May is National Bike Month. As such, it presents a fantastic opportunity for communities to promote the many benefits of bicycling, encourage more individuals to try cycling, and raise awareness of bicyclists’ legal right to public roadways.
A subchapter of Hawai’i Bicycling League, the Maui Bicycling League (MBL) will be hosting a Memorial Ride on Saturday, May 22, 2021. This ride is held in conjunction with the global Ride of Silence movement, which takes place during Bike Month in hundreds of locations every year to honor cyclists who have been hit or killed while riding on public roadways.
Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in 2003. The ride took place in Dallas, TX and honored endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz, who was tragically hit and killed by a bus while cycling. Although the first Ride of Silence was intended to be a one-time event, it quickly grew into a global movement in honor of cyclists who have been injured or killed while riding.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for Saturday, May 22
We have increased our event capacity to 20 riders so that more people can get involved in this annual advocacy event. Social distancing and Maui COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. Pre-registration is required for all riders.
In Loving Memory of...
The Maui Memorial Ride will honor two residents who tragically passed away while biking on our island, as well as all cyclists who have been killed or injured across the globe.
Both cyclists were wearing helmets at the time of the collisions and both deaths were 100% preventable. A big part of our mission here at Maui Bicycling League is to advocate for safer streets, more stringent traffic laws, and increased awareness and respect on the roadways. Learn more about our mission here.
Along with cyclists in locations all over the globe, MBL will raise awareness for cyclists on roadways everywhere, by making a silent but powerful request that the roads be shared by all.
For more information on all of MBL’s upcoming events, visit www.mauibike.org/calendar.