Action Alert – Tuesday November 14 7:00pm at Waikiki Community Center (310 Paoakalani Ave) the City will be presenting on the Ala Wai bicycle/pedestrian bridge to the Waikiki Neighborhood Board.
Connecting Our Neighborhoods
Ala Wai Bike/Pedestrian Bridge
The City has begun the (long) process towards building a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Ala Wai Canal linking Waikiki and the neighborhoods just mauka. The bridge has the opportunity to create a much needed safe and protected bicycling and walking connection that will also make trips shorter – leading to more biking and walking. The project is at the beginning and will need strong support for us to achieve it’s completion. Read on for more details.
Ala Wai bridge – what’s being considered
The City Department of Transportation Services has begun a feasibility study for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Ala Wai Canal somewhere between Ala Moana Blvd and the Manoa/Palolo Stream. While bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity is the City’s main focus, the study will consider the possibility of bridge that also carries cars (this would of course require a much larger, more expensive bridge).
Ala Wai bridge – why it’s important
Waikiki isn’t just Hawaii’s tourism hub, it’s also one of Hawaii’s largest employment centers and home to some 32,000 residents. Creating safer, more direct walking and biking connection between Waikiki and mauka neighborhoods (McCully/Moiliili, Manoa, Makiki) will have a giant impact in making biking and walking a real transportation option for the thousands of work, school, shopping, and other trips between these neighborhoods. Only one of the existing three bridges into Waikiki (McCully bridge) has bike lanes and all three bridges have high records of bike and pedestrian crashes and injuries. Creating a bicycle and pedestrian bridge would have the highest level of safety for walking and biking. In addition to safety, a bridge can dramatically reduce travel distances – for example, a bridge at University Ave would reduce the travel distance between central Waikiki and UH Manoa by nearly one-mile making people far more likely to bike.
Ala Wai bridge – what you can do to support
We need support at multiple points, through what’s going to be a multi-year process. For one, come out Thursday October 5 6:30pm to Washington Middle School cafeteria (1633 South King St) to support at McCully/Moiliili Neighborhood Board presentation. Next, click here to get on our Bike Advocates email list. There will be more public meetings and need for support! But with determined and organized support, we can make sure the bridge happens!
This was first posted in late September in response to the project presentation before the McCully/Moiliili Neighborhood Board on October 5th. We’ve updated it for the upcoming Waikiki NB meeting. The McCully/Moiliili meeting went quite well – with a majority of testifiers in support. The truth is this is going to be a long journey with lots of meetings. But it’ll be worth it! So please make sure you’re on our Bike Advocacy Team to make sure you’re getting the latest emails on how to be involved. Because we’re going to need a LOT of support along the way!