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Century Ride draws nearly 2,000 bicyclists to East Oahu, Windward route

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:51 p.m. HST, Sep 29, 2013

More than 1,890 cyclists took part today in the Honolulu Century Ride, a 100-mile event that started at dawn at Kapiolani Park.

Participants rode at their own pace to Hawaii Kai, Kailua and up the Windward side to Swanzy Beach Park and back again.

To ride 75 miles to King Intermediate School and back, participants must pass Kailua by 11 a.m. 

To ride the full 100 miles, they must pass the KEY Project in Kahaluu by 10:30 a.m. Anyone arriving after those times was asked to turn back.

About 300 volunteers provided water and healthy snacks at the rest stops, and local shops Bike Hawaii, Eki Cyclery, The Bike Shop, Island Triathlon & Bike, and McCully Bicycle and Sporting Goods provided mechanical assistance to the riders. 

Back at the park there was food and live performances by Halau Hula O Kawaiho'omulu and the Royal Hawaiian Band.

The annual course is sponsored by the Hawaii Bicycling League, which also promotes bicycle commuting in Hawaii.

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau rated Honolulu as having the 12th highest bicycle commuting rate among the 70 largest cities in the United States.

With an estimated 2.3 percent commute rate, Honolulu is still far behind cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam, with nearly 40 percent bike commuters every day, and top U.S. cities like Portland, with a 6.1 percent commute rate.

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1local wrote:
more revenue can be generated with annual registration of bicycles...
on September 29,2013 | 07:27PM
96821 wrote:
Century Ridge?
on September 29,2013 | 08:16PM
princessleiya wrote:
You seriously need spellcheck...I agree with 96821....,it's CENTURY RIDE ....don't be a duffus.
on September 29,2013 | 08:58PM
flyinbob wrote:
Only 1 F in dufus
on September 29,2013 | 09:24PM
Konawayne wrote:
I ride a bike to work to increase the exercise time I do per day. So instead of stiting on my rear for one hour and twenty minutes per day, now I enjoy that time.
on September 30,2013 | 04:00AM
aomohoa wrote:
Such a good thing to do. Honolulu should be more bike friendly and less lazy. We were in Amsterdam in the spring of this year..Very few cars on the road, just bikes. No fat people there either. There are huge parking lots for bikes only. Thousands of bikes. I just can't figure out how you would find your bike, LOL I forget where I park the car at Costco.
on September 30,2013 | 09:15AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I like the "healthy" snacks part. As I recall Oreo cookies were always available at the rest stops.
on September 30,2013 | 05:52AM
GoldenDisc wrote:
Must be a fun event for the cyclists. But as a driver, it seemed somewhat dangerous. The Windward side has only one road lane going in each direction. When I approach from behind, some bicyclists would without warning drift from the shoulder into the single lane. Even if you are driving slowly, you would then brake suddenly or drift into the opposing lane.
on September 30,2013 | 06:11AM
Kuokoa wrote:
Would you please inform the Governor and the Mayor that we (cyclists) need wider shoulder bicycle lanes? There are sections where there are no shoulders and the cyclist must take the lane to the disdane of the motorists like yourself. This is a good opportunity for motorists to let the State and City & County know that they too would like to see better shoulder lanes for cyclists.
on September 30,2013 | 07:19AM
Bdpapa wrote:
There is no room, otherwise they would have widened the road.
on September 30,2013 | 08:05AM
aomohoa wrote:
Not true. They could just pave the shoulder on to the dirt a little more.
on September 30,2013 | 09:17AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
The bicycle licenses and registration fee doesn't cover building bike lanes on the Kaneohe bay Windward coast.
on September 30,2013 | 08:40AM
aomohoa wrote:
Let's see, the tax payers have to pay for so much, why not a little bit for bike lanes to encourage a healthier life style. If more people ride bikes to work there would be less cars on the road and lower obesity.. We have the best weather for it. They do it in Amsterdam and the weather is not as good as ours.
on September 30,2013 | 09:20AM
inuulu wrote:
Thanks Hawaii Bicycle league. Enjoyed the ride.
on September 30,2013 | 06:11AM
Bdpapa wrote:
It was good to see the amount of participation. But, the riders need to allow traffic to flow thru residential areas. Riding 2 or 3 abreast ubstructed traffic in many areas. The biggest culprits, were the riders from the bicycle league. In their attempt to protect riders, they caused problems with trsffic flow. Good event, but they need to fix this.
on September 30,2013 | 08:04AM
aomohoa wrote:
Give me a break. It's once a year. Make other plans for a few hours. I have done many century rides and people in other states have been very supportive of events like this. Get out and cheer for people instead of complaining.
on September 30,2013 | 09:22AM
Bdpapa wrote:
on September 30,2013 | 09:37AM
aomohoa wrote:
Grouch. LOL
on September 30,2013 | 09:54AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yeah today is one of those days :)
on September 30,2013 | 12:57PM
Tharu1 wrote:
Bicycles are not supposed to ride in shoulder lanes! By law, they are a vehicle that has every right to an entire lane! The reality that most bicyclists use shoulder lanes (when safe) in an expression of aloha should not be confused with the fact that when that shoulder lane becomes unsafe (which includes most bumpy/dirty shoulder lanes on our highways) the bicyclist needs to utilize the traffic lane that is their right as a vehicle to use to traverse the roads safely. Bicyclists are not required to be shunted into unsafe shoulder lanes and have every right to ride to the left of the white line on all of Hawaii's roads-- That is the law, instead of lamenting the few percent who seem like they are in your way (probably because the shoulder lane is dangerous for them) how about driving with aloha and understanding that bikes are vehicles too. I drive and bike-- and I try to do both with aloha!
on September 30,2013 | 12:21PM
GoldenDisc wrote:
Section 291C-145 of Hawaii Revised Statutes requires bicyclists travelling at less than the normal speed of traffic to ride nearest the right hand curb, on the edge of the roadway, or on the shoulder as practicable. The statutes also require riding single file except in bike lanes which are wide enough so traffic is not impeded with two bikes. Would be safer for a bike going 25 mph to avoid being in the middle of a 35-45 mph traffic lane.
on September 30,2013 | 10:59PM
W_Williams wrote:
This is a great event for the biking community. Some courtesy would be appreciated-like not riding side by side on crowded roadways. We always make way for bikes, so don't get me wrong. Bike riders and drivers should be courteous and operate safely.
on September 30,2013 | 08:21AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
The Kahaluu check point should have been on the makai side of Kamehameha Hwy. Instead of the KEY project, the checkpoint should have been the Canoe parking area across the street at the bridge. The crossing of hundreds of bike there created a dangerous situation.
on September 30,2013 | 08:44AM
aomohoa wrote:
Maybe you could help organize it next year. I'm sure good ideas would be appreciated.
on September 30,2013 | 09:24AM
Tharu1 wrote:
The key project aid station was a two way check point!--- folks coming back from Ka'awa would have had to turn left to get to it if it was on the other side of the highway... unless they set up two aid stations, one on each side of the highway--- I don't see how your suggestion would make an improvement.
on September 30,2013 | 12:11PM
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