Gas prices are approaching a record high in Hawaii and there is no indication that they’re slowing down anytime soon. According to AAA, the Aloha state ranks second only to California for the highest gas prices in the US, and our residents spent a full dollar more per gallon than the national average.
The most obvious solution to cutting back on your expenses at the pump is by driving less. But for those who still want to get around, the best option is to switch your mode of transportation.
One of the best parts of winter in Maui is the return of koloha, or humpback whales! West Maui offers spectacular views of the Auau Channel, a humpback breeding ground that’s nestled between the islands of Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokai. From December until May, residents and visitors can catch these gentle giants slapping their tails, blowing spouts from their blowholes, and sometimes even breaching from the sea! Best part is? You don’t need to have a boat to observe these magical creatures. You can see them from the shore along your electric bike ride! Simply pull over, put your kickstand down, and scan the horizon.
Visiting Maui without a car is a great way to save money on your vacation, reduce your carbon footprint and avoid potential stresses such as traffic jams, road closures and parking shortages. Many travelers choose to navigate the island using a combination of the transit modes Maui has to offer including the Bus, the trolley, and by bike! You'll still be able to experience the best activities Maui has to offer.
With rental car prices recently exceeding $1000 per day, now is a better time than ever to go car-less during your trip to paradise.
Here at RideSmart Maui, we’re passionate about e-bicycles because they offer the best of both worlds. They’re better for the environment than a car, while also eliminating most of the common disadvantages to cycling including hilly terrain, longer journeys. and high winds. Whether your intention is recreational use, exercise or transportation, the opportunities are endless and we guarantee you’ll find a time and a place to utilize an ebike while residing in or visiting Kihei, Lahaina, and the many other beautiful places on Maui. Participating in one of our fun, self-guided tours is the best way to learn about their benefits.
Ready for some adventurous, off-roading fun on Maui? Full suspension e-bikes are the newest trend for mountain bikers and we’re proud to offer top models to meet the needs of our customers. If you prefer challenging and varied terrain, and want to have peace of mind riding over roots, rocks and other obstacles, a full suspension e-bike might be for you!
These sturdy bikes offer pedal assistance and all the great features of a traditional e-bike. But, because of their increased carrying capacity, Cargo bikes make it even easier to use an e-bike as your primary mode of transportation.
In a perfectly sustainable world, vehicles that require gasoline for fuel would be extinct. Electric bikes and vehicles would transport us from point Lahaina to Kaanapali, and in between, we would consider how we have reduced our individual carbon footprint significantly by commuting on our electric bike. Or at the very least, we would not be worrying as much about the negative effects of climate change.