-related laws. They also raised awareness to people driving cars by waiving signs that carried messages of safety, like “No Need to Speed,” “Slow Down,” and “Yield to Pedestrians,” reminding motorists to watch their speed and watch for pedestrians and bicyclists, especially in the painted green zones of the protected bike lane.
Cyclists stopped by HPD officers were enlightened on the cycling laws for Hawai’i; for example, bicycles ridden at night much be equipped with a front white light and rear red reflector. The light-less offenders then had a tough choice: receive a $74 ticket for not having the proper light equipment, or have a set of free lights installed on their bicycles. The result was that we installed a record amount of lights, 39 sets, on people’s bikes that night!
Queen’s Trauma Center also was a great help with providing safety to people riding bicycles by giving out helmets at no cost to folks who needed them. Hawai’i state law requires anyone under the age of 16 to wear a helmet when on a bicycle, but Cora Speck from Queen’s politely noted that even though that might be the law, there is a greater law: the law of physics, which says that gravity does not care if you are 17, 21, or 65 years old; falling and hitting your head without a helmet will not be any better for you. The helmets and reflective vests donated from Queen’s were happily accepted by riders of all ages.
For more about bicycling laws, check out HBL.org/BikeLaws. And if you’d like to have an interactive, hands-on workshop regardingHawai’i bicycling laws, sign up for one of our free cycling workshops at HBL.org/workshops! Upcoming workshops include:
- Adult Learn to Ride – Sunday, March 6, 3-5pm – Lock Up Self Storage (1901 Kapi’olani Blvd)
- Efficient Riding Skills – Saturday, March 12, 3-5pm – Manoa Public Library
- Adult Learn to Ride – Sunday, March 20, 3-5pm – Leeward Community College
- Basic Bike Maintenance – Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-7:30pm – HBL Office
by Dana Oxiles, Adult Education Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
Walk Bike Drive Presentations
HBL believes in safe roadways for all, whether you choose to walk, bike, or drive. So we offer free presentations spreading the message of safety by covering the rules of the road, common hazards and preventative measures. If you’d like to be part of the solution, don’t be shy! Schedule a talk today! Presentations are customized to your needs, from 15 minutes to one hour, and we come to you! We also applaud Roberts Hawaii, Parks and Recreation, and the Board of Water Supply for participating in February, with each group improving their road safety awareness and embracing the spirit of aloha. If you know of any business, organization or group with an interest in traffic safety, please e-mail Dana.
Cycling Skills 101 Workshops
When was the last time you rode a bike? Are you thinking about taking up cycling again or interested in a refresher class to give you the confidence you need to ride Oahu’s roads? If so, a Cycling Skills 101 workshop is a great way to do that! With the start of a new year we’re focusing on young adults, holding CS 101 workshops at UH Manoa and reaching out to driver education programs and high schools, starting on the Windward side. Please e-mail Jeri if you want to get that bike out of the cobwebs and back on the road!
Our full workshop schedule is available at HBL.org/workshops!
by Dana Oxiles, Adult Education Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
King Street Cycle Track Clean Up: March 9th @ 4:30pm – 6:30pm
S. King St & Keeaumoku St, Honolulu
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, HBL hosts a cleanup of our beloved King Street Protected Bike Lane. Come out and join us for a one or two hour shift in the early evening, sweeping and readjusting berms and bollards. Help us keep our cycle track safe and gorgeous for all to enjoy! Meet at the grassy clearing at the corner of S King St and Keeaumoku St.
Bike Ambassador Training- March 22nd, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm
HBL Office, 3442 Waialae Ave, Suite 1, Honolulu
Bike Ambassadors are outgoing people who enjoy interacting with the public, and they are super volunteers who help us welcome guests at events, train other volunteers, recruit members, serve as bike valets, and more! Becoming a Bike Ambassador also qualifies you for HBL volunteer leadership positions, which are a great way to serve the bicycle community in Hawaii.
Pearl Harbor Bike Path
Ride leaders on our Senior Cycling rides have a fun and easy time, leading seniors for leisurely group rides on recumbent tricycles in local parks! You’ll also team up with Malia, our Senior BikeED Program Manager, before the ride to adjust the recumbent trikes and learn the day’s route. From there on out, you’ll lead the ride on one of our trikes (or on your own bike, if you’d prefer). Learn more about our Senior Cycling program here and sign-up to be a ride leader by emailing Malia.
Thursday, March 3, Senior Ride – Beginner, 9:30-11:30am – Pearl Harbor Bike Path (map)
Sunday, March 13, Senior Sunset Ride, 4:45-7:45pm – Pearl Harbor Bike Path (map)
Thursday, March 17, Senior Orientation & Ride, 9:30-11:30am – Pearl Harbor Bike Path (map)
Thursday, March 24, Senior Ride – Beginner, 9:30-11:30am – Pearl Harbor Bike Path (map)
Thursday, March 31, Senior Ride – Intermediate, 9:30-11:30am – Pearl Harbor Bike Path (map)
by Daniel Alexander, Advocacy, Planning, & Communication Director
Bikeways and Complete Streets on the Ground
The City put the final touches on the resurfacing of two streets, resulting in a LOT more positive outcomes than just smooth pavement. Kamehameha IV Road in Kalihi, which used to be a four-lane road with chronic speeding issues and frequent traffic collisions and injuries, has been reconfigured with one lane in each direction, a center turn lane, and bike lanes. This “right sizing” makes room for cyclists and will mean a dramatically safer road for all (studies have found an average 29% reduction in injuries on right-sized roads). HBL worked with Kokua Kalihi Valley, KVIBE, Kaewai Elementary, Dole Middle, Kalihi Valley Neighborhood Board, and many others to make this change a reality. Stay tuned for the celebration event details.
Over in another one of Honolulu’s valleys, 10th Avenue now has a climbing bike lane and downhill sharrows. The restriping not only provides room for cyclists where they most need it, but the narrower traffic lanes should also help reduce chronic speeding problems. Both projects display the best of our Complete Streets policy, since they were both installed as part of planned resurfacing work and cost essentially nothing.
Complete Street Roadblocks in City Council
Just four years after unanimously passing Bill 26 making Complete Streets the law, City Council is considering two bills that would roll it all back. Bill 84 CD1(2015) and Bill 8(2016) both create additional onerous requirements and cumbersome hurdles to projects that were designed to make our streets safer for those who walk and bike. Please check out our page dedicated to the bills. We’re going to need your involvement to stop these backward bills and keep our forward momentum.
We Need Your Help to Keep the Good Stuff Coming
The City will be holding a public meeting March 1 from 6:30-8:30pm at Kailua District Park on the planned bikeway and Complete Streets improvements on Hamakua Drive in Kailua. Please join to show support for the bikeway which will create a much needed link between Enchanted Lake and downtown Kailua. Across the island, HBL will be at the Waianae Neighborhood Board on March 1 at 7:00pm to present on cycling conditions and issues. Come out to weigh in and express your support for a bikeable Waianae. Nothing happening in your community??? Please join us and get involved in making the positive changes you want to see happen – join a Regional Advocacy Group in your community.
by Chad Taniguchi, Executive Director
Your donations are making a huge difference!
The Leeward Bikeway has been in the works since 1977 (almost as long as HBL has been in existence) – 38 years of promises, good intents, false starts and delays. Let’s make 2016 the year it finally happens! Hawaii Department of Transportation has already planned it, designed it, and they even have $9 million funding for Phase I. But they are stuck on environmental approvals. We need to galvanize supporters to demonstrate tremendous community need for the Leeward Bikeway NOW to build Phase I (5 more miles to connect Waipahu to Kapolei) and Phase II (9 more miles to connect Kapolei to Nanakuli). The existing Pearl Harbor Historic Trail is 6.5 miles from Pearl Harbor to Waipahu.
We’re almost halfway there. HBL’s 2016 priority is to get construction started on the Leeward Bikeway this year, and 52 HBL supporters have donated $14,786 since January 27 – in response to Randy Ching’s $30,000 matching donation – bringing us closer to our $60,000 goal. Can you donate $30 or more to kickstart a 2016 campaign for a full-court press (including staff for community organizing, social media and advocating with government) to coordinate our collective efforts and get the Leeward Bikeway construction started in 2016?
Click here to join Randy & the 52 donors who have raised $44,786 so far to get the Leeward Bikeway built in 2016!
Your $30 will make a real difference to clear the way for DOT to spend $9 million on Phase I. Imagine riding from Nanakuli to Aloha Stadium on a continuous 20 mile path!