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Bicyclists to cycle 47 miles across Oahu for 8th annual 'Ride in Paradise'

Riders took part in the Ride in Paradis in 2017. (Image: Hawaii Bicycling League) Riders took part in the Ride in Paradis in 2017. (Image: Hawaii Bicycling League)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A biking event with a cause is taking place on Oahu roads Saturday: Zachary Manago's 8th annual Ride in Paradise.

The event commemorates Manago's life after he was hit and killed while riding his bike along Kamehameha Highway in 2010. He was just 18 years old.

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His friends and family saw the vision he had for Oahu roads. He hoped one day, streets would be friendly for both motorists and bicyclists. 

Manago was an avid biker. He biked to school as he attended Hawaii Pacific University.

"Zach was passionate about safer roads for bicycling and his vision was for Hawaii’s roads to have bike lanes so more people could bike safely," the Hawaii Bicycling League said in a news release.

To honor him and bring attention to the need for safer roads, the league organizes the ride yearly.

Cycling participants will began the ride in Mokuleia Saturday morning. From there, they embarked on a 47-mile ride around Kaena Point, down the Waianae Coast and plan to end in Ala Puumalu Park in Salt Lake after riding down the Zachary M. Manago Memorial Bikeway on Ala Napunani St.

The bike lane was dedicated in his honor earlier this year.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the organization to continue advocating for bicycle-friendly streets.

This story may be updated.

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