UH Hosts Inaugural "BikeUHM" Event

By Kenny Choi
Published On: Oct 19 2011 12:16:31 AM HST
Updated On: Oct 20 2011 05:14:43 AM HST
HONOLULU -

Students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have been riding their bicycles to campus for years.

On Wednesday, school officials sponsored for the first time an event called, "Bike-UHM", to promote alternative ways to commute to campus.

Commuting to the UH Manoa campus can be difficult because of traffic.

"We live in a constricted space. We don't have a ton of room to grow on an island. The more cars we eliminate on a daily use the more room everyone's going to have in general," said UH Student Zeb Brown.

On any given day, up to 30,000 people are on the manoa campus. That's one reason the university sponsored the inaugural event.

"It's a good way to get students, faculty, and staff more aware of alternative modes of transportation to campus," said UH assistant to Vice Chancellor Ann Sakuma.

According to a recent online survey by Nelson Nygard Consultants, who was hired by UH, nine percent of UHM commuters use a bicyle to come to campus.

"They want to ride their bicycles instead of drive to work or campus," said Cycle Manoa Coordinator John Yeh. "They want to ride to the supermarket but they're scared to ride on the roads and for good reason. It's hazardous without a bike lane they lack the confidence to hop on a bike and use it as mode of transportation."

"It's not a hard thing to do. It's fun. A lot of people do it. You're not going to be alone doing it," said Brown.

"I think a big thing that can help the city and state is improving bicylce infrastructure and getting more bike lanes out there," said Yeh.

The university recently installed new and safer bike racks in front of Hamilton Library.

Run by students, Cycle Manoa hosts free bike repair clinics every wedneday from 6pm-9pm on campus.

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