Like Anthony, many of the participants had not ridden a bike in years, several have been off two wheels since the 80s or 90s! Whether it’s been a few months or years off a bicycle, there are free bicycling workshops geared for all levels of riders. The 2 hour Biki Basics Bicycling Workshop started with a discussion of safety tips and rules of the road. We talked about the importance of visibility on the road. 'Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. It is important to indicate to other drivers your intention to turn or switch lanes. You should also ride in the same direction as traffic. Biki Bicycles include a built-in front & rear light to make cycling more safe at night.
After the discussion, we hopped on our Biki's and tried various obstacles in the closed parking lot. We practiced biking through lanes, turn signals, and double checking before we turn onto other roads. To complete our training, we took our practice to play on the road. As a group, we biked through Makiki and stopped a the Makiki District Park Biki Stop to learn how to unlock & lock a Biki Bike. It was all smiles at the end of our workshop.
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