Posted by: cealpotts | May 4, 2015

Maui Bicycling League Announces Events and Special Rides for National Bike Month

The nonprofit Maui Bicycling League (MBL) will hold a series of events this month to celebrate the 60th annual National Bike Month, which takes place each May across the United States. MBL is a local chapter of the Hawaii Bicycling League. National Bike Month was established in 1956, and is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. National Bike Month showcases the many benefits of bicycling and encourages more people to giving biking a try. “Bicycling is good for your health; it’s a great exercise for all ages,” says Saman Dias, Chair of the Maui Bicycling League. “It is also good for your wallet as it lets you save gas, and it benefits our environment, by reducing automobile emissions and reducing traffic on our roads.” To encourage cycling among all age groups and ability levels, MBL is hosting several group bicycle rides during the month of May. “We want to encourage Maui residents to get out on their bikes and experience the dedicated multi-use pathways and bicycle lanes we already have on the island, and we want people to envision the benefits to the community if there were additional bike lanes and pathways on the island,” explained Cecilia Potts, Co-Chair of Maui Bicycling League. The following events are planned for May:

May 11 to 15 — Bike to Work Week Maui Bicycling League will be holding prize drawings for Maui residents who ride their bike to work once or more during this week. Items donated by several local businesses will be offered as prizes. Click here to download and ENTRY FORM.

May 17 — West Maui Bike Ride This free guided ride starts at 8 a.m.on Sunday, May 17, and continue through 10 a.m. and will depart from Paradise Grill in Kaanapali. A no-host breakfast will follow at Paradise Grill. The ride is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset and Maui Bicycling League. Click here for more details.

May 23 — Ride of Silence The Ride of Silence will commemorate Kihei cyclist Karl Hagen, who was killed in 2014 by a pick-up truck driver on the Piilani Highway, and it serves to raise awareness about awareness about safe driving around cyclists. The ride will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, and will start at the entrance of Mokulele Bike Pathway near Target. Riders will ride on the pathway to Kihei and back. Riders are asked to wear white and respectfully ride in silence.

May 31 — Central Maui Bike Ride The Central Maui Bike ride begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 31 at the Kaunoa Senior Center. This ride is ideal for families and beginners and is on a mostly flat course. Riders will ride on the pathway and roadway shoulder to Island Grocery in Kahului and back. An optional ride to Baby Beach in Sprecklesville is also available. The Maui Bicycling League also is preparing public service announcements and educational programs to educate both bicyclists and drivers to safely share our roadways. A free bike safety program will be offered at Kalama School by Krank Cycles with support from the Maui Bicycling League.

For more information, check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Mauibicyclingleague

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  1. Remember, Bike to School Day is Wednesday!


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