What’s there now:
King Street runs through the heart of Honolulu, starting at Moanalua and ending at the base of Kaimuki. The road is a major arterial, with its multiple lanes carrying thousands of citizens by bus, bike, and car each day. Along its sides are numerous small businesses as well as landmarks like Honolulu Hale, the State Library, and the Blaisdell Center. Its width and high traffic volume makes King Street daunting for pedestrians seeking to cross it, and the street has seen several pedestrian fatalities over the years. Currently, King Street has no bike infrastructure.
What the Oahu Bike Plan calls for:
The Oahu Bike Plans proposes several projects to increase the usability of King Street for cyclists. The projects, when completed, will create six miles of bike lanes running from Middle Street all the way to Kapiolani Boulevard at a projected cost of $688,452. The lanes will prove a vital route for cyclists commuting through Honolulu, providing connecting to dozens of planned projects. The Oahu Bike Plan designates the stretch of King Street from Honolulu Hale to King Street’s terminus at Kapiolani Boulevard as a priority one and short range implementation project.
What’s being done:
The Department of Transportation Services has tentative plans to implement lanes along parts of King Street. The mayor of Honolulu, Kirk Caldwell, has expressed interest in the feasibility of a cyle track along parts of King Street.