Kauai Bike Path
The vision is to connect communities via the bike path and to eventually connect towns by creating bicycle-friendly infrastructure in the inhabited areas of the entire island, from Kekaha in the south to Hanalei in the north. In addition to linking Kapaa to Anahola, there is a plan for a North Shore path to initially link the communities of Kilauea, Princeville and Hanalei, and a South Shore plan to link Koloa to Poipu and Waimea to Kekaha as part of that vision. What is unique about this venture is that it is run by a community organization (Kauai Path Inc.) that has the vision of "Kauai residents working together to preserve, protect, and extend access island-wide through the design, implementation, and stewardship of non-motorized multi-use paths”.
Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the variety of recreational activities that are possible on the bike path, which is used by people from all walks of life; from young teens trying out their skateboarding skills to older people relishing an evening stroll to enjoy the sunset. The path is safe for families and strollers, and is also popular with roller-bladers and joggers. Kauai does not have well developed shoulders on its highways and suburban roads, so the bike path offers a safe alternative to those whose preferred mode of transport is the bicycle. Biking is a great way to stay in shape while breathing in the fresh sea air, as the Kauai Bike Path travels mostly along the coastline and meanders past some of Kauai’s Best Beaches. Along the path you can enjoy fabulous views and calm waters in the summer and the opportunity for Whale Watching from the shoreline in the winter.
You can rent your own bike or enjoy a guided tour. There are a number of bicycle rental companies situated at various locations along the bike path. There are also several trails in the area for more experienced mountain bikers. To get the most out of your biking experience, there is some simple etiquette to observe. Keep to the right, and be sure to signal when passing, yielding to slower traffic (most importantly -pedestrians). It is important to stay on the designated path, and respect the area by not littering, and above all – be courteous. Dogs are allowed on the path as long as they are on a leash and cleaned up after. Remember to wear a helmet, as well as bike-appropriate shoes and sun protection. It is useful to also take a map as well as snacks and plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially when the Kauai weather is hot and sunny.