Bicycling League to hold Maui Memorial Ride
KAHULUI — Maui Bicycling League will once again be participating in the global Ride of Silence movement, which takes place in hundreds of locations each year to honor cyclists who have been hit or killed while riding on public roadways.
The Ride of Silence movement, held during National Bike Month since 2003, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have full access to the public roadways while following similar guidelines for motorists and pedestrians.
On Maui, collisions and fatalities occur yearly, including an incident in 2014 when Maui resident Karl Hagen was struck and killed by an impaired driver while cycling on the bike path along Piilani Highway.
“The number of cars on Maui’s roads has steadily increased as we welcome back vacationers. Heavier vehicle traffic, and even a greater number of cyclists, tells us it’s even more important to share the roads safely. Cyclists bear responsibility, we realize. People walking or cycling, and drivers of vehicles, must give each other space and the right of way, as road rules apply. Too, distracted driving, walking and cycling can be deadly. Please put down cell phones, drive and ride sober, and watch for others. Be pono,” said Kelli Lundgren, MBL ride organizer.
On Saturday, May 22, at 8:45 a.m., trained ride leaders will guide participants on a silent 14-mile ride from Kihei to Kahului and back along the bike path.
Riders are being asked to wear white and cycle with the group at a steady pace between 10-12 mph. Advocacy updates and discussion will take place after the ride, with refreshments compliments of Robin Hagen, in commemoration of Karl.
There is no cost to participate, but small donations to Maui Bicycling League are welcomed.
All donations support MBL’s mission to create a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly community through advocacy, outreach and events.
Due to COVID-19, event capacity will be limited to 20 participants, and social distancing measures will be in place. Registration is required. To register for the ride, sign up here: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/mauibike/items/154702/calendar/2021/05/?full-items=yes.