Letters 10-10-2012


Ironman

Cycling suggestions to visiting triathletes

At 8:25 Sunday morning, northbound on Alii Drive at Pahoehoe Beach Park, four Ironman cyclists were riding side-by-side, (two on the shoulder, two in the traffic lane).

This was an unnecessary impediment to motor vehicle traffic and an example of how the actions of some Ironman cyclists leads to an increase in the ire and aggressiveness of motorists toward bicyclists for weeks and even months following Kona’s Ironman.

I’m not anti-Ironman or anti-cyclist; I speak as a local, noncompetitive cyclist who has volunteered for the Ironman as a bicycle catcher for a number of years.

I am also of the opinion the aloha spirit and the “share the road” creed works both ways.

Ironman athletes: If you are truly appreciative of the community and volunteer support, please indicate with your actions, as well as your words.

Yes, there are many times a cyclist needs and deserves to be out in the traffic lane (parked cars, broken glass, etc.) but it is akamai, as well as courteous, to signal your intentions and move back to the shoulder when it is safe to do so, especially when there are cars behind you (a helmet rear view mirror comes in handy).

I know athletes are very involved with their training and race preparation, but they should please give a bit of focus to how some or their actions may be negatively perceived by others.

Some positive or considerate actions I would suggest: Save group riding for the shoulder of Queen Kaahumanu Highway, rather than Alii Drive. Stop at red traffic signals. Slow to a jog speed at stop signs. Signal intentions. Give a mahalo wave or shaka when a motorist gives space or waves a cyclist through at a four-way stop. Avoid digital salutes to motorists — no matter how much they may deserve it.

Those courtesies will help keep athletes safer while they visit.

It will also keep us local cyclists safer and treated with more courtesy months after the Iroman has left.

Eugene Schmitz

Kailua-Kona

DLNR

None of it makes sense

Does anything the state Department of Land and Natural Resources does make sense?

There are too many kayakers using Kealakekua Bay. So, lacking enough manpower to stop the illegal rentals going on down there it just denies permits to companies who are legitimately renting kayaks. The ones who take the time to teach customers about proper use of the bay. The ones who are trying to do it right. The ones who pay taxes (so we can have stupid government agencies like the DLNR).

Yup, that makes about as much sense as anything else the DLNR does.

Cindy Whitehawk

Kukuiopae