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Proposed Legislation To Limit Maui Bicycle Tours Under Review at Nov. 16 Meeting

November 11, 2021, 9:50 AM HST
* Updated November 12, 5:27 AM
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Michael J. Molina, Chair of Maui Countyʻs Government Relations, Ethics and Transparency Committee, has introduced proposed legislation to limit bicycle tours in parts of Maui.

Proposed legislation to update regulations for bicycle tours operating in the Pāʻia-Haʻikū and Makawao-Pukalani-Kula community plan areas will be reviewed in the Government Relations, Ethics and Transparency Committee virtual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m.

Residents of those areas of Maui have expressed concern about roadway crowding from a proliferation of bicycle tours, said Committee Chair Michael J. Molina.

Molina introduced a bill with these proposed changes to the Maui County Code:

  • prohibiting unguided tours
  • limiting guided tours to no more than six each day in each community plan area
  • requiring guides at the front and back of tours
  • limiting each tour company to one guided tour per two hours
  • requiring riders to sign the “bike pono” pledge

“I encourage community members to join me in an effort to strengthen bicycle-tour regulations and urge the mayor to address public safety, especially in areas with high traffic and dangerous terrain,” Molina said. “I strongly encourage all residents, especially Upcountry community members, to share their knowledge and input via oral or written testimony for Tuesday’s meeting.”

For information on how to watch or testify via video conference, phone or writing, please visit http://mauicounty.us/.

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