Remembering a fallen bicyclist
Family and friends of Zachary Manago, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver near Wahiawa last December, are asking for the public's support with their efforts this weekend to make Oahu's roads safer for bicyclists.
Manago, a Moanalua High School graduate and baseball star who was set to play for Hawaii Pacific University this year, started riding last fall when he enrolled at HPU and discovered the lack of automobile parking in the downtown Honolulu area. He was killed while on a late-night ride with friends near Wheeler Army Airfield.
"We are asking the state of Hawaii to kokua with this memorable event to show their support for our efforts to make Hawaii’s roads safe and accessible to cyclists and pedestrians so that we can prevent future tragic events like Zach’s death," wrote Sheika-Ann Ambatali, Hawaii Bicycling League Volunteer Coordinator, via email.
On Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, the HBL will coordinate a two-day, island-wide ride to celebrate Manago’s life, memorialize his tragic death, raise awareness about safety on Hawaii’s roads and raise money for a safety education fund that will be used to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians about the laws of the road and safe driving/riding practices.
Register for the ride and get a full schedule of events online at the HBL website — there is no registration fee, and participants are not required to complete the entire 144-mile course. Organizers are also asking for support during a bicycle safety clinic at the Hawaii State Capitol building at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
"We particularly need the community to come out to the free bicycle safety clinic … and to bike with us the following morning from the State Capitol to Waikiki," wrote Ambatali. "Strength in numbers."
Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.