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) took full advantage of that opportunity, hosting a free ride on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The Ride of Silence is an event held throughout all seven continents during National Bike Month. Through MBL, Maui was one of almost 390 locations across the world to participate in this ride. This was the 17th anniversary of the worldwide event.
MBL’s memorial Ride of Silence took place on the Maui Veterans Highway (Mokulele Highway) bike path. The local event was in commemoration of Karl Hagen, a Maui resident and avid cyclist who passed away in 2014 after being struck and killed by an intoxicated driver. The cyclists rode from Boss Frog’s in Kihei to Target in Kahului and back. Participation was free to MBL members and non-members alike, and Maui residents and visitors rode in silence as a group, covering a total distance of 22 miles and making a statement about this important cause.
Advocacy updates and actions surrounding cyclist safety followed the event, along with refreshments, which were provided by the late Karl Hagen’s wife, Robin Hagen, and Karl’s family. Karl’s daughter Ariel Hagen also participated in the ride. Special guest Lauren Armstrong, the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization (Maui MPO) Executive Director, attended as well, providing updates on multimodal transportation projects on Maui.
“This ride takes place all over the world, but it is just as critical to support the biking community and educate cyclists to be courteous, safe riders right here on Maui,” said Saman Dias, Chair of MBL.“Whether we are individuals in cars, on bikes, or walking, we can all do our part to have safer roadways.”
For photos of Maui’s Ride of Silence 2019, visit the MBL Facebook page.
For more information on all of MBL’s upcoming events, visit www.mauibike.org/calendar.