Posted by: cealpotts | February 8, 2015

Guzman: it’s all about the budget, re-cap of January MBL meeting

The Maui Bicycling League steering committee met in January and heard from Maui County Councilman Don Guzman.

Before Guzman’s presentation, the steering committee also approved the MBL’s official by-laws and elected the following officers:

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  • Saman Dias, co-chair
  • Ceal Potts, co-chair
  • Daniel Rezac, treasurer
  • Anne Rillero, secretary.

The MBL invited Guzman to speak about the Central Maui Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for 2030, which was a resolution he sponsored and its implementation was passed by a unanimous Maui County Council vote in November, 2014. The passage of this resolution was a victory for the MBL and everyone who rides a bicycle or is pedestrian on Maui. Our big question for Guzman was, “What’s next?”

His answer: Budget.

Maui County Councilman Don Guzman talks with the Maui Bicycling League about the next steps for the Central Maui Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for 2030.

Maui County Councilman Don Guzman talks with the Maui Bicycling League about the next steps for the Central Maui Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for 2030.

Now that the council voted to implement the plan, the next step will be securing the funding to start work on some of the projects. The budgeting sessions for the county’s fiscal year 2016 have already started and will continue until the end of April. The bicycle and pedestrian plan is a big undertaking, so to begin with, Guzman suggested the MBL focus its attention on following up with the County Public Works Department budget and being present and testifying at the district budget hearings. The first two projects that could be potentially included in the 2016 budget are slated for Papa Avenue and Waiale Road.

In the coming weeks, the MBL will be putting out a petition for its members and the cycling and pedestrian community to sign urging the Maui County Council to include budgeting for bicycle and pedestrian facilities on Papa and Waiale for the 2016 fiscal year.

The next MBL meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the community room of the Pacific Whale Foundation at the Maalaea Harbor. Everyone is invited to attend to help map out the goals and plan for 2015 and beyond for the MBL through the following committees:

  • Advocacy
  • Education and Safety
  • Membership/Events.

Please join us to create a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly Maui.

The new executive committee for the Maui Bicycling League. From L to R: Daniel Rezac, Anne Rillero, Ceal Potts and Saman Dias

The new executive committee for the Maui Bicycling League. From L to R: Daniel Rezac, Anne Rillero, Ceal Potts and Saman Dias

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