King St Birthday Clean Up Party!
Tuesday, December 4th
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Corner of Keeamoku & King
The King St Protected Bike Lane turns the big 4 on December 4th! To celebrate we’re having a volunteer clean up to get it looking as beautiful as it should be! Join us Tuesday December 4th 4:00pm for the King Street Protected Bike Lane clean up. The King St PBL provides a safe way for cyclists to travel in a busy part of Honolulu. We will be working to repair the curbing and delineators. Bring some gloves and come join HBL in the clean up! And we’ll cap the clean up party off with some celebratory cake.
Brief history and important life events: On December 4th, 2014 the King Street Cycletrack opened with a fittingly grand ceremony – Mayor Kirk Caldwell cut the ribbon and led the 500+ celebratory group on the inaugural ride. This was the first protected bike lane in Hawaii – it had a curb and delineators separating bicycle traffic from car traffic. It created a safe biking environment for a 2-mile stretch from Alapai St (on the edge of Downtown) to Isenberg St (not far from UH Manoa). The King St Protected Bike Lane (following the national trend, we moved from the term “cycletrack” to “protected bike lane”) was immediately popular with a big increase in people cycling on the street. The next major event was the conversion of the King St PBL into a two-way bikeway with special bike signals, which occurred in May 2015 (Bike Month!). While the popularity of King St PBL was immediately evident, the City Department of Transportation Services’ robust data collection showed the level of its success – by 2016, bicycle ridership numbers had increase by an average 94% and people riding on sidewalks had decreased from 67% before to only 5% after. King Street has seen a steady increase in ridership since then with the opening of McCully St bike lanes in January 2017 and South St Protected Bike Lane in May 2017, providing the first two mauka/makai connections, and the launch of the Biki public bikeshare system in July 2017 providing 1000 bikes across 100 stations.