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Aloha from Honolulu, Bike Commuters! Mir.I.Am here, announcing the Hawaii Bicycling League’s summer safety adventure: Zach Manago’s Ride in Paradise. Info about the event from Chad Taniguchi, director of HBL, goes something like this:

For more details, contact Chad Taniguchi at HBL : bicycle@hbl.org

Join us for Zach Manago’s Ride in Paradise July 9-10, 2011 for Safety Awareness

* 144 Miles around Oahu in 2 days
* Ride all or parts** of it
* Pledge or donate to HBL’s Safety Education & Awareness Program
* Read Zach’s story and register/pledge at www.HBL.org
* Order T-shirts by July 4, 2011

The plan is to ride around the island in two days with camping overnight and support vehicles along the way. The group will be stopping at various police stations discussing road hazards and safety awareness for cyclists and motorists alike. The ride is to commemorate the life of Zach Manago, a Hawaii Pacific University freshman who was killed by a hit and run motorist in December of 2010 at the beginning of a round-the-island group ride planned by Aloha Fixed. Word is that Zach’s family is supporting the ride and advocating for bicycle safety on Oahu – apparently notorious for bad driving and an overall disdain for cyclists!!! (You tell me, I’ve never had any bad juju on my commutes, but I typically ride in my own world where Michael Bolton is a pirate).

This ride is not for the weak-tushed. Get your safety gear on and steel your okole for some serious mileage… or take on at least part of the ride! The scenery will be killer and donations go towards a good cause. I’m not usually one to “bike” for advocacy, as my personal form of advocacy reflects the mentality of a kindergartner (“If you ride bikes with me, I’ll be your BEST FRIIIIEEEEEND!”) But anyone can join in for part of the ride, when the group passes through your hood, just hop on the bike and cruise with the crazies. Check the maps** for the breakdown:

Day 1 - West side!

and then there’s this~!

Day 2: CAN YOU HANDLE THIS!!!

HBL is also sponsoring a free “Cycle Safe Oahu” clinic at 3:30 pm on Saturday July 9th at the State Capitol in downtown (day one of the ride). At the start of day two, meet again at the capitol for the Rally for Safety at 8 am on Sunday July 10th, meeting at the State Capitol and ride with the group to Waikiki. If you want to register for some or part go to www.hbl.org to do it right.

Hawaii commuters and cyclists, break out your fixies, foldies, roadies, MTBs, cruisers, commuters, and whatevas to come out for this ride. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun! I’ll be there, bunny-hopping a hot dog or puking electrolytes at about noon on either day…. so no EXCUSES! (Remember the Daria-like athleticism that I overcome on a daily basis.)

Me Bunny-hopping a Hot Dog

Post if you’re into it!!! Mainland peeps, fly over for the fun if you feel so inclined, I can bring you along in my baby cart (Bell says the limit is two passengers at 50 lbs. each). Guess it’s time to learn how to bunny hop for real if any of you fools show up!