The City is considering bike lanes on three streets in Waipahu – Paiwa St, Waipahu St, and Leoku St. Collectively this an opportunity to take a giant step forward in making Waipahu bicycle friendly! Support is needed to make sure these move forward! Come out to the Waipahu Neighborhood Board Thursday Oct. 26 7:00pm.
Thursday October 26 7:00pm
Filipino Community Center (94-428 Mokuola St)
Waipahu Neighborhood Board
Complete Streets coming to Waipahu
The City is repaving a number of streets in Waipahu. In accordance with the Complete Streets law, they are looking at how to make all streets safer for walking, biking, and driving. Based on their analysis, the City is proposing bike lanes on Waipahu Street, Paiwa Street, and Leoku Street.
Waipahu St bikeway
The City is proposing bike lanes where there is enough room and sharrows where it’s too narrow. The bike lanes stretch 0.7-miles from Waipahu Depot Rd to August Arhens Elementary. Sharrows will continue west to Kunia Rd and east to the H-1 overpass (where the City jurisdiction ends).
Paiwa St bikeway
The City is proposing a “right sizing” of Paiwa St from Waipahu St mauka to Hina St. The “right sizing” will convert the street from 2 lanes in each direction to 1 lane in each direction, a center left turn, and bike lanes on both sides. See info below on why “right sizings” are so effective at improving safety. These bike lanes will improve an important mauka-makai connection linking Waipahu to Waikele (and the backside of CORP). When rail is operable, the Paiwa St bike lanes connecting with Waipahu St bike lanes will provide a bike connection from mauka areas to the Waipahu rail station near Waipahu Depot Rd and Farrington Hwy.
Leoku St bikeway
Similar to Paiwa St, Leoku St is under consideration for “right sizing”. The West Loch rail station will be located near the intersection of Leoku St and Farrington Hwy, so bike lanes on Leoku will play an important role in connecting people to the rail when it’s up and running.
Facts on Right Sizings
Right Sizings (aka “road diets”) reconfigure a 4-lane street from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction, a center left turn lane, and bike lanes. This treatment has been used on countless streets across the US and on Keolu Dr (Kailua), Kamehameha IV Rd (Kalihi), and Ala Napunani St (Salt Lake) here on Oahu. The safety results have been giant – according to the USDOT Federal Highway Administration right sizings reduce injuries and crashes by 19-47% for all users – bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. They do this because they make left turns much safer by providing a left turn lane, they make pedestrians crossing much safer by reducing the crossing distance and exposure, they make cycling much safer by providing bike lanes, and they dramatically improve safety for everyone by reducing speeding.