While the Bill 68 has been amended now to only include arterials and major collectors in the Primary Urban Center Development Plan Area (Kahala to Pearl City), the fundamentals of it are unchanged. It will still serve as roadblock to bikeways and Complete Streets.
Bill 68 is scheduled for a hearing Thursday 11/19/15 9:00am before the City Council Committee on Zoning and Planning. It has now passed three of five hearings to become law.
We need your help in stopping Bill 68! Testify!
Please submit testimony by Wednesday, 11/18/15 12:00pm (noon).
- Go to www.honolulu.gov/ccl-
- Personal info
- Date – 11/19/15
- Council/PH Committee – Zoning and Planning
- Agenda Item – 2 (Bill 68)
- Your position on the matter – OPPOSE
- Representing – Self
- Written testimony – speak in your own words, those are the most powerful.
- Call your councilmember – see here for district map and phone numbers that you oppose Bill 68.
- If you have time, come to testify at the hearing in person. It’s at Honolulu Hale (530 S. King St.) Thursday 11/19/15 9:00am.
Councilmember Trevor Ozawa, the bill’s introducer, has said that the bill is needed to increase transparency and to provide the City Council more of an opportunity weigh in on the bikeway implementation process. However, the Oahu Bike Plan, City budgeting, and project specific planning processes provide opportunity for public input and robust Council involvement. The truth is that Bill 68 would add a new and unwarranted hurdle for every bikeway and many Complete Streets projects. The result would be fewer bicycle-friendly roads and Complete Streets.
Why we need Bill 68 stopped:
- The Oahu Bike Plan, which identifies needed bikeway projects, had an extensive public process.
- The Oahu Bike Plan was approved by unanimous vote of the City Council on 12/7/12 (Resolution 12-307).
- The City is required to update the bike plan every 5 years, so there are frequent opportunities for the public to weigh in on what should and shouldn’t be in the plan and the City Council has approval power for every update (Revised Ordinance of Honolulu 2-12.1(e)).
- Bikeway projects with potential community impacts go through an additional project specific public process. Bikeway projects, such as Waialae Avenue and King St, go through a project specific public process involving public meeting, neighborhood board presentation, and direct outreach to adjacent property owners. Click here for a summary of all the outreach that occurred for King St.
- While this bill is about so much more than the, we shouldn’t forget that the City Council initiated action towards King Street protected bike lanes with the unanimous vote on Resolution 14-46 CD1.
- It would make bicycling projects more expensive and time consuming. Adding a City Council step to every bikeway project would add time to each project, which could increase the cost of projects.
- In 2006, 72% of voters said that making Honolulu bicycle and pedestrian friendly should be a priority. This bill would slow and impede implementation of this strongly support priority.
- It would make Complete Streets more difficult to implement. With the passage of Bill 26 in 2012, the City Council made Complete Streets the law. Bill 68 would make implementation of this more difficult and ultimately lead to many lost opportunities and fewer Complete Streets.
- The Public Infrastructure Map is reserved for large infrastructure projects (i.e. wastewater facilities, police stations). The only transportation projects included in the PIM are major roads, and rapid transit corridors and stations. South King Street isn’t even on the PIM (see the PIM here).
There are GOOD alternatives
The stated goals of Bill 68 is increased transparency, accountability, and public and council involvement in bikeway implementation. There are options to achieve these goals without impeding bikeway implementation, as Bill 68 will do. HBL looked at models from around the US and found the Seattle model to achieve these goals in a way that HELPS the advancement of bikeways and Complete Streets.
We have urged councilmembers to consider the Seattle model as an alternative to Bill 68:
- Master bicycle plan with 20-year network (which we already have) – this provides the overall network vision to make cycling safe and accessible to all
- 5-year bikeway implementation plan updated on an annual basis – this creates a high level of transparency into how the priorities and projects identified in the master bicycle plan are being implemented, while allowing for response to unforeseen opportunities and needs.
- Implementation update to council every 6 months
- Use of a 2 public meeting process for bikeway projects with a significant potential for impacts, such as parking and traffic flow – this ensures that all members of the community have the opportunity to have their needs, desires, and concerns heard and considered in the final outcome
These combined procedures will ensure a high level of transparency in bikeway prioritization and implementation, accountability in implementation of the bike plan, and robust community and council involvement.
Contact Daniel Alexander or call the HBL office with any questions. Mahalo for your time!