Notice anything different at Isenberg end of the King St PBL?
The City Department of Transportation Services is in the final stages of a Complete Streets Demonstration Project aiming to improve the Isenberg Street and South King Street intersection. This project incorporates “bulb-outs” or asphaltic concrete (painted white) to extend the intersection’s curb lines.
Bulb-outs serve several purposes:
- Reduces the crossing distance for both pedestrians and bicyclists
- Creates a pedestrians refuge and sense of safety within the buffered area
- With tightened turning radiuses, motorists are forced to reduce speed when executing turns
- Deters illegal parking at the intersection and improves the visibility of pedestrians
The project also includes a few design elements providing a sense of place and space:
- Reddish brown paint color corresponding to the softball field dirt
- Plants to be determined by the Urban Forestry Division (should not cause any sight distance issues)
As always, be safe out there! Note the breaks in the bulb-outs allowing for safe passage for bicyclists. Slow down and take the time to acquaint yourself with these changes. Mahalo to DTS for continuously improving our streets!
Complete Streets is changing our streets! This project is part of City’s effort to implement our Complete Streets ordinance that makes it a City policy to develop “transportation facilities or projects that are planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe mobility for all users.” Since it’s passage in 2012, HBL has strongly advocated for implementation of Complete Streets across Oahu and the results have been many BIG positive changes on our roads. Some of the most recent changes include the “road diet” of Kamehemaha IV Road which has dramatically improved safety for people walking, biking and driving and the Beretania Street bike lanes which have provided a dedicated space for cycling and narrowed the vehicles lanes to reduce dangerous speeding.
For more information, please contact our friends at the Department of Transportation Services.
See Star Advertiser article, Pedestrian project underway at King and Isenberg streets, by Christine Donnelly. Posted on July 1, 2016 12:05 am