Join the effort to create a bicycle-friendly Hawaii! This page is designed to provide you with the knowledge and resources to be an informed and capable advocate. If you haven’t already, please join the Bike Advocates Team!
See Ongoing Advocacy Opportunities for the numerous events and meetings, Bike Plans for the plans that guide the development of bicycle infrastructure, Other Important Plans for a list of non-bike specific plans that are important in guiding bicycle infrastructure, Resources for Bikeway Design for the main resources on bikeway design (these are the manuals our transportation planners and engineers use), Connect with Government Agencies for links to agencies involved in bicycle infrastructure, Connect with Other Organizations for links to organizations involved in advocacy in the state and nationally, and lastly, HBL Staff Resources for the resources you can turn to at HBL.
- Neighborhood Advocacy Action – During the period between July-September, we’ll be organizing meetings in all 33 Oahu neighborhoods (following Neighborhood Board areas) to bring together people to talk about what’s needed to make their neighborhood bicycle friendly and to mobilize to make it happen. Click on the link for more info and to get involved.
- Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Bicycling – The MACB is a great venue to stay information on bicycling infrastructure issues on Oahu and to advocate for positive change. The committee is comprised of community members and both state and city government officials.
- Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizen’s Advisory Committee – The OMPO CAC is a great venue for keeping informed and weighing in on the transportation planning that guides the use federal transportation funds on Oahu.
- Visit our Advocacy Calendar for other advocacy events and opportunities.
- Complete Street State Law – In 2009, the Complete Streets bill (SB718) was signed into law with the intent of changing the way roads are built and maintained in the state. The law requires that roads be built to safely accommodate all roadway users – pedestrians, bicyclists, disabled, transit users, and motorists
- Complete Streets Honolulu City Ordinance – In 2012, the Honolulu City Council passed Bill 26 integrating Complete Street into the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu. The ordinance is a major step-up from the state law, integrated national best practices including the use of a Complete Streets checklist with every project, requiring director approval for exemptions, and requiring annual reporting on progress. Click here to read about the City’s ongoing work to implement the Complete Street policy.
- Honolulu Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Charter Amendment – In 2006, a resounding 72% of City and County of Honolulu voters revised the City Charter to state it “shall be one of the priorities of the department of transportation services to make Honolulu a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city.”
- 2% for Bikeways Law – This is Hawaii State (HRS 264-18) that requires that at least 2% of federal and state highway funds be used for bikeways.
- Bike Plan Hawaii (2003) – statewide, main plan for Hawaii Department of Transportation
- Oahu Bike Plan (2011) – Oahu-wide, main plan for the City and County of Honolulu
- Honolulu Bikeshare Organizational Study (2014) – plan for the establishment of bikeshare in urban Honolulu
- University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Transportation Demand Management Plan (2012) – UHM’s plan to get people to come to campus by bicycle and any other means besides driving alone
- UHM Bicycle Committee Plan (2005) – plan for UHM campus
- Transportation Improvement Program – 3-year plan for federal transportation funding. TIP 2015-2018 was approved in August 2014.
- Oahu Regional Transportation Plan – long-range transportation plan for Oahu that guides the TIP (if the project isn’t in here, it can’t get federal funding)
- Neighborhood Transit Oriented Development plans (City and County of Honolulu) – development and infrastructure (including bicycling) plan for areas around 19 of the 21 planned rail stations. The plans are in various stages of development.
- Kakaako Transit Oriented Development Plan (Hawaii Community Development Authority) – development and infrastructure plan for areas around 2 future rail stations in Kakaako.
- NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide – Design guide in use by municipalities across the US to build great bikeways.
- MUTCD Traffic Control for Bicycle Facilities – Design standards for signs and pavement markings (i.e. sharrows, bike lanes).
- AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities – This is the older school and more conservative counterpart to NACTO. Unfortunately, not available for free.
- Bicycle Program – Honolulu Department of Transportation Services bike plans and programs
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Gateway – Hawaii Department of Transportation bike and pedestrians plans and programs
- Safe Routes to School Program – DOT’s federally funded SRTS program, infrastructure and non-infrastructure funding opportunities available
- Directory of Public Officials – directory for state and county officials
- Bike Share Hawaii
- City and County of Honolulu Bicycle Program
- Cycle Manoa
- Cycle On Hawaii
- Oahu Mountain Bike Ohana (OMTBO)
With years of experience advocating for a bicycle friendly Honolulu and Hawaii, our HBL staff and volunteers have intiminant knowledge of bicycle planning, both the governmental proceseses that lead to getting things built and the design that makes sure we get the best bikeways possible. Feel free to contact Daniel Alexander, our Advocacy, Planning, and Communications Director if you have questions on bicycle planning or project design.
We’re in the process of developing an advocacy training program, which will cover things like bikeway design and transportation funding. Please email Daniel if you’re interested – firstname.lastname@example.org.