Ewa Beach man commute to Honolulu on bicycle

HONOLULU (AP) - An Ewa Beach man has found a way to avoid the traffic leeward Oahu residents contend with daily.

Chad Benson commutes 40 miles round trip to and from his downtown Honolulu job on his bicycle.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday Benson is part of a growing national trend of Americans who bike to work.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the number of bicycle commuters nationwide increased 60 percent since 2000 but cyclists make up only a small portion of total commuters.

Honolulu, which has among the worst traffic in the country, ranks 15th among large cities in percentage of bicycle commuters.

The Census Bureau estimates there are about 3,000 bike commuters in Honolulu. The League of American Bicyclists ranks Hawaii 40th among bike-friendly states.

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