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Hawaii Bicycling League

The Hawaii Bicycling League launches Bicycle Friendly UHM, a program offering free safety education for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers

Starting January 21, 2012 and lasting through May 2012, Bicycle Friendly UHM will be conducting free bicycle, pedestrian, and driver safety education at and around the University of Hawai'i at Mânoa (UHM) in the form of two separate classes - Commuter Cycling 101 and Walk, Bike, Drive.

Do you like riding your bicycle? Want to bike to work or school, but scared to ride in traffic? Want someone to teach you how? Then join us for: COMMUTER CYCLING 101!

This free 2-hour bicycling course begins with coverage of safe cycling practices in a classroom setting, then moves onto a secured parking lot to practice riding drills, and finishes with a group ride through the UH area combining classroom knowledge and road skills traversing an urban environment. The course will cover topics including: your rights as a cyclist, rules of the road, equipment safety checks, lane positioning, and more. Classes are taught by League Certified Instructors of the League of American Bicyclists. This event is free! You must be 18 or older and have a functional bicycle with front and rear brakes. This event will be at UH Manoa campus in the Moore Hall, room 119 beginning January 14th until April 29th, on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. To enroll click HERE!

The Hawaii Bicycling League is also putting on the event: Walk, Bike, Drive!

How can a pedestrian trying to use a crosswalk get traffic to stop? Why is bicycle riding on sidewalks more dangerous than bicycling on the road? When should drivers be particularly aware of bicyclists and pedestrians?

These questions and more will be addressed by a free 1-hour course designed to teach you how to avoid crashes and make our roads safer for everyone. In Hawaii in 2009, 113 people died in traffic collisions - 3 bicyclists, 26 pedestrians, and 84 motorists. You have the power to change these statistics! This class will cover traffic safety from the vantage point of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. It will provide tips on how to get you safely across the street as a pedestrian, the safest way to ride on two wheels and how to keep others safe when operating a motor vehicle. Four participants who attended the course will be selected at random after classes end in April to receive a free bicycle! This class is free and for dates and locations, visit their website!

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