Cycle On Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2012 by a group of advocates for cyclists concerned about Hawaii’s sustainability, increasing obesity rates, and traffic safety. Managed and directed entirely by volunteers, Cycle On Hawaii organizes community events including Bike and Walk to School Days, bike rodeos for children, bike parades, and educational workshops on the Safe Routes to School.
Cycle On Hawaii’s most recent success was organizing Hele On Kailua, Hawaii’s first cyclovia, on August 26, 2012 in Kailua. Ciclovias originated in Bogota, Columbia in 1974 and have been successfully implemented worldwide. They are sometimes referred to as “open streets,” “car-free days” or “Sunday Streets” and usually involve temporarily closing one or more roadways to motorized traffic so that the people of all ages and abilities may safely enjoy them for recreational activities such as walking, bicycling, jogging, skateboarding and rollerblading. The purpose of Hele On Kailua was to encourage families to become more physically active and promote biking as a means of travel. The event featured escorted bike rides, 5k run, exercise and dance classes, bicycle runway, bicycle repair and education, wellness tests, food vendors, entertainment and more. Cycle On Hawaii would like to expand its reach by organizing cyclovias in other communities on Oahu. In addition to promoting active and healthy lifestyles, these events will be used to educate the community about bicycle facilities and pedestrian improvements in local neighborhoods.
Natalie Iwasa (aka Bike Mom) has been advocating on behalf of cyclists since 2005. She was Advocacy Volunteer of the Year in 2007 for Hawaii Bicycling League and in 2009 for Hawaii Pedal Power. She is active in the community and became a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), in January 2009. She started Oahu’s first bike and walk school buses under the Federal Safe Routes to School program and recently organized a special Safe Routes to School Challenge day in which 58% of Honolulu Waldorf School’s student body biked, walked, skateboarded or scootered to school. Natalie is also a certified public accountant and is employed full-time by Natalie J. Iwasa, CPA, Inc.
Nicholas Blank is an active cyclist, photographer and environmentalist, Nick enjoys outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle while placing safety at the base of such activities. As an LCI, he is trained to instruct cyclists using the League of American Cyclists curriculum and looks forward to educating both cyclists and motor vehicle drivers to make Hawaii’s roads safer for all.
For questions regarding Cycle On Hawaii, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-395-3233.