On Tuesday, August 1, about 75 cyclists, including Mayor Bernard Carvalho, County Council Chair Mel Rapozo, and County Council Member Derek Kawakami, took part in the inaugural Rice Roll bike ride.
The event was the first of its kind and was made possible through a partnership between the County of Kaua‘i, Kauai Path, Hawai‘i Pacific Health, Wilcox Health, Lihue Business Association, and Get Fit Kaua‘i, a program of the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute.
The ride was approximately 7.8 miles long with stops at Vidinha Stadium for homemade sushi and Hokuala Path for a brief history of the area and more homemade sushi. Delicious!
The Rice Roll not only promoted bicycle safety, but also showed people that biking can be a viable way to get around the island.
As Rice Street will soon be undergoing a transformation to make it a walkable and bikeable area, the Rice Roll helped show what the revitalization project can do for the town core.
In October 2015, the county received the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, to the tune of $13.8 million, to revitalize Rice Street. Construction is expected to break ground by July 2018.
To learn more about what is happening on Rice Street, check out Hawai‘i Business’ article from earlier this year.