Posted by: cealpotts | January 11, 2015

MBL makes its first official appearance at WMTA meeting in Lahaina

The Maui Bicycling League made a lot of connections at the West Maui Taxpayers Association meeting, including a few minutes to talk about bike and pedestrian pathways with Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa.

The MBL was invited by the WMTA to meet their members and share information about our organization at the Jan. 8 meeting in Lahaina. MBL steering committee members Saman Dias, Lee Chamberlain, Dan Rezac and Ceal Potts, along with MBL member Kevin Wuertz, represented our group and spoke with several Lahaina residents, Maui County Council members Don Couch and Elle Cochran about the MBL’s progress and focus.

Mayor Arakawa expressed interest in learning more about the MBL’s objectives and goals. Also interested were State Senator Roz Baker and State Representative Angus McKelvey.

Enough with the official “news report” from the meeting — this is the MBL blog! The biggest takeaway from this (which was technically our first public event wearing our MBL hats) is that Maui residents and elected officials—who might or might not be hardcore cycling or pedestrian enthusiasts themselves—are genuinely interested in establishing a more bicycling and walking friendly infrastructure on our island.

More than one WMTA members asked us about bicycle safety and about the rules of the road. One of the Hawaii Bicycling League’s core fundamentals is teaching bicycle safety. In the coming months the MBL steering committee will start talking about what we can do to introduce bicycle safety into our community.

In the mean time, the MBL is pushing to grow it’s membership. We got one person to become an MBL member (and pay! Yeah!) at the meeting. How many more can we get this week? Join Maui’s only bicycling and pedestrian group and let’s make our island a safe and fun place to walk and ride bikes.

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L to R: Dan Rezac, Kevin Wuertz and Ceal Potts represented the Maui Bicycling League at the West Maui Taxpayers Association meeting on Jan. 9, 2015, in Lahaina.

L to R: Dan Rezac, Kevin Wuertz and Ceal Potts represented the Maui Bicycling League at the West Maui Taxpayers Association meeting on Jan. 9, 2015, in Lahaina.

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