Posted by: mauibicyclingleague | December 12, 2014

Maui Bicycling League Established, New Membership Meeting December 19, 2014 

Maui Bicycling League Established To Help Make Maui Friendlier and Safer for Bicyclists and Pedestrians New Membership Meeting to be Held on December 19, 2014 
MA’ALAEA, MAUI, HI— December 9, 2014 — Ever wished that Maui could be a safer place for adults, kids and seniors to bicycle or walk?

If so, the newly established Maui chapter of the nonprofit Hawaii Bicycling League invites you to become a member. Please join this new chapter — known as the Maui Bicycling League — and also attend its first membership meeting on Friday, December 19, 2014  from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center Classrooms at the Ma’alaea Harbor Ships. The meeting’s agenda will include electing a Steering Committee from the membership and discussing the organization’s goals and plans.   

The public is invited. Membership applications to join the new Maui Bicycling League will be available at the meeting. The membership fee is $35 for adults; $25 for seniors, students or the military. You can also join online at www.hbl.org

“Bicycling is an activity that supports health, fitness and a healthier environment, and Maui has the perfect year-round climate for bicycling — but our island offers very few safe places for children or adults to ride,” says Saman Dias, one of the group’s organizers. “We heard from many people who said that they would ride more often but feel they would be putting themselves in danger by riding on our roads.”    

 

Caption: An ad hoc community group, led by Saman Dias of Pedego Maui (back row, right), worked together to form the Maui Bicycling League, an island chapter of the Hawaii Bicycling League.

Dias reached out to the community and assembled a  group of people from all backgrounds — serious cyclists, recreational riders, parents, triathletes and others — who began meeting last summer to find a way to improve that situation.

The resulting ad hoc group wanted to continue the many years of bicycle advocacy work by the Maui Bicycle Alliance, which had been led by local activist Walter Enomoto

until he stepped down last year.   

 “After several Maui advocates met at a Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL) workshop held earlier this year, the topic of developing a Maui chapter of the HBL was discussed,” said Sandra McGuinness,  Coordinator of Nutrition & Physical Activity Coalition of Maui County (N-PAC).  “HBL Executive Director Chad Taniguchi was interested in exploring the idea, and since that first discussion in March, we are seeing that the Maui chapter will become a reality.”

“Thanks in large part to the leadership of Pedego Maui Electric Bikes owners Lee Chamberlain and Saman Dias, several meetings were hosted and former Maui Bicycle Alliance members were invited to participate in the discussions,” notes McGuinness.

The group decided to form the Maui Bicycling League, as a neighbor island chapter of the nonprofit Hawaii Bicycling League. “We saw the advantage of joining forces with this existing nonprofit, which works at both the state and local level to make streets safer through education and advocacy,” says McGuinness.

When Maui residents visit the Hawaii Bicycling League website at www.hbl.org to sign on as new members with a tax deductible donation, they will automatically become members of the Maui Bicycling League and will help support work on Maui to establish safe paths, trails and  lanes for cyclists and pedestrians.

  Working Together to Make a Difference on Maui

“Our group showed the power of communication and working together when we rallied people to testify before the Maui County Council Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee in support of enacting the Central Maui Bike and Pedestrian Plan” says Lee Chamberlain. “More than 160 people signed petitions, wrote or testified at the committee meeting to speak in favor of the plan.”

“Visit places like Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Vermont — even New York City — and you’ll find miles of bike paths where cyclists can ride safely,” says Anne Rillero, a member of the Maui Bicycling League. “You see kids and people of all ages out there enjoying the paths. They are a plus for tourism, too. Maui needs paths like these to reduce traffic on our roads and to promote health and fitness.”  

 “If you know of kids or adults who are asking Santa for a bike for Christmas, please also give them a gift membership to Maui Bicycling League, to help provide more places to ride that shiny new bike,” says Rillero. “Our group is also looking forward to sponsoring group rides and bicycle-related events. We want more people to experience the fun of bicycling.”

 For additional information, please contact Saman Dias via email atsaman@pedegomaui.com or by emailing (808) 633-8553 ext 100.

Advertisements

Responses

  1. I wonder why the text is cut off on the right side. It showed up this way in the e-mail version too. Makes it almost impossible to read the article.

    • Thank you! It has been fixed.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: