We still have a long way to go to make Oahu a cycling paradise, but recently we’ve had some BIG wins in our steady march to towards that vision.
New Complete Streets Program Administrator
In 2012, our City Council passed the Complete Streets ordinance and set out a clear priority that our streets and transportation system should safely accommodate those that walk and bike. Since then, implementation of the Complete Streets ordinance has been a top priority for HBL. So it’s with great joy that we welcome the brand new position. The new Complete Streets Program Administrator comes with the promise of seeing more Complete Streets on the ground and accelerating the work to make Oahu truly bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Click here to see an interview with Mike Packard, the Complete Streets Program Administrator.
Buffered Bike Lanes hit the ground in Kalihi
Oahu has its first buffered bike lanes! Actually they aren’t quite finished, but the spacious lanes have mostly taken shape. The buffered bike lanes that provide a striped buffer area between the bike lane and traffic lane are being installed on a 3-block section of Waiakamilo Street between Hart Street and Dillingham Boulevard as part of the resurfacing of the street. The project is also improving the bike lanes at intersections the length of Waiakamilo Street.
Howard Hughes bringing bike lanes to Kakaako
The Kakaako developer Howard Hughes will soon start construction to install bike lanes on Auahi Street between Queen Street and Kamani Street. The bike lanes will provide an important connection in the growing shopping and residential district and are another piece of our developing bikeway network.
Solution Meeting shapes a Complete Street in Pearl City
In May, HBL organized a Solutions Meeting on Lehua Avenue in Pearl City in response to the death of 86-year-old Cecila Palaraon and two others seriously injured while crossing the street. The meeting brought together the City Department of Transportation Services, Councilmember Brandon Elefante, area residents, and other important stakeholders. The group focused in on the idea of a “road diet” – converting the 4-lane street to 1 lane in each direction, a center left turn lane, and new bike lanes in each direction. The road diet change makes unsignalized crosswalks much safer, reduces speeding, provides a safer place for biking, and generally makes the road safer (studies have found the injury reduction to be 19-47%!). The call didn’t go unheard. The Department of Transportation Service announced it is planning for the road diet change to be implemented as part of the upcoming repaving of Lehua Ave.