Given May is Bike Month, it’s fitting we have a full advocacy calendar. From Waianae to Makiki, HBL is pushing for more bikeways and safer streets for all. Get involved!
Solution Meetings in Waianae and Makiki
HBL is organizing two Safe Streets Solutions Meetings this May in response to tragedies. The meetings bring together the community, government agencies, and elected officials to discuss engineering, education, and enforcement solutions to make our streets safer for people that bike and walk.
- May 8, Monday 10:00am – Solutions Meeting at Waianae Valley Rd./Niihau St.
- This Solutions Meeting is in response to the tragic death of Stanley Simon on Janury 9, 2017. Mr. Simon was riding bicycling turning from Niihau St onto Waianae Valley Rd when he was struck by motor vehicle and killed.
- May 9, Tuesday 10:00am – Solutions Meeting at Piikoi St./Kinau St.
- This solutions meeting is in response to critical injury of women bicycling that was struck by a car at Piikoi St/Kinau St intersection the night of March 1.
All that want safer streets are welcome to participate. Find out more https://www.hbl.org/solutionsmeetings/
Complete Streets on Kaonohi St
Monday May 8 7:30pm, the City Department of Transportation Services will present to the Aiea Neighborhood Board a proposal to “right size” (or “road diet”) Kaonohi Street mauka of Moanalua Road. The right sizing will change the street from 2 lanes in each direction, to one lane in each direction, a center left turn lane, and bike lanes. This will not only create a dedicated space for bicycling, but will make a safer street for all by reducing speeding, reducing pedestrian crossing distance, and making left turns much safer. The Federal Highway Administration urges the use of right sizings, because studies have concluded that they reduce collisions and injuries by 19-47% for all users. According to Department of Health numbers in the period between 2010-2014, in the proposed right sizing section of Kaonohi St there were 15 motorist, 9 pedestrian, and 1 bicyclist crash that required ambulance response. Let’s reduce this! What about traffic? At the level of traffic on Kaonohi (about 9,400 car trips per day), the right sizing transformation shouldn’t create any congestion, just less speeding. And what about parking? No parking needs to be removed. The Kaonohi St is truly a win-win Complete Streets project that will create a safer and more pleasant street for all.
If you live in or care about the neighborhood served by Kaonohi St, please come Monday May 8 7:30pm Aiea Public Library Program Rm (99-374 Pohai Pl) to the Aiea Neighborhood Board to support the Complete Streets project!
Waianae NB supports Leeward Bikeway and Waianae extension
On May 2, the Waianae Neighborhood Board unanimously voted to support the Leeward Bikeway and a “walking and biking path along the Waianae Coast.” They become the 7th Neighborhood Board to formally support the Leeward Bikeway and joined their fellow Waianae Coast board – Nanakuli NB – in endorsing an extension beyond the planned terminus of the Leeward Bikeway at Lualualei Naval Road to continue and extend along the entire Waianae Coast. The need for a safe walking and biking alternative to Farrington Highway along the Waianae Coast couldn’t be stronger – since 2016 six pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed on this section of highway. A separated multi-use path could have prevented this tragedies. This sentiment was very strong at the Solutions Meetings HBL held for Aitnes Kenan on April 15. Aitnes was bicycling on the shoulder of Farrington Hwy around Maili Point when he was struck by motorist. If Waianae Coast Path existed, Aitnes probably would have been using it and would be alive today.