BikeEd Hawaii Has New Fleet of Bikes Donated!
Thanks to the Engineers Advisory Council of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, HBL’s BikeEd Hawaii has a new fleet of 60 BikeEd bikes and helmets. Plus, the old fleet was donated to partners Kalihi Valley Instructional Bicycle Exchange (KVIBE) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii. Donated bikes will also received new helmets provided by the Hawaii State Department of Health.
In addition to a donation of $12,000 to HBL to purchase 60 new bikes and helmets, the Engineers Advisory Council organized a volunteer day on November 5th, 2022 to assemble the bikes.
“The Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association is proud to partner with HBL to support the BikeEd program,” said Mufi Hannemann. HLTA president & CEO. “Our Engineers Advisory Council is one of our most active committees and they have done an outstanding job connecting with our neighbors in the community to continue HLTA’s tradition of giving.”
“Teaching our keiki bicycling skills and good bike habits is one of Hawaii Bicycling League’s most important and rewarding functions. We help kids have fun and be active outdoors while increasing their safety.” said Travis Counsell, HBL Executive Director. “BikeEd is made even better with the generous donations of equipment, elbow grease, and dollars from organizations like the Engineers Advisory Council. The next project will be fundraising to replace our aging BikeEd Trucks!”
HBL’s BikeEd Hawaii program has been teaching bike safety to 4th graders since 1989. BikeEd is primarily funded through a City & County of Honolulu Department of Transportation grant. This 5-day course is available to elementary schools across Oahu. With increased costs such as higher wages, fuel, and maintenance, combined with a reduced grant budget, external support is necessary to keep BikeEd Hawaii operating at its potential. Mahalo to the Engineer’s Advisory Council for their support!
Please consider making a donation to support BikeEd Hawaii and HBL at the link below. Mahalo!