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'Bike UH Manoa Day' rolls onto campus

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By Taizo Braden

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Bike racks are a bit fuller in Manoa on Wednesday as the University of Hawaii tries to make pedal power more enticing... at least, better than a parking ticket.

With a daytime population of more than 30,000 students and teachers, everyone knows that finding a parking spot after you get through traffic is hard to do at UH Manoa.

On Wednesday, the campus held their inaugural Bike UH Manoa Day.

The event started at Hamilton Library and is part of a comprehensive plan by the university's Traffic Demand Management team to make commuting to class easier and greener.

"This is a celebration where we are all getting together -- the campus, the community -- helping to make this happen and we are working to bike safety and we are encouraging people to ride their bike to work for the sake of the environment and health," UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw said.

Not only did students and teachers participate, the Cycle Manoa Club and the Hawaii Bicycling League were there to lend their support and expertise in teaching about bike maintenance and safety.

"Bike safety is very important one the things we are giving away today is these little blinking lights so bikers can be seen after dark as they ride to or from campus," UH Manoa TDM Coordinator Crysttal Atkins said.

Only about nine percent of UH Manoa students bike to school, and more than a third still drive a vehicle every day.

"I think UH is congested as it is and with all the cars that people drive and with it being an aisle that so densely populated, there is not much room to grow as is, so the more people that drive to campus the worst it is going to get," UH Manoa student Zeb Brown said.

To encourage more students to ride bikes, UH has just installed a row of bicycle parking racks in front of Hamilton Library.

In order to help bicycle riders get to the campus, several bike only routes are being designed in partnership with the City and County and State of Hawaii that will integrate with an overall statewide bike plan.

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