LEARN THE RULES OF THE ROAD
|Hawaii’s State Bicycling Laws
Hawaii’s bicyclists are considered drivers of vehicles. Bicyclists have most of the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Learn more: check out Hawaii’s State Bicycling Laws.
Register Your Bike
Accidents do happen to even the most careful cyclist. Since 75% of bicycle related deaths are due to head injuries, protecting your head is essential. Only purchase a helmet that meets Snell Memorial or ANSI standards. Today’s bike helmets are lightweight, colorful, well-ventilated and sleek, so vanity is no excuse for not wearing one. For maximum protection wear it properly, so that it fits snugly over your forehead. Learn more at helmets.org.
Information for Motor Vehicle Operators
Bicycling is a healthy activity and helps to reduce vehicle traffic on our roads. We ask all motorists to operate with caution around bicycles. Remember that the bicyclist is someone’s auntie, uncle, mom, dad, grandparent or child. Some of our Maui County bicyclists are individuals traveling to work because they can’t afford a car, want to protect the environment, get exercise, be green, or save money. Let’s all be considerate of these vulnerable users of our community roads who are doing a lot to benefit our community by staying healthy and safe.
Keep in mind that bicyclists are required to ride on the right side of the road in single file. A bicyclist is allowed to ride in the center of the travel lane when the lane is too narrow for both car and bicycle to travel safely side by side. This rules applies even when the bicycle is moving slower than traffic.
According to HRS 291C-145(a)(2):
Motorists should pass bicycles with the same precautions used when passing other slower motorists. They should pass only in zones where there are no double yellow lines, and should wait until they can see that the oncoming lane is clear of approaching cars. The motorist should signal, then move cautiously into the oncoming lane (left of center) to pass the bicyclist. Motorists should give bicycles at least 3 feet of space between their vehicle and the bicycle. Let’s keep everyone safe!
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Report Problems with Roads, Bikeways and Bike Paths
|Harassed while bicycling?
Harassment and reckless endangerment are misdemeanor offenses. These offenses include threats, taunting, intimidation and conduct which places another person at risk of personal injury. In both situations, police should be notified and given as much information as possible.What to do in the event of a bicycling accident
Always carry identification and your cell phone in case of emergencies.
If you are involved in an accident, the following steps should be taken:
– STOP and remain as close to the accident scene as practical while remaining safe, except to notify police.
– ASSIST or search for assistance for anyone who may be insured.
– NOTIFY the police (dial 911). Follow their instructions.
– GATHER INFORMATION, as much as possible. Information should include a description of the individuals and/or vehicles involved, including license plate numbers. Information such as name and address should be exchanged with any persons involved, including witnesses.