October 10, 2007

Following a fatal bike accident that occurred Sept. 26 in Maui's Haleakala National Park, the National Park Service announced last Wednesday that it has suspended all commercial bike tours in the park for at least 60 days. The accident, the third fatality on a guided tour in a year, prompted park superintendent Marilyn H. Parris to issue a "safety stand-down," effective today. Park officials say the trips from the crater's summit down to sea level, which are taken by approximately 90,000 tourists a year, will not resume until a safety analysis is conducted. Though the park has allotted 60 days for the analysis, Parris said a decision might not be reached until early 2008.