Aloha Honolulu bike commuters – a last minute post to let you know about three exciting events tomorrow through HBL. Get your bike on!
Aloha Honolulu bike commuters – a last minute post to let you know about three exciting events tomorrow through HBL. Get your bike on!
Just a quick announcement from the HBL newsletter that found its way into my inbox: for all you new or long-time returning bike commuters on Oahu, if you need to brush up your skills on how to Ride Aloha and share the roads with everyone, check out either of these $free.99 classes offered throughout summer and fall.
HBL is now offering our Commuter Cycling 101 and Walk, Bike, Drive classes for FREE at Windward CC and UH Manoa!
Commuter Cycling 101 (CC101)
CC101 is a one-day mini 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.
Walk, Bike, Drive (WBD)
Walk, Bike, Drive is a safety course for anyone who sets foot or tire on Hawaii’s streets and roads. Learn about comprehensive traffic safety, with an hour long classroom session on how to ensure your safety and the safety of others as a pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist. We will cover the rules of the sidewalk and roads, and best practices to safely interact with those using other modes of transportation. Learn how to get safely across the street as a pedestrian, how to keep others safe when operating a motor vehicle, and more.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.
Aloha readers on Oahu (okay, and you other readers too)… There are several awesome updates to announce as part of the glorious Bike Month known as “May” in this year, 2012. Here’s a wrap up for anyone interested:
Yes we can. On Saturday the 19th, at 4 PM, meet at the Hawaii State Capitol Building.
It will be a short one, about 6 miles, and on a different day than the rest of the planet, but hey, this is Hawaii.
We plan to ride Beretania to Bishop, turn left, down to King, turn left and take it to University. There we will have a moment to honor the location of a fatal cycling crash on University, just below King Street. (If more locations of fatalities come forth, we will honor those as well.) We will then return to the Capitol on Beretania.
WE WILL follow the rules of the ride, wear helmets, obey traffic laws, and have a discussion of bicycling safety before departing.
If this is beyond your personal boundaries, please respectfully decline to ride with us and reconsider your choices.
There will be release forms to sign to participate.
This is to be a slow, silent, funeral ride. Please wear a black armband to carry the thoughts of one who was killed and a red one for one who was injured.
( An old sock is good for this, if you make one for your self, please make extras for sockless others. ) Feel free to attach a photo or name to yourself, or your bike, of the person(s) you are honoring.
Be Safe. It is a funeral ride, but please wear bright clothing to be seen. Blinky lights are always encouraged.
Be Respectful. Of yourselves, the fallen, the public, and the rules of the road.
Be Silent. This is a ride for reflection of those who have fallen, and thoughts of how we can make Hawaii safer to ride in.
Much Aloha to those who can make it, and those who cannot yet would like to.
More about the ride here, please take a few moments to review it.
Please come join Green Machines in a celebration of healthy alternatives to petroleum-dependent vehicles for getting around. We attract lots of bicycles of all types, but also want to showcase walking, Electric Vehicles, and more. If you can come, please email Jonathan Lott at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 561-9020:
Green Machines is holding this on the same day as the “Bike to School Challenge.” Friday of the same week is National Bike to Work Day (BTW). On Thursday evening, the Eve of BTW, there will be a big gathering for the Thursday Nite Cruise Ride to Waikiki, so please join us for that too (details still being worked out). We will have a sound system, live music and prizes, and informational booths at the show in the center of Farrington’s campus. Visitors will need to check in at the front office for an ID badge.
If you’re all spirit and smiles but still lacking a working set of two wheels to help you enjoy the lovely Bike to Work Month festivities in Honolulu, check out KVIBE – “Kalihi Valley Instructional Bicycle Exchange is a nonprofit bicycle education program/shop that promotes bicycle-related activities for the youth of Kalihi Valley. KVIBE provides the community’s children with positive pursuits, mentoring, and role models. Ride a Bicycle.” Their shop is open the following days and times: Wednesday, 12 – 5pm; Friday, 12pm – 5pm; Saturday, 10am – 3pm. KVIBE is located at 1638 Kamehameha IV Road Honolulu Hawaii 96819. You can make a suggested donation for a used bike or, if you have a lot of time on your hands, work to complete your own bicycling with the help of the KVIBE instructors and volunteers. Check out their website to learn more.
Get out there on your steeds and enjoy Hawaii’s Bike to Work Week/Month/Year activities!! Questions? More events? Post ’em in the comments, Cycle Peoples.
Today’s commuter profile comes from Willy Campbell, who submitted his information months ago and has patiently waited for his time in the spotlight. He’s coming to us all the way from Hawaii — and that makes our second Hawaiian bicycle commuter (hi, Miriam!) Take a look and see what he’s got to offer!
Willy Campbell [appearing as WillyC on the threads]
How long have you been a bike commuter?
I have been commuting off and on for most of my life, but have become more regular [not diet related] over the past 2.5 years since moving to Hawaii. I started riding my bike to school, t-ball games, etc. sometime around grade 2 [about as far as I can remember]. We lived in the sticks in Washington State, and it was ~5 miles to and from school. I loved the freedom. I would occasionally ride to a t-ball game [again in the neighborhood of 5 miles] down country roads…of course, this was the early 80’s, and you just did things like that then. I continued to ride until my older brother got his driver’s license shortly after I started my freshman year of high-school. I had a neighbor move in that was a bike junkie [up to this point we had the equivalent of Walmart bikes growing up]. My brother got a Giant Mtn bike for Christmas that year, and they asked if we wanted to go for a ride. They let me borrow an old Schwinn Mtn bike [it was old in 1989], and we took a spin around the hills of the town we lived in..I was hooked. I didn’t ride to school regularly, but when it wasn’t raining, I would take rides as often as possible. Like I said, I just loved the freedom.
Why did you start riding your bike to work and how long is your commute?
About 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with Diabetes. The doctor told me I needed to start exercising and eating right, or I was going to die [no joke, I switched doctors shortly after that]. I have never been much of a runner, and I loved to ride, so it all fit. A friend of mine had basically all the pieces I needed for a “commute” bike [mtn bike with slicks, you know the type]. Since I am a MTN biker down to my soul, the drop-bar and super skinny tires never did it for me. Shortly before the diagnosis, my work moved office locations, and happened to end up right on the bike path that splits the Salt Lake Valley. It was 7.5 miles from my house to work. The diagnosis came early spring, so I started to roll to work as much as possible. When the weather didn’t cooperate, I would ride after work and on weekends. Plus, there was no shower available at work, so that deterred me a little…I’m a sweater. About 6 months later, I took a promotion that moved us from Utah to Sacramento. We happened to move 3 miles from the office, but that was just enough to get me sweating, so I didn’t do it much. I did continue to ride after work and on weekends all year round since the winters in NorCal are milder than Utah. 2 years later, I took a job in Hawaii, where I currently live [3 years later]. I still have no shower access at work, so I bus in, and ride home as often as possible [try for 3 times per week]. My commute home is 18 miles; 6 of which are on a bike path that wraps around Pearl Harbor. The remainder is me being a gutter bunny since it is against the law to ride a bike on the sidewalk in most areas on this island. Other than the local favorite past-time of breaking glass bottles all over the gutters, it’s not too bad. I get the occasional finger from the impatient tourists…someone really needs to show them the proper way to “Shaka” [hang loose].
How does Bike Commuting help you with your lifestyle (economics, health, relationships)?
The traffic here on Oahu is horrific. I would compare it [during rush-hour] to LA [pretty much always]. The up side is you can only go so far, and if it’s not peak hours, it flows pretty well. Gas here is more expensive than most places in the US, and there is no such thing as free parking on the island. Costco doesn’t count; they will mark your tires, and tow after about 4 hours. Parking at work is $100/month, but they will buy you a bus pass if you use it at least 50% of the time. Winner, winner, winner!! The bus system here is excellent, and I can get from door to door in about 45 minutes. In traffic, it easily takes as long to drive as it does to take the bus. So I don’t have to buy gas for my car, no wear and tear, don’t have to pay for parking, or the bus pass, and get to ride home whenever I want…and since it’s Hawaii, that’s most of the time. I have 32 concurrent bus passes [$65 each], which is 32 months I haven’t had to pay for parking [$100/mo], no gas for the car [at $4.50 a gallon now, who knows], plus no maintenance on the car. Riding also lets me unwind from the daily grind. A bonus to riding the bus is all the books I read, and the occasional nap I get. I try to avoid sleeping on the bus; mostly I fear missing my stop, but even more that, I fear being the guy snoring that everyone on the bus can hear, but no-one wants to poke to get him to stop [which has happened on several occasions]. My company recently [in an effort to go green] has even offered to pay for a bike to get people to stop driving. The rules are still vague, but $300 is more than I could sell my ride for, so I will take it.
What do you do for a living and in what city do you bike commute?
I work for an Engineering firm based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and I teach/train/support Civil Engineering software. It’s basically just glorified baby-sitting, so the unwind on the ride home really helps keep me on an even keel. There are a few designated bike lanes in Honolulu and surrounding, but they don’t seem very well laid out, and usually just end abruptly. Another thing to keep you on your toes is the tide, when it’s high-tide, you never know what you are going to see.
What kind(s) of bike do you have?
Currently I have a pair of Kona bikes. My commuter is a 2009 Kona Dew Plus, and my Mtn bike is a Kona Smoke 2-9 [actually sold as a commuter, but I added fat 29er tires]. The before mentioned bike I put so many miles on, and that followed me from Utah to California to Hawaii [after following him from Pennsylvania to Utah] was stolen about 18 months ago. I went to lunch with a co-worker, we biked over, and it was stolen in broad daylight. Mine was a bare-bones 10 year old trek I had put 5000+ miles on, and his was a Surly with discs, shock, etc…they cut the cable [my bad] took his bike off mine, and left his. That led to the need to buy a bike, and after shopping around, I decided to give the big wheels a try, and glad I did. Still a flat bar you understand, since my soul would go on strike if I got anything with a drop-bar.
Any funny or interesting commuting story that you may want to share?
The best I can do, is my claim to Bike Commuters fame. When I saw the profile for Miriam Gee, I thought she looked familiar. A few mothers later, sure enough, there she was at my office for another presentation. I saw the shoes and knew it was her. We had a good chat. She works on the other side of Honolulu, and heads the opposite way to get home.
The only other thing I have is I managed to run over a mongoose’s tail last week on the way home. If you’ve never seen a mongoose [and no, not the junk bikes], look it up. Two ran across the path in front of me, and a third hesitated almost too long. I waited for the bump as he went under my wheel, but it didn’t happen. I would have thought he made it, but there was a slight hesitation as I rolled over his fuzzy tail. Speaking of junk bikes, they really like to make that thing look all mean and frenzied on their decals. Truth be told, they are like roaches, they see you and they bolt, and the decals on the bikes are about double size what a real one is.
What do people (coworkers, friends) say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?
Mostly jaws on the ground, and that dumbfounded look that usually lasts longer than is comfortable. 18 MILES??? How long does it take? 1:15, oh, that’s not bad [like they could do it faster]. Then I watch them try and figure out how I do it. There really aren’t too many options when it comes down to it. A couple of pinch points, and no matter where you veer off, you end up within a street or two of the only other options. Most people don’t drive to where I live…ever. I work with a handful of people that have lived here their whole lives, and have never been to Ewa.
How about bicycling advocacy? Are you active in any local or regional advocacy groups?
There used to be a Critical Mass occasionally, but they kind of faded when the cops started cracking down, but was before I got here. I am not aware of any groups or advocacy programs, so mostly it is just me riding home, waving to all the other guys I pass on bikes [cause that’s what you do when you ride].
Anything else that you want to share with us?
1. If it seems like I’m roadie-bashing [with the dropbar comments], it’s not intended to be hateful or hurtful. And yes, I have had several road bikes and tried to “get used to it,” but they all ended up being traded or sold in favor of a Mtn bike [mostly it’s the upright position I like]. My current commute bike has 700×35’s [enough volume to take the bumps], a riser bar with extended steer-tube, and is dialed just right…leaving no numb parts after 40 miles.
2. I have tried several ways to keep a pack off my shoulders, but seem to be stuck now. I had a rack with a trunk bag, but all the Velcro made it less than convenient to remove it from said rack. I saw the article on panniers, found one on Craigslist for a song, and gave it a try. Just stuff my pack in, and roll. About 2 weeks ago, one of the mounts for the top of the rack [where the post screws to the frame] came out. The whole thing [which amounts to a fancy rivet] popped out. Took it to the shop, and they replaced it with yet another rivet. 2 days ago, the other side pulled out, AND the replacement was stripped out…the bag doesn’t weigh that much, but a couple thousand miles, and the bumpy roads around here = no more pannier or rack. As I mentioned, I sweat, so the idea of having a pack on my back is my last resort. If you have any other suggestions, please pass them along.
3. I took the chance recently to make a video of my commute home. I mounted a GoPro to my helmet, and had it take a picture every 2 seconds, then compiled to a video [I call a flick]. It is choppy, so if you tend to get motion sick, you may want to reconsider. (Editor’s note…it is quite choppy. Drop a couple of Dramamine and come back to the video):
We’d like to thank Willy for sharing his words and photos with us. We have a few more commuter profiles waiting in the wings, but the hopper is getting low. If you’re interested in being profiled, drop us a line at: info[at]bikecommuters[dot]com or ghostrider[at]bikecommuters[dot]com.