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Hawaii Events: Tomorrow through HBL, Nov. 15, 2013

Aloha Honolulu bike commuters – a last minute post to let you know about three exciting events tomorrow through HBL. Get your bike on!

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Three+ Bike-Related Events Tomorrow – Saturday – Oahu Cycling News – November 15, 2013

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Provide Input as a Cyclist tomorrow at Transit Oriented Development Symposium

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->_Cyclists please attend the City’s workshop tomorrow on TOD – Transit Oriented DevelopmentBe prepared to listen to some great speakers who have made TOD happen elsewhere and participate.
Hawaii Bicycling League has asked the City to:
Implement the Oahu Bike Plan during the Mayor’s aggressive repaving schedule (City will make future designs match the Oahu Bike Plan.)
Make streets leading to rail stations bike and pedestrian friendly
Install secure, protected bike parking inside the rail stations, sufficient to handle future demand (Draft plans call for only 20 bike parking spaces outside each station.)
Install bike stairs/channels for stairways, in addition to allowing use of elevators (Not in draft plans at this time.)
Allow bikes on trains during all hours (Mahalo! City has agreed to do this from day 1.)

Just show up and register at the Walk In table.

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Cultivating Community TEDx Honolulu Sat 10a-530p Hawaii Theater (fee)

Celebrate “Cultivating Community”,” with a diverse group of people and 13 speakers & performers representing various fields, such as technology, entertainment, art, science, and education. Respected thought leaders and community organizations of Hawai‘i, like Ian Kitajima of Oceanit, Pacific Tongues, Henry Kapono and many more will share their personal and professional insights on how we can cultivate community and drive social change.

Tickets at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office, online at or by phone at (808) 528-0506.

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Bike-In Theater Sat 4-8pm Old Stadium Park

Bike-In Theater 4 November 16, 2013

For more information see http://R3Image.org

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Other Events

HBL Workshops – register at hbl.org/workshops for regular adult workshops or athbl.org/seniors for Senior Cycling rides

  • Saturday, November 16th, 9-11am: Cycling Skills 101 (formerly Commuter Cycling 101) – Neal S. Blaisdell Park
  • Saturday, November 16th, 9-11am: Senior Intermediate Ride, – Neal S. Blaisdell Park
  • Saturday, November 16th, 2-4:30pm: Cycling Skills 201 – Manoa Public Library
  • Monday, November 18th, 9-11am: Senior Beginner Ride – Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Wednesday, November 20th, 10-10:30am: Staying Mentally Active Through Cycling – HBL Office
  • Saturday, November 23rd, 9-11am: Cycling Skills 101 (formerly Commuter Cycling 101) – Ewa Mahiko District Park
  • Sunday, November 24th- Maui Century Ride (register here)
  • Monday, December 9th, 9-11am: Senior Beginner Ride – Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Saturday, December 7th, 9-11am: Senior Intermediate Ride – Neal S. Blaisdell Park

Always check Free group rides 6 days a week at http://www.hbl.org/rides-calendar

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Join the Hawaii Bicycling League and make Oahu more bike-friendly

Become a member and join a growing group of 1,219 who are committed to making Hawaii a better and safer place to ride a bicycle. Join or donate to help us continue pushing forward bicycling progress for Hawaii!

HBL Summer Events – Hawaii Bike-O

Hi guys and Happy Aloha Friday to all!  It’s Hawaii Bike-O time, so tune in if you have time for some fun summer bike events.  This popped into my email box the other day, and the first event starts tomorrow for all of you Honolulu Bike Commuters out there.  Here we go, the Hawaii Bicycling League has plenty of fun shiz planned for this summer, don’t forget to sign up for Honolulu Century Ride heat stroke time on September 30, 2012!  There’s everything going down from Commuter Cycling 101 classes, stuff for the kids, ukuleles and PSA’s, and new laws for cyclists and pedestrians.

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Hawaii Five-O cast stalking, so much easier by bike.


Ride with us! View our our bicycling classes and group rides schedule at hbl.org/rides- calendar


Zach’s Ride Opens Pearl Harbor Bike Path Gate!

Together with the Manago family and friends, HBL organized the second annual bike ride in honor of Zachary Manago. Zach’s Ride in Paradise 2012 was organized on July 7 and 8 across Oahu in effort to raise awareness of bicycling safety and to help realize Zachary Manago’s dream nearly a year a half after the fatal collision.

Zach Manago was passionate about safer bicycling facilities and wanted to make Hawaii safer so that more people could ride their bikes. HBL got special permission to ride through the Admiral’s Boat House gate on the Pearl Harbor Bike Path. About 241 bicyclists participated in the ride around the island in remembrance of Zach.

See the media coverage and ride photos here:
Bicycle ride to honor hit-and-run victim; spread safety awareness – KITV 4
Bicyclists circle island for memorial – Star Advertiser
Island- wide memorial ride honors slain bicyclist – KITV 4
Memorial ride to carry on Zach Manago’s dream – KHON 2
Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise – Hawaii News Now

Find more pictures and videos on HBL’s Facebook or Ryan’s Flickr page – Day 1 and Day 2.

Free Keiki Bike Rodeo and Contest at Kapolei Commons, July 21

On Saturday July 21st, Kapolei Commons is co-sponsoring a FREE Bike Safety Rodeo for keiki in 3rd through 6th grade, 9 am to 12 noon, with HBL. A bike rodeo is a special event where kids are given a safe environment to try out their cycling skills and learn how to ride safely.

We will teach kids and their parents about helmet fit and safety, bike fit, bike laws, hand signals and bike handling drills. Every child that participates in the Bike Safety Rodeo will receive a FREE bike helmet provided by ThinkFirst, a non-profit organization committed to brain injury prevention programs. Hawaii Bicycling League and the League of American Bicyclists will also provide TWO, one-hour Adult Bike Education courses with a video presentation and handouts.

Come and find us next Saturday in the parking area to the left of Sports Authority. There are 75 spots available for keiki ages 8-12 years old. There are three classes available: 9, 10 and 11 am (Each class is one hour long). Pre-registration is required. Kapolei Commons is located at 4450 Kapolei Parkway.

Commuter Cycling 101 at LCC, July 28

Starting July 2012, HBL will be offering a Commuter Cycling 101 class at Leeward Community College!

Commuter Cycling 101 is a 2-hour introductory course on riding your bicycle in Hawaii, following bicycle traffic laws and being safe while commuting. With a League of American Bicyclists certified Instructor, 30 minutes will be spent in a classroom learning how to navigate Hawaii’s roads and interact with pedestrians and motorists. Another 30 minutes will be spent practicing defensive bicycling skills in a safe and controlled parking area. One hour will be spent implementing these practices and developing your skills on a group safety ride through the local neighborhood. The course fee is $15; Participants must be 18 years of age or older, have a functional bicycle with front and rear brakes, and a properly fitting helmet.

Classes will be in session on Saturday, July 28 and Saturday, October 13, 9-11am. You can register for the class here.

Please view our safety tips and videos at hbl.org/bikeakamai, and read the resources we have for beginner bicyclists.

Jake’s PSA: Bicycles May Use Full Lane

Check out Jake Shimabukuro’s public service announcement reminding drivers that bicyclists may use the full lane for their safety. Drivers should follow bicyclists at a safe distance until it is safe to pass, then signal and give plenty of space when passing. If all drivers understood that this is the law (HRS 291C-145), cyclists would face less danger on the roads.

If a driver yells, honks, drives aggressively close, or speeds by you as a cyclist, take their license number and call 911/nonemergency when you get to your destination. Give the time, location, and make/model/color of the vehicle.

An officer will come to your location. Let the officer know that the driver was driving dangerously, and ask the officer to contact the driver to explain the law. This is how we should inform dangerous motorists of their actions, one at a time.

Mahalo to Jake, Farmers Insurance, and HawaiiNewsNow (KHNL) who volunteered their time to produce the PSA, along with HBL members Miriam Gee, Nick Blank, and Chad Taniguchi.

Governor signs Vulnerable Users Law

Motorists are on notice now that they face harsher penalties if they kill or seriously injure a pedestrian, cyclist, police officer or other unprotected road user while violating the law. Effective on July 10, 2012 the lawreminds motorists to be especially careful when they see Vulnerable Users on the roads. The Hawaii Bicycling League, the Honolulu Police Department, and other advocates pushed for this bill at the Legislature.

Everyone has a right to be safe on Hawaii’s roads. No one needs to die on the roads. We just need to follow the laws, drive the speed limit, and care about other roads users more than about our personal convenience. Let’s eliminate deaths from speeding, inattention, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, and violating other traffic laws. Ride Aloha, Drive Aloha!

Complete Streets Law requires Bicycle & Pedestrian Consideration

City Departments are now required to seriously consider the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists when planning repair or construction of streets. Bike lanes, sharrows, “bikes may use full lane” signs, sidewalks, and crosswalks must be installed unless there is a good reason not to. The burden now shifts to the City to explain why a bike and pedestrian facility cannot be installed.

If this ordinance had been in effect earlier, the City would have had to consider installing bike lanes on Waialae Avenue during the planning stage of the Waialae Avenue repaving, thereby having designs, community and small business outreach in place when repaving begins. HBL will advocate for the release of the future paving schedule, compare the list of bike lanes on the City’s bike plan, and work with the various departments (Transportation Services, Design & Construction, Facilities Maintenance, and Planning & Permitting) so bike lanes and facilities already planned are actually implemented. If you want to be on this committee, please email Chad Taniguchi at chad@hbl.org. The next streets to pay attention to are Young Street and South Beretania Street.

Mahalo to AARP, American Planning Association, Department of Health, and many HBL members for working with City Council Members (especially Transportation Chair Breene Harimoto) and Neighborhood Boards to gain support.

Hele On Kailua! August 26

On Sunday, August 26th Cyclovia Hawaii will host a bike education and promotion event for adults at Hekili Street and Enchanted Lakes Community Park from 9am to 4pm. The event is about promoting physical activity and will include bicycle education, routine bike maintenance and repair, bike rides to the Marine Corps Air Base and Enchanted Lakes Community Park, Zumba and other activities. A Cycle On Runway will showcase the unique cycles of local bike clubs and groups. Please contact Jeff Ideta at heleonkailua@gmail.com to volunteer.

The event is sponsored by Cycle On Hawaii, a new charitable nonprofit organization that was formed to encourage cycling and support the Safe Routes to School program.

Okay Cycle ladies and gents, now I’m back to stalking Grace Park as they film Five-O in Kaka’ako.  I hear she’s super tall in real life.

Kono keepin' it real on a beach cruiser in Five-O

HBL Commuter 101 Class: Free-Dolla-I-Make-You-Holla!

Well Herro there, Bike Commuters!  Just a quick bloggy-blog announcement on an awesome free class this year put on by  Hawaii Bicycling League:  Commuter Cycling 101!   Know anyone who’s had their panties in a bunch, trying to get psyched up to ride your bike to work, school, or the grocery store, but low confidence on the streets is holding them back?  Hold on to your spandex, Oahu cyclists, because HBL is sponsoring free 2-hour courses that cover all the basics of cycling in traffic!  You could even win door prizes like a gift certificate to local bike shops – HOLLA!   What more could you ask for?  You could be getting PAID in bikey giftness while brushing up on commuter tips and rules of the road.  Also, all UH Manoa students will receive front and rear lights due to a generous sponsorship from the University (Thanks for the tip, Cycle Manoa).  Come on guys, (from previous comment I know there’s at least three Oahu readers out there) – the weather is nice all the time, so drag your roommates, kids, and better halves out for a weekend course!  For more information, dates, and sign ups, check out www.hbl.org/commutercycling101.  Or, read this:

Good 'Ol Frank teaching the Safe Cycling Course at IT&B

Do you like riding your bicycle? Want to bike commute to work or school, but scared to ride in traffic? Want someone to teach you how? Then join us for Commuter Cycling 101!

This free 2-hour bicycling course begins with coverage of safe cycling practices in a classroom setting, then moves onto a secured parking lot to practice riding drills, and finishes with a group ride through the UH area combining classroom knowledge and road skills traversing an urban environment. The course will cover topics including: your rights as a cyclist, rules of the road, equipment safety checks, lane positioning, and more. Classes are taught by League Certified Instructors of the League of American Bicyclists. Over 175 prizes totaling an excess of $2750 will be given away throughout the duration that the course*. All UH Manoa students will also receive free bicycle light sets. Giveaway sponsored by Island Triathlon and Bike, McCully Bicycle, Bikefactory, The Bike Shop, Boca Hawaii, and Eki Cyclery. Lights provided by UH Student Athletic Fee Committee. Funding provided by the Hawaii Bicycling League through a grant with the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Cost: FREE!!!
Eligibility: Must be 18 years of age or older, class size limited to 12 students/class
Requirements: Must have a functional bicycle with front and rear brakes and a properly fitting helmet.
Time: 1PM – 3PM
Location: UH Manoa campus, Moore Hall room 119
Contactcommutercycling101@gmail.com
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Commuter Cycling 101 course Dates for 2012 the year of the dragon kick off this weekend and are hosted on weekends through April, check the website for details.

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Commuter Profile: Miriam Gee

Next up in our recurring commuter profiles category is Miriam Gee — funny, irreverent and very excited to be profiled here on Bikecommuters.com. Plus, the scenery of her commute absolutely trumps the competition…imagine riding your bike in a place where “the air is so dewy sweet you don’t even have to lick the stamps!” Take a look for yourself, and read on:

Name:

Miriam Elizabeth Gee

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(Miriam in her “PRO-STYLE” orange sunglasses)

How long have you been a bike commuter?

More or less since 2005 – or since the birth of the overhauled, hand-me-down from my college roommate’s sister, old Costco bike, known as “the purple GROUNDPOUNDER.?


Why did you start riding your bike to work and how long is your commute?

I started riding my bike to work in Seattle when I moved to Capitol Hill and worked just 2 miles away in downtown. After a few months of constant lurching, putrid smells, and unreliable scheduling, I broke up with my commuter nemesis, the King County “Metro? (fancy name for the bus) and chose bike therapy over nausea. Not to say that I don’t love the shame train on extra rainy days or for the express routes, but the time it took to ride the bus, and the amount of Dramamine it took to ride it just wasn’t worth it! Naturally, my Seattleite cycling friends convinced me to invest in shiny new Kona Dew, and I rolled my way down the hill faster than the Metro from that day on! I love my bike like some people love their Mom.

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Now I live in Honolulu. My first commute was about 5 miles round trip. But, in the past year I’ve moved out to the ‘burbs for cheaper rent, amazing views, and a longer, more scenic commute; I’m racking up close to 25 miles per day now. Eff you 24-hour fitness: hello Scott Speedster! Okay and sometimes, I do take TheBus (non-fancy name for the bus) when my legs are shot or if it’s super voggy. But everyday I ride it’s still faster than waiting for the bus! It took a few months, but now I’m able to bike to and from work 5 days a week – no sweat (figuratively speaking).

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How does Bike Commuting help you with your lifestyle (economics, health, relationships)?

Bike Commuting has upped my social status fo sho: before I was just lame bus girl who always needed a ride to the north shore. Now I am badass bike girl who rides to Hawaii Kai every day – the envy or dismay of all of my co-workers, clients, friends, and family. More women than men in my office commute by bike and my boss brags about us “tough girls? whenever a client sees a sweaty face rolling into the office in the morning. I’ve also made some of my closest friends in Hawaii through cycling camaraderie. Bikes for Life! If it weren’t for my bike sisters, none of us would have entered the Haleiwa Metric Century Ride as the “Greasy Threesome?.

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As far as economy, nothing beats $ Free.99! My boyfriend and I have been car-free and bus pass-free for about two years now, which leaves money for a 401K, sweatpants with words on the butt, a gold jet ski for my grandma, and feta cheese.
And as for health, it must be doing something right. Even though I eat whatever I want whenever I want (this isn’t a dieting blog, right?) I just flew home for a wedding where everyone referred to me as “the bridesmaid with the nice legs.? Thank you, Chinese genetics for my calves, but I guess the 2-hour daily commute workout must be helping too.

What do you do for a living and in what city do you bike commute?

I’m an architect, and I’m into the “S-Word?, or sustainability and green building. I’m fortunate to bike commute in Honolulu on the beautiful island of Oahu.

What kind(s) of bike do you have?

1. 2007 Kona Dew – on permanent loan to another friend who wanted to start commuting to work. The Kona Dew was my main commuter/hybrid and first real love, I ditched the yellow Planet Bike Fenders and the rack when we boxed and flew it to Hawaii.

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2. 2009 Scott Speedster – my bumblebee colored entry-level road bike. My first roadie and attempt at clippie-shoes. A note to fellow Oahu cyclists: don’t be fooled, I’m not that fast – it’s the racy paint job, and I’m not that rich – I bought the bike buy-one-get-one free! After getting used to the numb-crotch feeling and gearing down for stops on inclines, this Scott road bike is my newfound love. I love this bike like I love my step-Mom.

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(Speedster on right)

Any funny or interesting commuting story that you may want to share?

I’m really bad at spitting while riding as it often ends up on my face. A funnier one though is the first time I was testing out my long commute route in Honolulu. I had borrowed a friend’s junk-a-lunk MTB with shimano SPDs. I rode the busted thing about 15 miles in sandals equipped with only one water bottle, a huge backpack, and a trendy helmet without enough vents. At about 3pm, the Hawaiian Sun beat me down with heat exhaustion, and I ended up in a quivering pile on the side of the road by the beach. A Jehovah’s witness in a painter’s truck picked me up and drove me back home. I ended up instantly puking the vitamin water from my mouth and nose into a paint bucket all the way back. My boyfriend thought I was kidnapped by a crazy rapist, but instead the nice man sent me home with a jar of homemade lilikoi butter and a paper copy of The Watchtower. Awkward yet comical commute of the year.

What do people (coworkers, friends) say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?

Coworkers often say, “You should get pegs so we can go pick up lunch? or “I think you need to take a shower.? I do take a pirate shower in the sink at work in the a.m.

Friends and family often say, “Biking to work is HOT, I want to buy a bike!? in my dreams. In reality, they say the typical, “Do you want to die!?? To which I reply, “It’s actually tons of fun if you’re careful, you should try it!? I think I’ll make a commuting jersey that says: Yes, I am Crazy. No, I don’t want to Die.

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How about bicycling advocacy? Are you active in any local or regional advocacy groups?

I advocate by waving profusely and smiling at all cyclists, pedestrians, and car drivers at red lights. I participate in Hawaii Pedal Power’s annual Bike to Work month events and practice individual bike commuting evangelism. This means I preach fun, fitness, and $ free.99 by fixing up bikes and doling them out to friends as much as possible!

Anything else that you want to share with us?

Swamp crotch is the worst. You cannot cure it with anything but a shower. Baby powder does not work, nor does fancy anti-bacterial underwear. As a cyclist in humid Hawaii weather, it’s something to embrace. You are not alone, humid-weather riders.

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We’d like to thank Miriam for sending in her profile, and ask the rest of you to do so if you’re interested in sharing your experiences with others. Ride on!