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Mayor goes on bike ride to promote traffic alternatives

By Marcel Honore

LAST UPDATED: 12:48 p.m. HST, Jun 19, 2013

Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined local cyclists, federal environmental protection officials and state and county workers on a bike ride through town today to promote bicycling as a healthier, more affordable alternative for Honolulu commuters to get around.

The event was part of a broader campaign by city leaders and local advocates to make Honolulu more bike friendly, along with plans to add more dedicated bicycle lanes around town.

Using bicycles instead of cars will help Oahu residents “save money, stay healthy and not pollute,” Caldwell declared during a stop at Halekauwila and South streets -- the site of the planned Civic Center rail station. “People can ride from Ewa, get off here with their bike, ride up to city hall, ride over to the state capital, ride to some of the major employment centers ... and get to and from work.”

The morning ride started at Alapai Transit Center heading Diamond Head on King Street, then looped around at University Avenue and headed Ewa on Beretania Street into downtown.  The ride ended in Kakaako.

It included about a dozen people, including Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 Director Jared Blumenfeld. “We’ll certainly be there as a champion and advocate for Honolulu when there’s federal funding on the line, if there’s anything we can do to help get that money for bike lanes, dedicated bike paths,” he said.

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