Posted by: cealpotts | June 21, 2015

Bike Month on Maui was great! Lots of participants and new MBL members!

Maui County Councilman Don Couch and his wife Leslie lead the charge along the proposed West Maui Greenway.

Maui County Councilman Don Couch and his wife Leslie lead the charge along the proposed West Maui Greenway.

The Maui Bicycling League’s celebration of National Bike Month was a great success! We held three organized bike rides that were open to the public, one invitational bike ride, and held a Bike To Work competition. We had a total of 73 riders participate on Maui for Bike Month! National Bike Month was established in 1956 to showcase the benefits of bicycling and takes place each year during the month of May.

We kicked off Bike Month by giving Maui County Council Members Elle Cochran and Don Couch, an opportunity to ride one section of the proposed West Maui Greenway. The West Maui Greenway is a proposed multi-use pathway that uses existing cane haul roads that parallel the Honoapiilani

MBL's Lee Chamberlain explains the route at the West Maui Bike Ride held on May 17.

MBL’s Lee Chamberlain explains the route at the West Maui Bike Ride held on May 17.

Highway. The section of pathway the council members rode began at Leoda’s Pie Shop and continued to Launiupoko Beach Park. The purpose of the ride was to show our county officials and other community and business leaders the potential the pathway has for recreation and alternative transportation use.

Our next event was the West Maui Bike Ride, which was supported by the Sunrise and Sunset rotary clubs of Lahaina. The ride took participants from the Paradise Bar & Grill and onto a scenic route around the Kaanapali area. We had riders of all ages and ability levels join us.

We held a Ride of Silence on May 21 to honor Karl Hagen, a Kihei cyclist who was struck and killed by a motorist in April 2014. Ride of Silence participants all wore white and rode single-file in a line along the Mokulele Pathway. It was a powerful and visually moving event. A special thank you to Robin Hagen and her crew of supporters

All who participated in Maui's Ride of Silence wore white and rode to honor Karl Hagen, a Kihei cyclist who was struck by a motorist and killed in April 2014.

All who participated in Maui’s Ride of Silence wore white and rode to honor Karl Hagen, a Kihei cyclist who was struck by a motorist and killed in April 2014.

for providing the refreshments for the ride.

The final ride held by MBL for Bike Month was the Central Maui Bike Ride. Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa along with his chief of staff and the deputy director of public works joined us for this ride, which began at Kaunoa Senior Center in Paia and followed the Northshore Greenway path to Kanaha Beach Park and back. We were all very motivated to finish the ride because the MBL’s own Anne Rillero had cold cups of Brio Ice Cream waiting at the end. Thank you to Brio, the Mayor, and everyone who turned out for this fun Sunday ride.

There was a huge amount of participation, nationwide, in the “Bike to Work” initiative. There was a designated Bike to Work Week in May as well as a day. The MBL participated by inviting people to ride their bikes to work anytime during the month of May and to snap a picture and send it along

The winner of Bike To Work Maui is Kim McEvoy of 3D Builders in Kahului!

The winner of Bike To Work Maui is Kim McEvoy of 3D Builders in Kahului!

with an entry to us. We are pleased to announce that Kim McEvoy of Haiku is the winner of our “Bike To Work” Competition. Kim rode her bike from Haiku to her workplace at 3D Builders in Kahului a 15-mile roundtrip. She will receive a gift from the MBL and a complimentary MBL membership.

By the numbers, we had some great turnout for Bike Month on Maui–we even heard that one of our Central Maui Bike Ride participants went out and bought a new bike and helmet right after that Sunday ride. And, best of all, she shared with us last week that she’s been riding almost every day! Right on! More than 16 new members joined the MBL during Bike Month, too. Thanks to everyone for their support of the MBL’s first Bike Month.

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