Bike to Work Day in Honolulu: One Ride, Many Reasons, Lots of Aloha

Summer is right around the corner and many people use the month of May to get a leg up on the action. Claimed by the League of American Bicyclists, May is known as National Bike Month. The 31-day celebration is an opportunity to educate communities about the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons why one should ride. There are three key events that are pushed every year:

– Bike to School Day
– Bike to Work Week
– Bike to Work Day

Cyclists are urged to register or find events in their area and act as a beacon for those in the community who may have an interest in preserving their health and reducing their carbon footprint. This year, The Bike Shop partnered with the Hawaii Bicycling League to encourage cyclists new and old for National Bike to Work Day. Honolulu commuters were treated to healthy snacks and free tune-ups while sharing experiences at the event’s home base, Thomas Square.

“We’re all about trying to reduce the island’s dependency on imported oil,” says Catharine Lo, communications director of Blue Planet Foundation, who was on hand to stress the environmental impact of commuting. She and other members of her staff admitted to not being usual bike commuters; however, they shared a rediscovery of the joys of cycling – for some, not experienced since youth.

With the advantage of suitable biking weather all year around, Honolulu has an opportunity to shine on a national and global level.

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