HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Bicycling League kicked off this year's Ride in Paradise event on Saturday in honor of a teenager who was tragically killed while cycling in 2010.
Zachary Manago was a student at Hawaii Pacific University and an avid cyclist. But he was killed in Dec. 2010 while cycling with a large group of friends on Kamehameha Highway near Leileihua Golf Course. The driver, an army sergeant, fled the scene.
Just weeks before his death, Manago wrote a four-page paper on why there should be more bicycle lanes in Hawaii, adding that he feels "very unsafe and vulnerable to getting struck by an automobile."
Upon discovering the paper, Manago's friends and family, along with HBL, began the Ride in Paradise event.
The two-day long event features a day of casual riding and a criterium, a one-day bicycle race.
More than 200 people joined Saturday's ride, many of whom rode the longest route possible from Wahiawa to Kakaako, a whopping 66 miles. Saturday's ride was free to join but HBL encouraged fundraising and donations, all of which would go to supporting HBL and its initiative to promote safe cycling and driving.